Samantha Pywell

Samantha Pywell

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB112

Subject Areas: Allied Health

Sam has been working at UCLan since 2016. Her area of specialism is community care including specialist equipment, adaptations, long-term conditions and palliative care. She has a keen interest in how mental wellbeing needs are met within physical health, and research.

Sam is a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at UCLan from 2019, and is contributing to teaching on both the BSc and MSc Occupational Therapy programmes at UCLan.  Sam has also worked as a Practice Learning Support Tutor at UCLan, supporting students on placement. 

Social Media

Twitter: @smileyfacehalo
Linkedin: Samantha Pywell

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  • M.Sc. Allied Health Practice, UCLAN, 2012.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Occupational Therapy, St. Martins College, Lancaster, 2002.
  • RCOT Institute of Social Psychiatry award winner (2018)

Sam is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and is a Registered Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council. She is an Associate Fellow of the HEA (D1).


  • DigiLearn sector Webinar series #14 (2020): Using a digital scavenger hunt in Welcome Week.
  • DigiLearn sector Webinar series #24 (2020): Connected and disconnected: Experiences of remote teaching, learning and working.
  • UK Microsoft EduDay (2020): Using Microsoft Teams for SIM hospital
  • Using Wakelet in Occupational Therapy education (4th June 2020). Online Delivery at Scale with Microsoft Surface and Office 365, online webinar.  


Pywell, S.  Roddam,H, Milston,A. & Archer, D. (2017). Anxiety and stress: exploration of common discourses influencing occupational therapy practices in palliative care. British Journal Of Occupational Therapy, 80(s8), 47–47.


2017 RCOT annual conference (verbal presentation)
2019 RCOT annual conference (poster presentation)

Research Activities

  • Sam is currently writing up her PhD on “Anxiety and stress: exploration of common discourses influencing community occupational therapy practices in palliative care”

Teaching activities

  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy.  Teaching activities and responsibilities are across the BSc and MSc Occupational Therapy courses.

External Affiliations

  • Volunteer with Remap
  • Volunteer Clinical Contact Caseworker for Public Health England
  • Microsoft Innovative Educator expert
  • Wakelet ambassador
  • Flipgrid educator
  • DigiLearn Champion