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Esme Wood

Senior Lecturer In Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy practice, values and professional identity remains at the heart of my academic and research work.


Esme is an Occupational Therapist and Senior Lecturer at University of Gloucestershire. She is an experienced teaching and research academic with clinical expertise in dementia care and health technology.

Outside of my work I enjoy all things outdoor and horticultural and run the twitter account The Outdoor OT. I am also a busy mum of 3 young children, and we enjoy gardening and family camping trips; taking any opportunity to spend time in or with nature. In the evenings I enjoy reading and co-ordinate a popular online book club.


  • PhD Health Technology, Coventry University 2020
  • PGCE Higher Education, Coventry University 2013
  • MSc Advanced Practice – Dementia Care, Manchester University 2010
  • APPL accreditation, Salford University 2007
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Derby University 2005

Membership of professional bodies

  • British Society of Gerontology (BSG), Individual Member, February 2019
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellow, March 2013
  • RCOT – Specialist Section for Older People (RCOT-SSOP), Professional Member, January 2007
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT), Individual Professional Member, October 2005
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT), Professional Member, September 2005
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Registered Occupational Therapist, September 2005

Teaching & Research


Esme teaches across all levels of the BSc Occupational Therapy course; she is an experienced who has developed and taught a range of health courses at BSc and MSc level in several UK universities. Her teaching is underpinned by a passion for creative pedagogical practices and quality student experiences.


More publications from Esme Wood can be found in the Research Repository.