People

Simone Coetzee

Lecturer
School of Health and Social Care
 Simone Coetzee
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872278

  • Location

    2S2.3.26, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    9-5 Monday-Friday

Profile

Biography

Simone qualified as an occupational therapist in South Africa in 1998. She worked in the field of adult neurology and general rehabilitation in Johannesburg until 2002, when she came to the UK. She has worked since then in Hackney, East London in the fields of adult neurology, rapid response (A&E), older people and intermediate care (general rehabilitation). Simone became interested in researching the role of occupational therapy in non-traditional/third sector settings while working in day services for older people and those with long term disabilities. In 2011, Simone took up a PhD studentship at Brunel and is currently writing up her PhD thesis exploring the occupational experience of food growing in a market garden enterprise for people with and without disabilities. Simone has an interest in occupational therapy practice in the third sector and in promoting occupational therapy in role-emerging work areas. In education and practice, she has a focus on promoting service user involvement in both training of occupational therapists and in evaluation and development of services. Simones background is in disability studies and this has led to a strong interest in making research accessible and participatory for the people involved. She is currently completing her doctoral degree through Brunel University, London.

Qualifications

  • MSc (Global Health and Development Disability Studies) University College London, 2009

  • BSc (Occupational Therapy) University of the Witwatersrand, 1998

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Institute, UK

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Participatory action research and critical ethnography

Open to supervise

Organisational case study &ndash sustainable health and social care

Open to supervise

Third sector health and social care involvement

Open to supervise

Social enterprises

Open to supervise

People with learning disabilities

Open to supervise

Occupational science

Open to supervise

Food growing as a tool for community development and individual wellbeing

Open to supervise

Permaculture as a working approach to promote occupational, social and environmental justice

Open to supervise

Current research

Simone is currently writing up a qualitative research project using participatory action research and critical ethnography. Her doctoral research was done in collaboration with a food growing social enterprise in East London to investigate the occupational experience of people participating in this social enterprise. The enterprise use permaculture philosophy as a guide to running the organisation. Simone is interested in the impact this ethical approach to working with people, along with the organisation being a social enterprise, has on the volunteers with and without disabilities and whether the organisation naturally promotes social inclusion.

Conferences and presentations

17 October 2014: College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section for People with Learning Disabilities Conference, London. Platform presentation: The role of support workers working with people with learning disabilities in a food growing social enterprise

2014

21 November 2014: Conference Presentation - Sowing, growing and working together: participatory action research in an organic co-operative. Simone Coetzee and Dr Wendy Bryant. The challenge of sustainability in a finite world: The 7th University of Essex & Writtle College Interdisciplinary Conference

2014

10 Sept 2014: North West London Research Forum for Allied Health Professionals, Midwives and Pharmacists (Imperial College London). Title: With me, not for me: Learning Disability Support Worker Roles in a Food Growing Project **Poster Prize 1st Place winner

2014

03 05 June 2014: (Poster) College of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Brighton. Title: Learning Disability Support Worker Roles in a Food Growing Project.

2014

03 April 2014: (Paper presentation) Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa Congress. Title: Providing for Our Futures: The Reciprocal Relationship between Food Growing and Occupational Therapy.

2014

11 July 2013: (Platform presentation) Brunel School of Health Sciences and Social Care PhD Conference. Title: Growing Places: The participation of people with a learning disability in a horticultural social enterprise.

2013

12 13 July 2013: (Poster presentation) Growing Towards Recovery Conference, Kent. Title: Growing Places: The participation of people with a learning disability in a community market garden

2013

30 April 2013: (Poster) Brunel Graduate School Poster Conference. Title: Growing Places: The participation of people with a learning disability in a community market garden

2013

17 July 2012: (Poster) Brunel School of Health Sciences and Social Care PhD Conference. Title: The Occupational Experience of Participating in an Inclusive Horticultural Social Enterprise

2012

October 2010: (Poster) UCL Centre for International Health and Development and Leonard Cheshire Disability: The Future of Global Disability ResearchTopic: Key Factors Influencing the Success of Direct Payments and Individual Budgets in the UK, and locally in the London Borough of Hackney

2010

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Professional Enquiry (HS240)

  • Occupational performance and process (HS893)

  • Advancing Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy (HS894)

  • Mastering occupation (HS895)

  • Professional Enquiry (SE222)

  • Foundations for occupational therapy (HS892)

  • Therapy and Occupation (HS274)

Publications

Conferences (2)

Coetzee, S., Sluman, J. and Atwal, A., (2015). How can Occupational Therapy measure patient outcomes in acute care?

Coetzee, S., McKay, E., Bryant, W. and Nicholls, L., (2014). With me, not for me: learning disability support worker roles in a horticultural project

Grants and funding

2018

Trial of standardised and locally developed outcome measures for the health and wellbeing service within Organiclea Community Market Garden, East London

Organiclea Limited

Assessing the validity of the Organiclea Wellbeing Log outcome measure

Organiclea Limited

Contact

scoetzee@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872278

Location:

2S2.3.26, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

9-5 Monday-Friday