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Dr Anna Pettican

Lecturer
School of Health and Social Care
Dr Anna Pettican

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Biography

I am an Occupational Therapist with practice and research interests in using physical activity for therapeutic means and ends. I also have an interest in occupational and social justice, health inequities and using co-production and participatory methods to work with marginalised groups to address inequalities in participation and knowledge production. I combine my academic work with working with Sport for Confidence CIC, a social enterprise that addresses access and performance problems with anyone who face barriers to participation, by placing occupational therapists and specialist sports coaches into leisure centres to make them more accessible and inclusive. In this role I co-lead a national strategic team, which incorporates the Moving Occupational Therapists programme and is funded via a system partnership with Sport England. I also currently co-lead (with my physiotherapy colleague, Dr Adrian Mallows) the Essex hub for the Council for Allied Health Professions Research. Since 2020 I have been a member of the Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Public Health Expert Advisory Group convened by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (previously Public Health England), which has a particular remit for enacting the current UK AHP Public Health strategic framework across practice, research and education. I am a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am also a reviewer for the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal and Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. I work part-time, Tuesday-Thursday.

Qualifications

  • PhD Occupational Therapy University of Essex,

  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice University of Essex,

  • MSc Occupational Therapy Brunel University London,

  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Coventry University,

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Post-doctoral Researcher (Senior Research Officer), School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, University of Essex (1/8/2019 - 31/12/2021)

  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Career break July 2017-Nov 2018), School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex (2/11/2009 - 31/7/2019)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Occupational therapy and physical inactivity. Using sport and physical activity for therapeutic means and ends.

I am an Occupational Therapist with practice and research interests in using physical activity for therapeutic means and ends. I also have an interest in occupational and social justice, health inequities and using co-production and participatory methods to work with marginalised groups to address inequalities in participation and knowledge production. I would welcome PhD applications in relation to these topics.

Key words: Physical inactivity
Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Play Your Part: Occupational therapists disrupting the sport and physical activity sector

World Federation of Occupational Therapists (Paris), 31/8/2022

MovingOccupationalTherapists: Practice placement innovation and utilising physical activity for therapeutic means and ends.

Royal College of Occupational Therapists 46th Annual Conference, 15/6/2022

Learning from the Voices for Inclusive Activity (VIA) Project: Using digital methods to facilitate inclusive and accessible research.

Royal College of Occupational Therapists 46th Annual Conference,, 14/6/2022

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Using Evidence in Health Care Practice (HS858)

  • The thinking therapist (HS896)

Previous supervision

Ellen Serwaa Adomako
Ellen Serwaa Adomako
Thesis title: Exploring the Staff and Service User Perspectives on the Impact of the Physical and Social Environment on Service Users’ Engagement in Therapeutic Activities in an Adult Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit
Degree subject: Occupational Therapy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 10/2/2022

Publications

Journal articles (9)

Pettican, A., Speed, E., Bryant, W., Kilbride, C. and Beresford, P., (2022). Levelling the playing field: Exploring inequalities and exclusions with a community‐based football league for people with experience of mental distress. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 69 (3), 290-300

Pettican, A., Goodman, B., Bryant, W., Beresford, P., Freeman, P., Gladwell, V., Kilbride, C. and Speed, E., (2022). Doing together: reflections on facilitating the co-production of participatory action research with marginalised populations. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 1-18

Pettican, A., Speed, E., Kilbride, C., Bryant, W. and Beresford, P., (2021). An occupational justice perspective on playing football and living with mental distress. Journal of Occupational Science. 28 (1), 159-172

Pettican, AR., (2013). Politics of occupation-centred practice: reflections on occupational engagement across cultures. BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY. 76 (2), 115-116

Pettican, A. and Prior, S., (2011). ‘It's a New Way of Life’: An Exploration of the Occupational Transition of Retirement. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 74 (1), 12-19

Pettican, AR. and Bostock, JL., (2009). UK research governance developments: Opportunities for therapy research?. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 16 (5), 289-297

Pettican, A., (2009). Mental health outcomes compendium. Mental Health Occupational Therapy. 14 (2), 70-71

Pettican, A. and Bryant, W., (2007). Sustaining a Focus on Occupation in Community Mental Health Practice. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 70 (4), 140-146

Pettican, A., (2002). Fieldwork placements and the academic award. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 65 (1), 37-

Book chapters (1)

Bryant, W., Pettican, AR. and Coetzee, S., (2016). Designing Participatory Action Research To Relocate Margins, Borders and Centres. In: Occupational Therapies Without Borders Integrating Justice with Practice. Editors: Sakellariou, D. and Pollard, N., . Elsevier. 73- 73. 070205920X. 9780702059209

Grants and funding

2021

Together We Grow: The impact of gardening on physical, psychological and social outcomes

University of Essex (ESRC IAA)

2019

Evaluation_Local Delivery Pilot for Sport England

Sport England

Contact

anna.pettican@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872598

Location:

2S2.3.13, Colchester Campus

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