Nichola Williamson

School of Health and Social Care
 Nichola Williamson
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    2S2.3.24, Colchester Campus



I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2003 following completion of a 4 year in-service BSc occupational therapy programme at London South Bank University. During my studies I worked as a rehabilitation assistant within an NHS inpatient elderly rehabilitation service and during the evolving Intermediate Care services. My clinical experiences has been within the NHS in London working in learning disabilities, paediatrics and community rehabilitation before specialising in intermediate care services in both inpatient and community settings. Prior to commencing this academic post, I managed a large multidisciplinary community intermediate care team supporting early hospital discharges and preventing hospital admission across three funding organisations (Acute Hospital Trust, Primary Health and Social Care provisions). During this role I undertook an introduction to management course, supervised and managed interprofessional colleagues including; Occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nursing staff, social workers, social care enablement staff, rehabilitation assistants, administrative staff and local equipment service staff. In August 2012, I joined the School of Health and Social Care as a part-time member of the occupational therapy staff. At this time I remained in clinical practice, working as an Occupational Therapist for neurological charity. Since 2013, I have worked full-time at the university as a lecturer and Role Emerging Pacement tutor for occupational therapy. I have a keen interest in exploring the role of Occupational Therapists within diverse practice settings, particularly in animal assisted therapy. Providing long arm supervision for role emerging placements in a range of diverse settings offers ongoing opportunities to maintain a professional role within practice. In 2004 and 2006, I undertook voluntary internships with a not for profit dolphin therapy organisation in the Florida Keys and have a passion for the work in which these programmes provide for children and their families as well as their programme for war veterans. My clinical interests remain in community rehabilitation, hospital avoidance, falls preventaion and working with adults with neurological conditions. Since 2014, I have worked collaboratively with a local stroke charity, stroke survivors and their carers as a Masters student and academic Occupational Therapist. I completed a Masters in Health Care Practice in November 2018 and have continued to work in collaboration with the organisation with a focus towards reshaping community stroke provision for working aged adults.


  • Master of Science in Health Care Practice Health Care Practice University of Essex, (2018)

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice University of Essex, (2014)

  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy London South Bank University, (2003)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex (6/8/2012 - present)

  • Lead for Apprenticeships, School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex (1/9/2020 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Interprofessional and cross partnership collaborative working

Key words: Interprofessional

Professional/clinical practice in community stroke provision for working age adults

Key words: Stroke

Occupational Therapy - Diverse practice placements

Key words: Occupational therapy

Conferences and presentations

Poster presentation: Role emerging: Making connections to further the profession

National Association for Educators in Practice Annual conference, National Association for Educators in Practice Annual conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 21/4/2017

Workshop: Social inequalities: The impact of stroke on the working lives of stroke survivors and their carers

Council of Occupational Therapists for European Countries and European Network of Occupational Therapists in Higher Education 1st joint congress, COTEC-ENOTHE 1st Congress, Galway, Ireland, 18/6/2016

Joint organiser and presenter ‘Our Journey together’

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Reshaping the future of community stroke rehabilitation services for survivors, Tendring Specialist Stroke Service in collaboration with the School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom, 16/4/2016

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Informing Sciences 1 (HS173)

  • Engagement in Occupation (HS175)

  • Advancing Occupational Therapy Practice (HS371)

  • Interprofessional Collaboration and Development (HS790)

  • Interprofessional Collaboration and Development (HS810)

  • Mastering occupation (HS895)

  • Occupational performance and process (HS893)


Reports and Papers (4)

Williamson, N., (2019). A journey of discovery through collaborative working - Blog

Williamson, N., (2019). A gap in service provision after stroke and journeys of survivors

Williamson, N., Cleverley, M., Sowerby, T. and Worth, J., (2017). An opportunity for occupational therapy

Williamson, N. and Palmer, L., (2016). Making connections to further the profession

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