Dr Liz Cade

Job Role
Principal Lecturer In Occupational Therapy


In early 2020 Liz stepped into the role of professional lead and lead lecturer in the subject area of ​​Occupational Therapy, both for pre-registration and postgraduate study.

Liz has been involved in the development and delivery of the Occupational Therapy program since 2004 and has been involved in successful revalidation applications and commissioning contracts. It is proud to lead the program and is currently the 2nd in the UK in terms of student satisfaction and 3rd in terms of graduate prospects. He is a professional member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Liz was awarded a Doctorate in Health Science with the University of Wales in 2021.

Liz qualified in 1987 and worked clinically in the Liverpool and Wirral health authorities within physical and mental health settings. In 1989 she moved to social care working for the Wirral Borough Council for 14 years and with Cheshire County Council before moving into an educational role.

Her area of ​​clinical expertise is with individuals with a long-term disability and facilitating their independence mainly through house modification, rehab and equipment provision. The client group often has complex needs due to illness and chronic disease and benefits from removing barriers that prevent these individuals from living safe and meaningful lives.

Liz enjoyed taking students on placement when she was a clinician and in 2004 embraced the role of a practitioner lecturer on the Occupational Therapy degree here at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. Liz took a full-time role in education in 2006 and continues to play a key role in coordinating placements for our students alongside her teaching role. This includes developing new and varied placement opportunities for our students to experience throughout their training.

Liz has been involved in the development of the Occupational Therapy program since its inception in 2004 and participated in the validation of the new curricula which included meeting the standards required by the University and the OT professional bodies.

Liz enjoys rural life with her family. She owns a horse she competes with, as well as two exuberant spaniels and a few chickens.


Doctorate of Health Sciences, University of Wales

MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy (University of Plymouth)

PGCPD (Glyndwr University)

Fellow of Advance HE

DipCot (Derby School of Occupational Therapy)

HCPC registration / professional member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists



Practice Education / Role-Emerging Placements

The Meaning of Home

Resilience and Thriving


BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Postgraduate Allied Health Profession programmes


Thesis – A Propensity to Thrive: Occupational Therapy Students in Role-Emerging Placements through understanding of Personality, Resilience and Entrepreneurship