Neil Robdale

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy


Neil is a Lecturer and Practitioner on the full-time 3 year Bsc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme. He has worked in this position since 2007.

His previous career was as an Occupational Therapist in mental health, where he has worked for 26 years in various parts of the UK. He currently still works part-time in mental health and part-time lecturing.

What do you do in your spare time? In my spare time I enjoy active sports, running, squash, badminton or just clowning around.

Do you have any pets? I have a dog and breed tropical fish which I'm currently selling to the local pet shop.

Do you have a favourite book? Yes, my favourite book is Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

What is your favourite film? My favourite film is Accidental Hero.

If you won the lottery... I would travel the world/universe.  

Do you have a favourite inspirational quote? “I ain’t dead yet” by Woody Guthrie is one of my favourite inspirational quotes.

What would you do if you didn't work here? I would choose to work in countryside conservation.


BA Hons History


Associate Fellow of HEA

Certificate in Mediation OCR

MSc Health Sciences


Mental Health

Laughter therapy

OT Education



Robdale, N. (2012) Care Planning in Community Mental Health. In M. Lloyd (ed) Practical Care Planning for Personalized Mental Health Care. Maidenhead: Open University Press. July 2012.

Robdale.N. ‘Neil Robdale describes how laughter proved excellent medicine – for him and his clients’, Mental Health Today. Pavillion publications, Brighton. April 2007.

Robdale.N. ‘Enable: A Bridge for Shropshire Employers’. Employers Update. Employers’ forum on disability. Winter 2005.

Robdale.N. ‘Everyone’s a Winner. Job Retention and Workstep’.  Newsletter of Occupational Therapy in Work Practice and Productivity. Specialist Section of College of Occupational Therapy. Spring 2005.

Robdale.N. ‘Stepping in Early: A Job Retention Scheme.’ A life in the day. Pavillion publications, Brighton. February 2005.

Robdale.N. ‘Everyone’s a Winner. Job Retention and Workstep’ Rehab Network. National Vocational Rehabilitation Association. No. 68. February 2005.

Robdale.N. ‘Vocational Rehabilitation; The Enable Employment Retention Scheme. A New Approach’. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol. 67, no.10 October 2004.