I qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Wrexham Glyndwr University in 2010. I worked as a community occupational therapist within social services for eight years before beginning my MPhil/PhD in 2017.
I am a member of and a previous volunteer for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and work as a Bank Occupational Therapist at a major cancer research hospital.
In my spare time I enjoy swimming, baking and working in my hilly garden. Since lock down I have taken up crochet aided by many YouTube videos with varying degrees of success.
HCPC Registered Occupational Therapist
PhD Candidate Glyndwr University 2019 - ongoing
MPhil Research Glyndwr University 2017 - 2019
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Glyndwr University 2006 - 2010
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Welfare. The Open University 1993- 2000
Since qualifying, alongside my clinical role and research I have been part of a small team developing the TRAMm Model, TRAMm Tracker and TRAMm Trail – collectively TRAMmCPD. A framework and tools to guide continuing professional development. I have a keen interest in encouraging engagement in CPD and to help people recognise the amount of learning they already do but do not necessarily recognise as CPD.
Doctoral research: Exploring the nature and process of occupational therapists’ continuing professional development and how the TRAMm Model supports this.
Additional research: Grants awarded from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ and the Elizabeth Casson Trust towards a project to explore occupational therapists’ engagement in continuing professional development activities to attain, maintain and develop research confidence and capability.
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Full and Part time programmes
Module Lead: Professional Studies
Hearle, D; and Lawson, S. (2020) A Strategic Guide to Continuing Professional Development for Health and Care Professionals: The TRAMm Model (2nd ed) Keswick: M&K Publishing
Hearle, D. & Lawson, S. (2019) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Engagement - a Concept Analysis. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 39 (4) pp. 251-259.
Lawson, S & Hearle, D. (2019) A Lifelong Journey. OTNews. 27 (1) pp. 30-31.
Hearle, D; Lawson, S & Morris, R. (2016) A Strategic Guide to Continuing Professional Development for Health and Care Professionals: The TRAMm Model. Keswick: M&K Publishing
Lawson, S and Hearle, D. (2019) The application of learning for CPD. In: Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference 17 – 18 June, Birmingham
Lawson, S. and Tempest, S (2019) Learning communities for CPD. In: Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ 41st Annual Conference 19 – 20 June, Birmingham
Lawson, S (2018) Occupational Therapists understanding of and engagement in Continuing Professional Development: A Literature Review. In: Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference 11 – 13 June, Belfast
Advisor to Dr Stephanie Tempest:
Broughton, W. & Harris, G. (2019) (Eds) on Behalf of the Interprofessional CPD and Lifelong Learning UK Working Group. Principles for Continuing Professional Development and Lifelong Learning in Health and Social Care. Bridgewater: College of Paramedics.
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