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Sandra Cleminson

01642 384519
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
School of Health & Social Care
Health & Social Care research

About Sandra Cleminson

Sandra Cleminson

Sandra Cleminson
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, School of Health & Social Care
T: 01642 384519
Research: Health & Social Care research

Sandra joined the team in January 2004 after 16 years working as an occupational therapist in adult and elderly mental health. Her experience has included extensive psychodynamic groupwork (in a large occupational therapy department) and five years in a community mental health team.

Her special interests are in groupwork, horticulture therapy and creative therapies. Her main areas of teaching on the course are in mental health and learning disabilities.

Research interests

Mental health and well-being through the use of art. The impact of contemporary art on mental health.

The issue of accessing cultural spaces and the impact of this on health and well-being.

The use of touch in museums to improve well being and how 'heritage' objects can be used in therapy.

The use of creative writing and storytelling in Dementia - which draws on the imagination model.

Learning and teaching interests

2017 Presented at Learning & Teaching Conference at Teesside - Evaluation of Drama workshop used with 2nd year students to increase awareness of learning disabilities.
I am interested in simulated learning to improve confidence and skills, which was an outcome of the drama workshop which was led by 'Lawnmowers' drama company.

Enterprise interests

The use of non-traditional placements to promote occupational therapy and to increase employability for occupational therapy students.
2012 presented with a student at COT conference , one example of the impact of non-traditional placement in a drug & alcohol project and how art was used to engage and address lifestyle changes.

July 2013 spent 2 weeks at Baltic Gateshead in the learning and education team, with an art group for people with mental health problems. Devised an evaluation of the experience and wrote a report which was used for a funding application to 'time to change'. Also, wrote a short report which explored access issues within the gallery in promoting attendance for hard to reach audiences with a focus on psychological barriers.

2014 working with mima, Middlesbrough and tewv art, to device an art group for service users with mental health problems. Which will be evaluated and used for discussion to devise a tailor made in-reach art project for service users who are unable to access the gallery.

2016 Designed and facilitated a creative writing group for people with dementia at Creative CafĂ©, Hartlepool.


Hall, Wren, & Kirby, (2013) Care Planning in Mental Health. Promoting Recovery. (2nd edition) Chapter 2, Experiencing Recovery. Moesby, A & Cleminson, S. ISBN: 978-0-470-67186-3 Wiley Blackwell

Sandra Cleminson, Aidan Moesby, (2013) "Service user involvement in occupational therapy education: an evolving involvement", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 8 Iss: 1, pp.5 - 14