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Dawn Blenkin

01642 738138
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
School of Health & Social Care
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Health & Social Care research

About Dawn Blenkin

Dawn Blenkin

Dawn Blenkin
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, School of Health & Social Care
T: 01642 738138
Research: Health & Social Care research

Dawn is a Senior Lecturer in occupational therapy and joined the team in July 2009. She qualified in 2002 after studying at St Martins College in Lancaster and has worked in a variety of settings spanning both physical and mental health. Her experiences of OT include orthopaedics, care of the elderly, neurology, inpatient adult mental health, community adult mental health and vascular conditions, but predominantly her expertise is community physical rehabilitation and intermediate care. Dawn has a number of qualifications including BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, MA in Education and she became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in February 2016.

Dawn has been actively involved in practice placement education, leading the practice placement team for the occupational therapy programmes from 2009 to 2016. She was involved in a variety of forums and committees relating to practice education at regional and national levels. Placement related achievements include devising and implementing a model for increasing placement capacity. Dawn is currently the Exams Officer for the occupational therapy programmes at Teesside University hence her involvement with placements has been reduced. Dawn teaches on both the undergraduate BSc and MSc programmes at Teesside University and has international learning and teaching experience in Malaysia, Switzerland and India. Dawn is also an Associate Tutor for the PGCE learning and teaching in higher education and delivers occasional sessions for the comics, graphic novels and sequential art degree in relation to movement analysis.

Dawn has a number of other roles, including being a social media champion, promoting the benefits and pitfalls of social media and its use as professional. Externally Dawn is a Visitor for the HCPC, assessing programmes of education delivered by other higher education providers. As a HCPC Visitor she provides expert advice and contributes to discussions and decision making to the HCPC Education and Training Committee. Dawn also holds the role of CQC Specialist Advisor. This role involves input into the Care Quality Commissions regulatory inspection and investigation activity.

As the columnist for The OT Magazine Dawn is an established writer, providing ongoing advice and guidance directed at students’ relating to a number of learning and teaching related areas.

Research interests

Dawns research for her MA Education was 'Service User and Carer Involvement in an Occupational Therapy Curriculum'. This was presented at the College of Occupational Therapists Conference in 2015.

Future research interests involve examining how students with disabilities are supported in Higher Education and how this compares to support in professional practice.   

Enterprise interests

Dawn has a number of interest areas but has predominantly focused on the use of non-traditional / role emerging placements to promote occupational therapy and to increase employability for occupational therapy students. Dawn  has presented at a number of learning and teaching conferences and The Royal College of Occupational Therapy Conference in relation to role emerging and non traditional placements.

Dawn supports the charity 'Candle for India' and provides extra curricula learning opportunities for occupational therapy students and teachers at the Deepti Centre in Adoor, India.


Publications and Conference Presentations

Blenkin D, (2017).Learning in a digital era. The OT Magazine, March / April 2017, Issuu publishing

Blenkin D, (2017). Summer Break. The OT Magazine, March /April 2017, Issuu publishing

Blenkin D, (2017). Clinical Reasoning The OT Magazine, March / April 2017, Issuu publishing

Blenkin D, (2017). Clinical Reasoning The OT Magazine, March / April 2017,Issuu publishing

Blenkin D, (2017). Homesickness – Dealing with Post Christmas Blues. The OT Magazine, January / February 2017, Issuu publishing

Blenkin D, (2016). Lectures- why just turning up is not enough. The OT Magazine, November / December 2016, Issuu publishing

Blenkin D, (2016). Hello My Name is …The OT Magazine, September / October
2016, Issuu publishing

Blenkin D, (2016). Studying with Myasthenia Gravis. The OT Magazine, July / August 2016, Issuu publishing

Blenkin D, (2016). Studying with Cerebral Palsy. The OT Magazine, May / June 2016, Issuu publishing

Fraser D, (2016) Social Media: Part Two Social media as a continuing professional development tool. The OT Magazine, March / April 2016, Issuu publishing

Fraser D (2016) Survival Guide: Social Media. British Association of Occupational Therapists Northern Yorkshire Regional Group Newsletter Issue 4; February 2016

Fraser D, (2016) Social Media: Part One What does your digital identity look like? The OT Magazine, January / February 2016, Issuu publishing

Fraser D, (2015) Studying with Dyslexia. The OT Magazine, November / December 2015, Issuu publishing

Fraser D, (2015) A Flying Start. The OT Magazine, September / October 2015, Issuu publishing

Fraser D, (2015) Portfolios. The OT Magazine, July / August 2015, Issuu publishing

Fraser D (2015) Service user and carer involvement in an occupational therapy curriculum. Poster Presentation. College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2015, Brighton, UK

Fraser D, (2015) Maximising feedback. The OT Magazine, May / June 2015, Issuu publishing

Fraser D, (2015) Survival Guide: Practice Placements. Northern & Yorkshire Regional Newsletter, Issue 2 April 2015, British Association of Occupational Therapists

Fraser D, (2015) Getting started with assignments. The OT Magazine, March / April 2015, Issuu publishing

Fraser D, (2012) The use of role emerging placements as a learning experience for occupational therapy students. 5th Annual NE Universities (3 Rivers Consortium) Regional Learning and Teaching Conference, Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Fraser D, Cleminson C, Horne D (2012) Enhancing students’ employability within an occupational therapy curriculum. 12th Annual Teesside Learning and Teaching Conference Poster Presentation. Teesside University, Middlesbrough.

Fraser D, (2011) Role emerging Placements - What Next? College of Occupational Therapists 35th Annual Conference Paper Presentation, Brighton

Fraser, Dawn (2010) Community and Ageing, Housing, Theory and Society, 27: 4, 372 — 373

Publications and Conference Presentations – Staff / Student collaborations

Blenkin A, Fraser D, Henderson S, Hume L (2015) Creating opportunities to obtain and evidence employability skills through voluntary projects,  Festival of Learning, Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Fraser D, Donnelly K, (2014) Survival Tips: Surviving First Year. Northern & Yorkshire Regional Newsletter, Issue 1 December 2014, British Association of Occupational Therapists

Cleminson C, Fraser D, Horne D, Ramsey E (2011) Role Emerging Placements. Teesside University School Conference, Middlesbrough

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