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Dr Alison Blank

Senior Lecturer Occupational Therapy

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542686

I have been an Occupational Therapist for more than 30 years and worked in a range of clinical areas.† My main area of clinical experience was in community mental health services for working age adults.† My particular interest then and now, is in working collaboratively with people who use services.† Prior to joining the team at UW, I taught on the BSC and MSc occupational therapy programmes at Brunel University, London.† I really enjoy teaching and am immensely proud to be the course leader of the occupational therapy course at UW. I am an active researcher, with an interest in the meaning and experience of belonging. Outside of work Iím a keen gardener, and have recently discovered the joys of cycling. I have two adult children (a chef and a journalist) and I live in rural Herefordshire with my husband and our Deerhound Lurcher.


Dip. COT 1983

MSc. OT 2001

PGCE 2008

PhD 2011

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching interests

I teach across all three years of the Occupational Therapy course.† I am involved in practice placement education and the Action Learning Sets that support it across first and second year. I also teach Applied Sciences in second year and run the independent study (dissertation) module for third years across Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.

Research interests

I am a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in hermeneutic phenomenology. I have completed a fully funded post doctoral study on the meaning and experience of belonging and am currently collaborating with colleagues in the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science on the experiences of exercise and physical activity for people aged 65+.† I have a list of publications, some of which were entered in REF2014 and I fully anticipate being entered in REF 2020/1

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Health Professions Council. Registration No. OT11998

COT membership BT0017790



Blank A, Harries P & Reynolds F (2011) Mental health service usersí perspectives of work: a review of the literature. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74 (4), 191-199

Blank A, Harries P & Reynolds F (2013) ĎIím at the blocks really, waiting to bat oní.† Occupation, work & recovery: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of one manís experiences Work: A Journal for Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation.45(3), 299-305

Notley J, Pell H, Bryant W, Grove M, Croucher A, Cordingley K, Blank A (2012) 'I know how to look after myself a lot better now': service user perspectives on mental health in-patient rehabilitation. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, Vol 19, No 5.

Reynolds, F., Farrow, A. & Blank, A. (2012). "'Otherwise it would be nothing but cruises': Exploring the subjective benefits of working beyond 65". International Journal of Ageing and LaterLife, 7(1),79-106.

Makdisi, L., Blank, A., and Bryant, W. (2013) Facilitators and barriers to living with psychosis: an exploratory collaborative study of the perspectives of mental health service users. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(9), 418-426.

Blank, A, Harries, P, and Reynolds, F (2014) ĎWithout occupation you donít existí. Occupational Engagement and Mental Illness. Journal of Occupational Science. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2014.882250 To link to this article:

Blank, A., Finlay, L., and Prior, S. (2016) The lived experience of people with mental health and substance misuse problems: Dimensions of belonging. British† Journal of Occupational Therapy DOI: 10.1177/0308022615627175

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Member of College of Occupational Therapists Education and Development group