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Professional Health and Social Care Studies MSc

MSc Professional Health and Social Care Studies

The Course Programme Structure Staff Profiles Why YSJ ?


Dr Chris Boyes

Course Leader: MSc Professional Health and Social Care Programme Suite
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Chris Boyes is a Senior Lecturer and course leader for the suite of MSc programmes in Health and Social Care. He teaches and supervises research at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels. He has previously been external examiner at the University of East Anglia and Oxford Brookes University (School of Health and Social Care: MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert. Rehabilitation). Chris is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research has focused on a wide range of topics including professional development in the allied health professions and the development of outcome measures in care settings.


Dr Hannah Spring

Senior Lecturer – Research and Evidence Based Practice Support, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Spring's background was as a clinical information specialist with significant experience in research, information and knowledge management in Government, NHS and academic sectors. She has over ten years teaching experience and at York St John and teaches across a broad range of health related undergraduate and postgraduate modules.  Hannah's research interests include: Information literacy and health; Systematic reviews and associated research methodologies; The impact of internet and web 2.0 technologies on learning and information behaviour; and Clinical librarianship in primary care and the allied health professions.


Maria Parks

Maria is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy with a clinical specialism is housing and social care. In addition to lecturing health students at YSJU, she also leads on knowledge transfer activities with statutory and non-statutory organisations delivering re-ablement, housing, assistive technologies and telecare. She is currently head of the Centre for Enabling Environments and Assistive Technologies that provided consultancy, training and evaluation for organisations such as various county councils, Assist UK, Whitby Disablement Action Group, College of Occupational Therapists, Department of Health, and DH Telecare Advisory Network.


Alison Wadey

Alison qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1993. In the main she has worked in the adult physical field, and initially specialised in traumatic brain injury, working with clients in neuro-ICU, sub-acute and community rehabilitation and case management. Latterly she has focused on working with older adults within in-patient settings and intermediate care, as well as providing rehabilitation in the community. Alison completed her MSc in Gerontology at the University of Southampton and focused on the older nursing workforce. She is currently in the final stages of finishing her PhD in Gerontology, entitled ‘the older health and social care labour force; characteristics, work patterns and policy implications’.


Caroline Wolverson

In addition to teaching on the undergraduate occupational therapy programme, Caroline teaches on the post graduate modules related to working with older people and people with long term conditions.  Her particular interests are in older people maintaining a productive lifestyle both within the community and care home setting.  Previous clinical experience includes working with people with learning disabilities, working in , older people’s mental health, social services, primary care and private and local authority residential and nursing homes. 


Frances Dodd

Frances Dodd is Head of Department for Occupation and Wellbeing, as well as a practicing Chartered Occupational Psychologist. Her previous business experience, both in Senior Management at Heathrow Airport as well as a practitioner in the private and voluntary sector, provide her with a background in leadership, as well as organisational life. This combination of both academia and business means she can effectively apply psychological theory to the workplace, making work not only more efficient but also more enjoyable!


Rachel Martin

Rachel is a Senior Lecturer at York St John University and a professional coach, specialising in the field of Engaging Leadership. She facilitates a range of CPD programmes for York St John, in areas including Communication, Coaching and Leadership.  Rachel also lectures at the University of Hull. 

A Certified Facilitator for Time To Think (Nancy Kline),  Rachel works with organisations to enhance communication and encourage independent thinking. Rachel is particularly passionate about working with individuals and teams to fulfil their potential, to develop the skills to engage and build sound relationships and to think independently to bring about change and new insights.

Rachel began her career working for a national retailer and spent ten years working as a manager within marketing and product supply.


Dr Alison Laver-Fawcett

Alison qualified as an occupational therapist in 1986 and has a PhD in Psychology (developed the Structured Observational Test of Function; 1995). Alison was an NHS modernisation manager leading service evaluation and improvement for Older Peoples’ Mental Health Services for 8 years and has undertaken consultation projects for the Care Services Improvement Partnership, Royal British Legion and the National Patient Safety Agency.  She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Occupational Therapy International Journal and has previously represented the British Association of Occupational Therapists as the UK delegate on the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Council (2009-2011).


Diane Cotterill

Diane has been an occupational therapist for 25 years and has worked in a range of psychosocial settings with working age adults, as well as a care manager with older people prior to moving into higher education. Her main areas of interest are older people and dementia care services with a particular focus upon the quality of life for people who reside in care homes in relation to facilitating active participation in occupations. She is also interested in ethical practice and professionalism and the implications for occupational therapy practice.


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