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Occupational Therapy

Congratulations on securing your place at Brunel

We’re looking forward to meeting you - either in person or online - and introducing you to life at Brunel. To help us get started, we’ve put together a short activity and some further information to help you prepare for your course - including a snapshot of the topics you’ll cover and useful resources. If you have any questions please email chmls-tpo-otcn@brunel.ac.uk.

Your pre-arrival activities 

In order to prepare for programme, there are some pre-reading and activities for you to complete. 


We would also like you to complete a short activity before you join us. We can discuss your answers in one of your first personal tutor sessions. Your work will not be officially assessed however it will allow your tutor to get to know you better.

How can occupational therapy change someone’s life?
Please read The Guardian article here. After reading the article, consider and jot down some thoughts on the questions below:

  • How do you think their experience impacted on them as a person and their daily life, e.g. what were the things they could or couldn’t do?
  • Did their experience impact on participation in different environments e.g. at home, at work or in the community?
  • How do you think an Occupational Therapist could have worked with this person in their situation?

We also advise you to take a look at the information below. Completing wider reading and getting familar with what you'll be learning, will help prepare you for academic life at Brunel.

Reading list 

Practice placement one

  • Polglase, Tracey. (2012) The occupational therapy handbook practice education. Keswick: M&K Update
  • Alsop A, Ryan S (1999) Making the Most of Fieldwork Education: A Practical Approach. London, Chapman & Hall.

Professional development 

  • Reynolds, F. (2005). Communication and clinical effectiveness in rehabilitation. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Hammell, Karen Whalley (2006) Perspectives on disability & rehabilitation: contesting assumptions, challenging practice Ashcroft, Richard E (2007) Principles of health care ethics. (2nd edition) Chichester. John Wiley

Knowledge and skills for occupational therapy

  • Atwal A & McIntyre A. (2013). Occupational therapy and older people (2nd edition). Chichester. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Bryant, W. Fieldhouse, J, & Bannigan, K. (2015) Creek’s Occupational therapy in Mental Health. 5th edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. 
  • Cole, M. B. (2018) Group dynamics in occupational therapy the theoretical basis and practice application of group intervention 5th edition Thorofare, New Jersey: Slack Inc. 
  • Curtin M, Egan, M & Adams J (2017). Occupational Therapy for People Experiencing Illness, Injury or Impairment: Promoting occupation and participation, 7th edition (Occupational Therapy Essentials). Elsevier.
  • Duncan EAS. (ed) (2009) Skills for Practice in Occupational Therapy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
  • Gross, R. (2015) Psychology: Science of Mind & Behaviour. 7th edition. Oxford: Hodder & Stoughton.
  • Pendleton, HM, & Schultz-Krohn, W (2017), Pedretti's Occupational Therapy - E-Book : Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction, St Louis: Mosby.
  • Rodger, S. and Dancza, K. (2018) Implementing occupation-centred practice: a practical guide for occupational therapy practice learning, 1st edn. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, London; New York.
  • Sumsion T (2006) Client-centred practice in occupational therapy: a guide to implementation. (2nd edition). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Human Sciences 

  • Floyd, R.T. & Thompson, C.W. (2018) Manual of structural kinesiology, Twentieth edn, New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Maskill L & Tempest S (editors) (2017) Neuropsychology for Occupational Therapists: cognition in occupational performance. (4th edition) Oxford. Blackwell Publishing. 
  • McMillan, I, Carin-Levy, G, Grieve, J, & Tyldesley, B (2012) Tyldesley and Grieve's Muscles, Nerves and Movement in Human Occupation, Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated. 
  • Shier, D., Butler, J., Lewis, R. & Hole, J.W. (2018) Hole's essentials of human anatomy & physiology, New York: McGraw-Hill Education