Mrs Patricia Eyres

Mrs Patricia Eyres

Lecturer Occupational Therapy (Education)

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)


I teach on the undergraduate BSc in Occupational Therapy.  Primarily modules on  Occupational Therapy Foundations, Occupation and wellbeing and the Older person but also contributing to Bioscience and research modules.
I  personnally tutor a group of students from each level of the programme and am 'Year lead' for the 1st year co-horts.







Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists, Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy Oxford

Certificate in Management Studies - Anglia Ruskin University

MSc Access and Inclusive Design , University of Salford


Posts held:


1980 – 1984

1984 – 1988

1988 – 1992

1992 – 1996 

1996 - 1997

1997-to date





2005 – 2006

2006 – 2008


- to date        

Basic grade Occupational Therapist Oldchurch Hospital Romford

Senior I Occupational Therapist, Black Notley Hospital Essex

Community Occupational Therapist for Hertfordshire and then Essex Social Services,

Deputy Head OT, Broomfield Hospital Chelmsford Essex

Head OT and later Lead Therapist  for Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust

Team Manager, Basildon Social Services Essex

Independent Practitioner

   Consultancy ,Project Management and Training for clients including :
        Harrison Training
        RAF Benevolent Fund 
        North British Housing Association 
        Hanover Housing Association
        Places for People Housing Association
        Police Federation 
        Essex School of Occupational Therapy
        University of East Anglia
        Essex County Council Social Services 
        Citizens Advice Bureau
        The Marillac Nursing Home, Brentwood
        Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust     
        Able 2
        Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust
        Jacqueline Webb & Associates. 

        Habinteg Housing Association
        University of Essex 
                    – Colchester Institute School of Occupational Therapy

        University of Plymouth

Teaching Experience:


1997 - 2006


 1997 – 2004

1997-to date

2006 – 2008

2008–to date

Visiting Lecturer on BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme (Levels 1, 2 and 3) – Essex School of Occupational Therapy

Sessional Tutor/Lecturer on BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme (Levels 1, 2 and 3) – Essex School of Occupational Therapy

Visiting Lecturer on BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme (Level 3) – University of East Anglia

Commercial training within health and social care, nationwide

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy – Module Leader (Levels 1, 2, and 3) and year programme Leader.

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (Levels 1,2,and 3) PAHC, University of Plymouth


Professional membership

1976 to date

1979 to date

1997 to date 

British Association of Occupational Therapists

Health Professions Council
Registered Occupational Therapist with Health Professions Council No: OT09643

College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section- Independent Practice

Roles on external bodies

Professional activities:

1999 – 2003




2003 -2006

2006 – 2008


2008 -to date

COT Specialist Section – Independent Practice - Membership Secretary

Programme Advisory Committee.  Colchester Institute School of Occupational Therapy 

COT Specialist Section Business Forum

COT Specialist Section Clinical Forum

COT Specialist Section – Independent Practice – Vice Chair

COT Professional Practice Board

COT Awards Review Group (representing Specialist Sections)

COT Specialist Section – Independent Practice - R&D officer

Non-professional activities:

2005 - 2008

Lay member of the Deanery Synod for the Church of England

Teaching interests

Anatomy and Physiology in the context of occupation
Theoretical Foundations for practice
Environmental design
Cultural diversity
Spirituality and worship
Business and entrepreneurial skills for therapists

Research interests

Research interests include:

The impact of environmental design on occupational performance

Worship as an activity of daily living within a multi-faith society – subject of MSc dissertation

Application of business and entrepreneurial skills to health care and health promotion.

Practice placements within the independent and third sector – subject of recent research project commissioned by COT – report due for publication 2009.

Eyres P (2001) (revised 2002)(revised 2005)

Business Start-up Pack for Occupational Therapists   COTSS-IP


Eyres P and Wenborn J (2002)

Providing Fieldwork Education opportunities within Independent Practice

OTNews, 10/10, page 10 – commissioned article

2009 COT Annual conference

- paper presentation on student placements within Independent practice.  A summary of the COT commissioned research using COTSS-IP membership

2008 COT annual conference

- paper presentation on worship as an activity of daily living, accessibility and theological issues

 2007 COT Specialist Section– Older People annual conference

-paper presentation on research into accessibility of worship for older people.

  2006 COT annual conference

- paper presentation on the development of an adaptations service within an independent specialist housing association (Habinteg Housing Association)

 2004 COT annual conference

- workshop presentation on the provision of assessments and roles for Occupational Therapists under the Care standards act

 2002 COT annual conference

- paper presentation on practice placements within Independent practice