Miss Sam Whiting

Miss Sam Whiting

Teaching and Research Associate - Occupational Therapy

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)


I am a Teaching and Research Associate in Occupational Therapy at Plymouth University. This role involved both working as a member of the lecturing team within Occupational Therapy and working as a PhD student. I graduated from Northumbria University with a MSc in Occupational Therapy and have worked in Acute physical health since 2012 in several roles within Occupational Therapy. I have also worked within homeless services for children and young adults and mental health and learning disabilities within differing roles across the South West and Newcastle. 

My interests involve older adults and ensuring that older adults remain embedded within communities and have the services to remain healthy, active and engaged within society. My current research is embedding with public health and the use of multidisciplinary models within primary care to support adults with long term conditions. 

I am a member of the South West Regional RCOT Committee as co- member activity lead which supports local promotion of our role and CPD events for the region. 


BSc in Health and Complementary Therapies, University of Worcester 2012.

MSc in Occupational Therapy, Northumbria University, 2017-with Distinction. 
Awarded 'Best Postgraduate Academic Performance on an Allied Health programme Award' 2017.  

Currently engaged in a Phd investigating multidisciplinary working within Primary care and support for long term conditions.

Currently engaged in a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) to support my development as an academic and further explore pedagogic research.

Professional membership

Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

HCPC Registered
Member of the RCOT Specialist Section for Older Adults. 

Teaching interests

I am currently engaged in supporting teaching on the Undergraduate Occupational Therapy programme. I am also the PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) academic facilitator for Occupational Therapy at Plymouth University.

Research interests

I am an early PhD researcher with interests in older adults and community engagement. My PhD is currently investigating multidisciplinary working with primary care and how this impacts the lives of those with long term conditions. 

Member of the Participation in Everyday life Group, Institute of Health and Community 

Key publications are highlighted

Whiting S, Robertson D & Bannigan K 0 'Models of primary care for community dwelling adults with long term conditions- A scoping review protocol' JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports

Other academic activities

Whiting, S. (2017). 'Social Groups: Exploring occupational engagement in older men.- The College of Occupational Therapists Annual 41st Conference, Birmingham. 19/06/2017

Whiting, S., Robertson, D., & Bannigan, K. (2019). Models of primary care for community dwelling adults with long term conditions- A scoping review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports.

Whiting, S. (2017). ‘Once upon a time in Derriford...’ Blog for the #WeCare2 campaign to promote Allied Health Professions. July 2017. Accessible at https://plymouthhospitalsblog.org/author/plymouthhospitals/page/8/ 


Twitter Handle: @SWhitingOT