Jane Hibberd


  • 2.06 Queens Building

Personal profile

Areas of Expertise

Occupational therapy; risk assessment; working with older people; equipment and adaptations for people with disabilities; students with disabilities.

Academic Background

  • Doctor of Education (2019)
  • MSc in Health Sciences (2011)
  • Higher Education Practice – x3 modules completed (units 1, 3, 6) in part fulfilment of the MSc in Health Sciences, University of East Anglia (2008)
  • Certificate in Management (Level 4), Chartered Management Institute (2004)
  • Qualified AMPS assessor (Assessment of Motor and Process Skills) (2001)
  • BSc in Occupational Therapy (2001)
  • Qualified NVQ assessor - gained D32/D33 award (1999)
  • Diploma in Occupational Therapy (1990)

Key Research Interests

  • Equality and Diversity
  • Older people
  • Practice Education
  • Models and Theory of Occupational Therapy
  • Students with Disabilities in Higher Education
  • Capability Theory
  • Assessment and Outcome Measures

Teaching Interests

  • Role of occupational therapist in working with older people
  • Intermediate care
  • Assessment and outcome measures
  • Models and theoretical approaches to occupational therapy
  • Students with additional learning needs in higher education
  • Practice education


Administrative Posts

  • Disability Liaison Officer
  • Practice Education Coordinator for Occupational Therapy
  • Student Partnership Officer (2019- )
  • Course Director for Apprenticeship Degree in Occupational Therapy (2018- )
  • Interim programme Director for the pre-registration BSc (Hons) programme in Occupational Therapy  (2018)
  • Chair of HSC Special Circumstances Committee for Practice Education (2017- )
  • Member of Athena Swan Committee (2015-2017 )
  • Academic Lead for NEAT [Norwich Electronic Assistive Technology]  (2016-2018)
    • Care Quality Commission (June-July 2016): key member of the team at the UEA in hosting the CQQ team who booked NEAT for their Inspector Induction Training. I liaised closely with a core team at the UEA including the UEA Relationship Manager from REN and the Director for Enterprise and key contacts in CQC headquarters to provide advice on pedagogical learning and teaching in addition to facilitating the logistics of using the facilities within NEAT.  Income generated £10.920 for facilities alone.
    • Maintained successful relationships and sensitive negotiations with external companies donating equipment to NEAT.
    • SENSE Conference (June 2016): I provided lecturing and academic support for this event focused on technology awareness for people with complex disabilities. Income generated £865.00.
  • Member of MSc OT and PT Exam Board (2014-15 )
  • Practice Education Lead for Occupational Therapy Practice Placements – BSc, MSc and OTDA programmes (2009- )
  • Module Coordinator for placement modules on BSc (Hons) programme in occupational therapy (2009- )
  • Admissions Officer for occupational therapy (2007 - 2009)
  • Module Coordinator for 2nd Year BSc (Hons) occupational therapy and physiotherapy Human Sciences (2007 - 2014)
  • Module Coordinator for 2nd Year BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Practice (2005 - 2007)


  • Basic Grade Occupational Therapist: Mitchell Day Centre, Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge (1990-1991)  
  • Basic Grade Occupational Therapist: Chesterton Hospital, Cambridge (1991-1992)
  • Basic Grade Occupational Therapist: Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (1992-1994)
  • Senior II Occupational Therapist: Hinchingbrooke NHS Trust, Huntingdon (1994-1998)
  • Senior II Occupational Therapist: Lifespan Healthcare, Cambridge (1998-2001)
  • Senior I Occupational Therapist: Intermediate Care, Cambridge Primary Care Trust (2001-2005)
  • Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy at UEA: February 2005


Jane worked as an occupational therapist for 15 years in clinical practice before moving into higher education as a lecturer in occupational therapy at the University of East Anglia.  Whilst working in clinical practice she had a keen interest in the education of others, taking on the roles of NVQ assessor and practice educator.  Primary research interests include practice education, students with additional learning needs in higher education and working with older people.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education, School of Education & Lifelong Learning


Master of Science, School of Education & Lifelong Learning


Bachelor of Science, Queen Margaret University


Diploma in Occupational Therapy, St Loyes School of Occupational Therapy