Geoff Downes

Geoff Downes


Personal profile

Academic Biography

Geoff is a lecturer in occupational therapy across all programmes, course lead for the Bsc (hons) occupational therapy apprenticeship programme, practice placement lead coordinator across all the occupational therapy programmes and module lead on several modules.

Geoff was a former student at Teesside University and qualified in 2010. Geoff has worked in numerous clinical areas such as housing, social care,  stroke rehabilitation, general medicine and safeguarding. Geoff has an expertise in housing and social care and project lead in 2013 on the implementation of a social housing occupational therapy service in a local authority. The service is now embedded in the local authorities social care services. 

Geoff also has a keen interest in capacity and deprivation of liberty, he is a qualified best interest assessor and is keen to continue to pursue this area.

Geoff teaches across several topics such as professional practice, practice placement preparation, inclusivity and professional body guidance.

Academic Responsibilities

Lecturer across all courses on the occupational therapy programme

Occuaptional Therapy programmes clinical practice placement lead

BSc (hons) Occupational Therapy Apprenticeship course lead (Sept 2019-May 2024)



Module lead on the following modules:

BSc Occupational Therapy course

Facilitating Independence and Inclusivity, 


BSc Apprenticeship in Occuaptional Therapy

Principles of Recovery and Rehabilitation in Health Care, 

Occupational Therapy Theory and Professional Skills, 


Practice Placement modules across all courses

BSc Novice Practice Placement

MSc Novice Practice Placement 

MSc Intermediate Practice Placement

MSc Advanced Practice Placement

Academic Achievements

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - 2020-2022

BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy 2007-2010

Best Interest Assessor qualification 

Submitted, accepted and presented at the Royal College of Occupational Therapy 2021 conference on the topic 'The New Normal: Enhancing Practice Placements in a Virtual World'

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Clinical Practice Placement Preperation

Professional Standards and Competencies 

Moving and Handling and Basic Life Support

Assistive Equipment Aids


Social care

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, PgCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Teesside University

Award Date: 28 Oct 2022

Best Interest Assessor, Northumbria University

Award Date: 30 Nov 2017

Bachelor, Occupational Therapy, Teesside University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010

External positions

External Examiner, University of the West of England

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