I am Kevin Cordingley, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, and Recruitment and Admissions lead. I moved to Oxford Brookes University in 2021. I fell into occupational therapy by chance, having gained a post as an occupational therapy assistant in an acute mental health service. Here, I found my space in the working world and was lucky enough to gain a place and complete a part-time programme in 1993. Upon qualification I worked in a day service for adults with mental health needs, followed by physical practice with older people. I then worked in a day service in mental health for older people and then mental health work rehabilitation and forensic mental health. I moved into higher education in 2004.
I did further study whilst in practice and completed my MSc in 2002, with a dissertation on the risk assessment of occupational therapists working in the forensic mental health setting. In 2016, I completed my PhD on knowledge used and created by occupational therapists in their practise in various forensic settings.