Maggie Bracher

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Maggie Bracher

Maggie Bracher

MBAOT Occupational Therapy Lecturer/Ergonomic and Back Care Adviser, University of Southampton
Qualifications 1982 - Diploma in Occupational Therapy 1999 – National Back Care Adviser (University of Southampton Post Registration National Back Care Adviser Course) 2009 – MSc in Health Ergonomics Professional Posts 1996 – 2021 Occupational Therapy lecturer and back care adviser at University of Southampton specialising in physical occupational therapy, ergonomics, back care and design for occupation. Occupational Therapy practice placement co-ordinator 1987 – 1996 District Training Co-ordinator, East Dorset District and latterly Dorset HealthCare Trust, managing OT student placements and staff training/CPD programmes for the District/Trust 1982 – 1987 Occupational Therapist, managing outpatient services at Southampton General Hospital, specialising in upper limb rehabilitation and splinting Special Interests • Co-founder of Equine Facilitated Occupational Therapy–UK special interest group in 2015 • Animals in Therapy – Voluntary engagement with assistance dog charities and introduction of animals in therapy to Southampton undergraduate OT programme • Back Care and Health Ergonomics in Work and Leisure – Ergonomic and Back Care Adviser for University of Southampton Faculty of Health Sciences. Various consultancy roles within charities, health care and industry. Manager of National Back Care Adviser Programme at University of Southampton. First Author of Chapter - Moving and Handling Strategies in: M Curtin, M Molineux and J Supyk-Mellson (Eds) (2010) Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction: Enabling Occupation (6th Edition). London; Churchill Livingstone. • Design for Occupational Engagement – module lead for Design for Occupation modules within Southampton University undergraduate OT programme, managing student projects in collaboration with health and social care organisations, industry and charities in the UK and internationally • OT representative for Southampton and West Hants REMAP panel for 10 years and Chair for the same panel since 2019. I Introduced REMAP to the University of Southampton undergraduate OT programme to enhance awareness and enable students to engage with engineers during Design for Occupation modules. • Role emerging practice and student practice placements within diverse settings. I introduced and developed role emerging/diverse practice placements within the Southampton University OT programme from 1998.
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