Debra Corrigan

Lecturer Practitioner

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care

Debbie is a HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with 23.5 years’ experience working in an acute hospital & in community rehabilitation. Debbie joined ARU as a Lecturer Practitioner in August 2022, as part of the MSc (pre-reg) Occupational Therapy course.

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Debra has a specialist interest in Occupational Therapy in Hyper Acute/Acute Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery.

In her new role as Clinical Specialist in Stroke provides teaching and mentorship to undergraduate, postgraduate and apprentice occupational therapy students alongside junior/senior occupational therapists. She has a broad range of clinical interests and is dedicated in the promotion of occupational therapy, holistic patient centred rehabilitation interventions, research and evidenced based practice.

Research interests

Stroke care and Rehabilitation:

  • Occupational therapy in Acute stroke evidenced based interventions and outcomes
  • Cognitive and visual perceptual deficits following stroke
  • Upper limb rehabilitation including spasticity management of the upper limb


  • MSc (Pre-Reg) Occupational Therapy
  • Practice Educator in NHS – Acute Stroke Service


  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy 2:1 - University of Northampton
  • MSc Module Level 7 Management of Acute Stroke and Rehabilitation (ARU)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • HCPC registered Occupational Therapist – OT30316
  • Registered member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Member of RCOT Specialist Section for Neurological conditions
  • Member of World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • Member of World Stroke Organisation - 3287140