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Sophie Graves

Senior Lecturer Practitioner (Placement Expansion Project)
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care
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Sophie is a HCPC registered occupational therapist with eight years’ experience working in a community paediatric team and with adults in an acute hospital. Sophie joined ARU as a Lecturer Practitioner in September 2021, developing the MSc (pre-reg) Occupational Therapy course. She has a specialist interest in occupational therapy in critical care.

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Sophie completed her BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Essex in 2015. She commenced her occupational therapy career in a community paediatric team then went on to complete her core adult rotations at Peterborough City Hospital. These included the specialities of surgery, amputees, orthopaedics, cardiology, respiratory and stroke.

In 2017, Sophie specialised in the area of cardiology and respiratory, joining the critical care team as a static senior occupational therapist. In 2020, Sophie was seconded to the Royal Papworth Hospital, where she focused on setting up an occupational therapy service on intensive care. She was then successful in securing her current post, as the clinical specialist, covering cardiology, respiratory and intensive care at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust. A key part of her role is setting up an innovative occupational therapy service on intensive care, with a focus on functional rehabilitation, delirium management, cognitive and upper limb assessments and interventions.

Sophie in her role provides teaching and mentorship to undergraduate, postgraduate and apprentice occupational therapy students alongside junior occupational therapists. She has a vast array of clinical interests and is passionate about the promotion of occupational therapy, holistic patient centred care and research.

Research interests
  • Occupational therapy in critical care
  • Delirium management
  • Fatigue management
  • Upper limb rehabilitation

Areas of expertise

  • Adult physical rehabilitation
  • MSc (Pre-reg) Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy - University of Essex
Memberships, editorial boards
  • HCPC registered Occupational Therapist - OT72100
  • Registered member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Member of RCOT Specialist Section for Trauma and Musculoskeletal Health
Selected recent publications
Graves, S., Wigmore, C., 2021. Collaborative Working in Critical Care. Occupational Therapy News. 29(1), pp.32-33. Available at: viewer.joomag.com/otnews-january-2020/0171934001610454172?short& [Online]