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 Ruth Squire

Ruth Squire

Senior Lecturer: Occupational Therapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87761
3.37, 3rd Floor, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


Other Roles

Programme Manager: BSc Occupational Therapy (Full & Part time)

Research Interests

  • Exploring occupational lives of individuals with RA
  • Exploring work and RA (developing proposal for PhD)
  • Improving OT practice in rheumatology



15 years of clinical practice in a variety of settings, with 7 years working in rheumatology including clinical specialist position in rheumatology and hand surgery.


Currently Programme manager for Occupational therapy and Coordinator for the Full time BSc Hons students.

April 2013 - Deputy Education officer for the British health professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR)
April 2014 - Education officer for BHPR which includes chairing a subcomittee to develop a package of online learning and physical courses for AHPs in rheumatology
August 2013 -2015- Project leader for the development of   NICE and COT accredited guidelines on orthotic interventions in rheumatology occupational therapy.

Professional Interests

  • From 2006 - 2012 member of the National executive committee ( NEC) for the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Rheumatology (COTSSR) fulfilling the roles of Welsh representative and latterly editor of the Journal of Rheumatology Occupational therapy.
  • Since Nov 2012, co-opted by the NEC as project leader of the guidelines development group planning to produce College of Occupational Therapists accredited evidence based practice guidelines.
  • Member of British Health Professionals in Rheumatology ( BHPR) and COTSSR



  • Squire, R., Ramsey, L. and Dunford, C. 2017. Leisure. In: Curtin, M., Egan, M. and Adams, J. eds. Occupational Therapy for people experiencing illness. injury or impairment. Promoting occupation and participation. London: Elsevier, pp. 471-484.







  • Stead, P., Clarke, M. L. and Squire, R. E. 2006. Placement shadowing experience. Presented at: College of occupational therapy conference, Cardiff, June 2006.


2010 MSc Dissertation: Living with RA: uncovering complexity and unique perspectives of daily occupations

2007 - 2009 Systematic review of pain management in rheumatology occupational therapy - COTSS rheumatology

2006-2008   Funded project (AHP Wales)  £8000 -   The research needs of occupational therapists working in Wales -   Delphi survey