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 Ruth Squire

Ruth Squire

Senior Lecturer: Occupational Therapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87761
3.37, Ty Dewi Sant, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


I am a senior lecturer in the School of Healthcare Sciences with 16 years of experience working in higher education. Prior to this, I gained 15 years of clinical practice experience working as an Occupational therapist. My main lecturing responsibility is on the BSc Hons Occupational therapy programme ( 3 years full time ) and the PGDip Occupational therapy programme ( 2 years full time). I supervise masters level students in the School of Healthcare sciences. I hold a school-wide role as simulated learning champion for occupational therapy students and am currently the Occupational therapy student wellbeing coordinator.

Main areas of expertise:

  • Problem-based learning design and delivery of teaching/learning
  • Designing and delivering simulated learning for healthcare students
  • Interprofessional education
  • Special interest in the area of rheumatology


Clinical experience from 1988 - 2004

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

Academic responsibilities:

  • Senior lecturer since 2017
  • Learning and teaching responsibility on both the Full-time BSc Hons occupational therapy programme and PGDip Occupational therapy programme.
  • Student wellbeing coordinator for occupational therapy students
  • Digital learning committee member ( School of Healthcare sciences) for occupational therapy students
  • Personal tutor
  • Supervision of Masters students
External roles:
  • 2018-2020: Project lead and editor for RCOT and NICE accredited Practice guidelines review group: Hand and wrist orthoses for adults with rheumatological conditions.
  • 2015-2019: External examiner Derby University. Masters in Hand therapy
  • 2018-2020: Welsh assemble government steering group member. Development of a national Musculoskeletal framework
  • April 2013:Steering group member Development of UK training package for GPs and professionals about work and arthritis.
  • April 2013 - Deputy Education officer for the British health professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR)
  • April 2014 - 2018 Education officer for BHPR which includes chairing a subcommittee 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

  • 2006 -2013: a 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.
  • current Member of British Society of Rheumatology ( BSR) and RCOT specialist section - Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal





  • 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.


2019 - current. Working well with arthritis: PhD study.

2018-2020 NICE/RCOT accredited review of Practice guidelines: Hand and wrist orthoses for adults with rheumatological conditions: project lead and editor.

2013-2015 College of Occupational therapy Specialist section Rheumatology, Practice guidelines development group leader: Hand and wrist orthoses for adults with rheumatological conditions. NICE accredited.

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


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