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Martin Fitzgerald

PositionLecturer
Location3.16
DepartmentSchool of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
Telephone01274 236592
Emailm.fitzgerald@bradford.ac.uk
ORCID0000-0002-8758-2212

Research Interests (key words only)

Occupation, Serious Mental Illness, Psychosis, Engagement, Recovery, Gamification of treatment.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Co-Lead

Year 1: Professional knowledge, skills, values and beliefs (PKVB) in occupational therapy module.

Year 1: Occupational beings in context module.

Year 2: Contemporary Issues in Occupational Therapy Module.

Year 2: Evidencing professional practice, core faculty research module.

Provide specialist mental health teaching and additional teaching to all levels of undergraduate Occupational therapy training.

Administrative Responsibilities

Academic Tutor.

Biography

I qualified in 1997 as an occupational therapist from the Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. I have worked as an occupational therapist in learning disabilities and mental health for the past 18 years.

This is my second career, before that I worked in the music industry as a promotor; managing bands, venues and music events. It was while working as a volunteer in a homeless night shelter in London that I first became interested in mental health and occupational therapy. So I returned to New Zealand and retrained. On graduation I worked in learning disabilities, but after two years I returned to the UK and worked on acute psychiatric wards.

For the last 12 years I have managed an occupational therapy service in a low secure hospital for patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act and who experience serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Since 2015 I have worked as a lecturer at the University of Bradford. 

Whist working as an occupational therapist and as a lecturer I have developed three main areas of academic and research interest:

  1. The development of technology based interventions to engage hard to reach patients in their treatment
  2. The development of evidence to support the role of the occupational therapist in the assessment and treatment of serious mental illness
  3. The development of  family work Interventions in secure services

I work 0.7 hours FTE over three days. I am in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Also spend half a day a week doing research.

Study History

  • 2015: PGC Higher Education Practice, University of Bradford, UK
  • 2005 - 2007: MSc Medical Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
  • 1995 -1997: BSc Occupational Therapy, Auckland Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1987 -1991: BA Anthropology/ Philosophy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Professional History

2009 – 20014. Band 7, RHSD, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust:

  • Occupational Therapy Service Manager
  • Recovery Lead for My Shared Pathway and service user involvement, Rehabilitation and High Support Directorate
  • Clinical Supervisor, COPE course University of Lancaster
  • Clinical Supervisor MSc (PSI) course University of Manchester
  • Guest lecturer, panel member OT Programme Management Team, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford

2002 – 2008. Head III Occupational Therapist. Pennine Care NHS Trust:

  • Occupational Therapy manager for Tameside Acute Inpatients and Low Secure Services

2000- 2002. Senior I Occupational Therapist,  North Manchester General Hospital:

  • Acute Inpatient Psychiatry, Park House

1997-2000. Spectrum Care. Occupational Therapist:

  • An independent charitable trust providing services for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities. Auckland, New Zealand

Professional Activities

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand
  • British Association of Occupational Therapists and Collage of Occupational Therapists
  • Design in Mental Health Network
  • Allied Health Professions Network
  • Serious Games Institute

Research Areas

2015 – Co Lead, Mental health App Proof of Concept development and Evaluation. University of Bradford, Bradford District Care Trust. Sponsor: Health Education Yorkshire and Humber

2014 - The development and evaluation of a serious game intervention to support the recovery of detained service users in long-stay rehabilitation services who experience serious mental illness. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, University of Central Lancashire, University of Bradford.

2011 - Peer reviewer for the Journal of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

2009 - Research Assistant. INSPIRE: Investigating Staff Patient Interactions and Relationships: An evaluation study. School of Psychological Sciences University of Manchester.  Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust R&D panel member.

2008 - Chief Investigator. Social Inclusion Study. The Efficacy of an Occupational Therapy Social Inclusion Programme for Patients with SMI at a Forensic, Low Secure Rehabilitation Service. Research and Development Department, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Researcher Assistant. Snapshot assessment of security need, quality of life, substance misuse and risk of violence and aggression in the North West, low secure mental health, population. Sponsor: North West Secure Commission.

2006 - Chief Investigator. Recovery Styles and Insight Study. Comparison of Recovery Style and Insight of Patients with Severe Mental Illness in Secure Services with those in Community Services. ScHARR, University of Sheffield.

Current Projects

I am currently involved in two research projects:

  1. The development of a porotype digital technology intervention (mobile application) for people engaged in an early intervention in psychosis service
  2. The development of a serious game intervention to engage detained patients who experience serious mental illness in their recovery process

Research Collaborations

2015 – Co Lead, Mental health App Proof of Concept development and Evaluation. University of Bradford, Bradford District Care Trust. Sponsor: Health Education Yorkshire and Humber

2009 - Research Assistant. INSPIRE: Investigating Staff Patient Interactions and Relationships: An evaluation study. School of Psychological Sciences University of Manchester.  Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust R&D panel member.

2008 - Researcher Assistant. Snapshot assessment of security need, quality of life, substance misuse and risk of violence and aggression in the North West, low secure mental health, population. Sponsor: North West Secure Commission.

Publications

Fitzgerald M (2014). The Challenge of Maintaining Professional Identity and Role in the Face of Employer and State, Management and Commissioning Demands. The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Vol.77, No.8, pp 383

Fitzgerald M. & Kirk G. (2013). The design, development and trial of a serious game intervention for low secure service users who experience serious mental illness. Mental Health Practice. Nov, Vol 17, No 3, pp 14-19

Berry. K., BarrowcloughC., Fitzgerald M., Hartley. S., Innes. C. and Haddock G. (2012). A description and evaluation of a challenging behaviour workshop. Journal of Mental Health. 21(5): 478-484

Fitzgerald, M. M., Kirk, G. D. & Blythe C. (2012). Family Work in Occupational Therapy: A case study from a rehabilitation and high support service. The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. vol.75, No3, 152 – 155

Fitzgerald, M. M. (2011). An evaluation of the impact of a social inclusion programme on occupational functioning for forensic service users. The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. October, 74(10), pp 465-472

Fitzgerald, M. M., Kirk, G. D. & Bristow, C. A. (2011). Description and evaluation of a serious game intervention to engage low secure service users with serious mental illness in the design and refurbishment of their environment. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. vol./is. 18/4, p 316-322

Fitzgerald M. M. (2009). Comparison of Recovery Style and Insight of Patients with Severe Mental Illness in Secure Services with those in Community Services. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. vol. /is. 17/3, p 229-235

Conference Presentations:

2015. Invited. British Science Festival. Games for Health. British Science Association, September, University of Bradford. September.

2014. Invited. University of Salford, Pennine Care Occupational Therapy Conference. November

2013. The design, development and use of a serious game activity in a low secure service. COT Annual Conference, 18 – 20 June, Glasgow.

2009. Family Work in Occupational Therapy: Case studies from a rehabilitation and high support service. College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section: Mental Health Conference, Birmingham.

Impact

Contribute to the College of Occupational Therapy (COT) practice guidelines titled ‘Occupational therapists' use of occupation-focused practice in secure settings in secure’. This is an evidenced based resource to support occupational therapists working wioth adults in secure, psychiatric settings.

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