Robert Gordon University

01/13/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2017 03:58

Former RGIT occupational therapists honoured by Buckingham Palace

Friday, 13 January, 2017

Two senior occupational therapists with strong links to Robert Gordon University (RGU) have been named in the New Year Honours list.

Christine Craik and Dr Jenny Preston both have links to Occupational Therapy at RGU and were a part of the Grampian School of Occupational Therapy, which became affiliated with the former Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology (RGIT).

RGIT would gain university status in 1992 and become Robert Gordon University.

Christine Craik, originally from Glasgow, was appointed OBE for her services to occupational therapy, particularly in relation to mental health and education, having spent much of her clinical career working in and developing mental health services in the Glasgow area.

She then moved into academia, where her first appointment was at the Grampian School of Occupational Therapy, where she would teach from 1984-1988. She would also obtain a Diploma in Management Studies in 1985 and an MPhil in 1990, both from RGIT.

From 1995 to her retirement as Director of Occupational Therapy at Brunel University London, Christine led an expert team of educators and researchers to promote excellence in occupational therapy education, practice and research.

Christine was an external examiner for RGU's BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy from 2008-2012 and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, continuing her long-term involvement with the College of Occupational Therapists.

Dr Jenny Preston was appointed MBE for her services to occupational therapy and neurological rehabilitation.

Jenny, a former pupil at Mackie Academy, graduated from the Grampian School of Occupational Therapy in 1984. She initially worked for NHS Grampian at the City Hospital and then at Woodend Hospital until 1990.

She then moved to NHS Ayrshire and Arran, where she would be appointed as a Consultant Occupational Therapist and continue her career in neurological rehabilitation at the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Centre, Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine.

Jenny has held a range of positions within the Neurological Rehabilitation Service and is currently Clinical Lead. She is also the Chair of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Neurological Practice.

In addition to delivering clinical care, Jenny has published in peer review journals and is the author and editor of the book 'Occupational Therapy and Neurological Conditions', published in 2016.

She also continues to support RGU through various professional activities, including acting as an external panel member for the School of Health Sciences' Internally-Led School Review and the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Re-approval in 2015.

Dawn Mitchell, Subject Lead in Occupational Therapy at RGU's School of Health Sciences, said: 'We are extremely proud of Christine and Jenny's Robert Gordon University connections and I am delighted to congratulate both of them on their inclusion in the New Year Honours list and on receiving such well-deserved recognition for their services to occupational therapy.'

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