Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Sue Gaitskell: 29.10.1965 to 20.04.2007

Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Sue Gaitskell: 29.10.1965 to 20.04.2007

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Sue Gaitskell was born in the South Yorkshire mining village of Moorends, but grew up in Wellingborough and lived in places such as north London, Maidstone and Retford.

Sue did not discover occupational therapy straight from school. She studied at Lancaster University, gaining a degree in Politics and French. She initially worked in sales and recruitment and back-packed around the United States before coming to study occupational therapy at the then University College of Ripon and York St John, qualifying in 1993.

On gaining her qualification, she worked at the Bracton Clinic in Kent before coming to work at the Bethlem and Maudsley, now South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, in 1995.

Sue started work on the acute mental health wards before moving into the community, where she really came into her own as an occupational therapist working in community mental health teams. Even then, Sue was a passionate occupational therapist, making her mark as a fine clinician, supervisor and student educator.

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During this time, Sue completed her Master's in Mental Health Studies at King's College London, gaining a distinction. She fostered and developed her interest in teaching and professional development activities. …

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