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Ms Margaret Bracher DipCOT, MSc Erg

Lecturer and Back Care Adviser

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Ms Maggie Bracher is an Occupational Therapist lecturing within the Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. Maggie specialises in ergonomics, back care and moving and handling, teaching across all pre-registration programmes within the school. As a back care adviser, member of the National Back Exchange and moving and handling lead for the school, she also advises and updates colleagues on moving and handling relevant to professional practice in the field.


I believe passionately that Occupational Therapists have a wider role to play than those linked to Health or Social Care services


To this end, I specialise in promoting, developing and supporting national and international non-traditional and role-emerging practice placements for our occupational therapy students. I also mentor therapists working in role emerging environments.

My research and development interests focus around ergonomic design of equipment and systems for optimum accessibility and usability by individuals and groups of people. As an extension of this interest, I am the Occupational Therapy representative on the Southampton panel of REMAP.

Additional interests include the use of animals and natural environments in therapy and these aspects are built into the Occupational Therapy pre-registration programme. In 2015, I collaborated in setting up a national occupational therapy special interest group in Equine Based Therapies.


Research group

Development of best practice in back care and moving and handling (pre and post graduate)

Development of biomechanical and ergonomic approaches within Occupational Therapy undergraduate programme

Promotion of occupational therapy practice within non traditional and role emerging clinical areas nationally and internationally

Clinical assessment of clients for access to transport and fitness to drive.

Ms Margaret Bracher
University of Southampton
Health Sciences Building 67
University Road
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/3033
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