Dr James Gavin is a lecturer in Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Southampton, who has translated from exercise to health sciences. He has interdisciplinary experience across i) research (specialising in active living and occupations for long-term health), ii) education (Occupational Therapy lead for BSc year 1 Anatomy and Physiology, and years 2 and 3 Research Methods), and ii) enterprise (including partnership with Hampshire County Council and manufacturer, Cyberdyne). He is particularly interested in digital and physical activity interventions to support the self-management of long-term conditions.
Dr Gavin’s research is interdisciplinary in nature, and informs his teaching and enterprise roles, including acting as the Higher Education Institution co-lead (Southampton) for the UK Versus Arthritis Nursing and Allied Health Professional (AHP) internship programme, and as deputy lead for the Active Living for Health research group in the School of Health Sciences. These responsibilities involve him working across AHP and nursing educational programmes, particularly in teaching research and evidence-based practice to trainee healthcare professionals.
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Physical activity
The OT RA self-management review project – to broaden our understanding of what is known about the role of occupational therapy in the self-management of rheumatoid arthritis.
The COBOTS study; a partnership with Hampshire County Council and manufacturer, Cyberdyne, on the implementation of ‘collaborative’ robots in health and social care.
Maintenance Of physical aTivity beHaviour (MOTH) digital programme; an investigation into existing digital tools to support people with long-term conditions in staying physically active and understanding the factors that support or inhibit their use in the NHS.
- Lead (occupational therapy) for BSc year 1 Foundations of Health Sciences
- Lead (occupational therapy) for BSc year 2 Research Methods for AHP and year 3 Research Project for AHP
- Supervisor - MSc years 1 and 2 Critical Inquiry module (pre-registration occupational therapy and physiotherapy)
External roles and responsibilities
- RCOT Innovation award (2020)