Ms Caroline Hills

DipCOT,BSc,MSc,PCTE

Contact Details

Practice Education Coordinator
Occupational Therapy
School of Health Sciences
NUI Galway

E: CAROLINE.HILLS@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Carol has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years and has worked in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Carol is particularly interested in practice education, evidencing competence and technology in practice. Her PhD thesis is entitled 'Are contemporary practice environments conducive to the learning needs and preferences of "Generation Y" Occupational Therapy students?' 

Research Interests

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Characteristics of an Ideal Practice Educator: Perspectives from undergraduate students in Diagnostic Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Radiation Therapy Radiography'
Perram, A. Hills C., MacDonald-Wicks L., Johnston C., James D., Surjan Y. & Warren-Forward H. (2016) 'Characteristics of an Ideal Practice Educator: Perspectives from undergraduate students in Diagnostic Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Radiation Therapy Radiography'. Radiography, [Details]
(2016) 'Characteristics of an Ideal Practice Educator: Perspectives from practice educators in Diagnostic Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy and Radiation Therapy'
Francis A., Hills C., MacDonald-Wicks L., Johnston C., James D., Surjan Y. & Warren-Forward H. (2016) 'Characteristics of an Ideal Practice Educator: Perspectives from practice educators in Diagnostic Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy and Radiation Therapy'. Radiography, [Details]
(2016) '‘Generation Y’ health professional students’ preferred teaching and learning approaches: A systematic review’'
Hills, C., Ryan, S., Levett-Jones, T., Warren-Forward, H., & Lapkin, S (2016) '‘Generation Y’ health professional students’ preferred teaching and learning approaches: A systematic review’'. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, [Details]
(2016) '‘Generation Y occupational therapy students' views and preferences about the provision of feedback during practice education’'
Hills, C., Levett-Jones, T., Warren-Forward, H., & Lapkin, S (2016) '‘Generation Y occupational therapy students' views and preferences about the provision of feedback during practice education’'. Focus on Health Professional Education, [Details]
(2016) 'Occupational Therapy students’ technological skills: Are ‘Generation Y’ ready for 21st century practice?'
Hills, C., Ryan, S., Levett-Jones, T., Warren-Forward, H., & Lapkin, S. (2016) 'Occupational Therapy students’ technological skills: Are ‘Generation Y’ ready for 21st century practice?'. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, [Details]
(2016) 'Teaching and learning preferences of ‘Generation Y’ Occupational therapy students in practice education'
Hills, C., Levett-Jones, T., Warren-Forward, H., and Lapkin, S (2016) 'Teaching and learning preferences of ‘Generation Y’ Occupational therapy students in practice education'. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, [Details]
(2014) 'The lifestyles of ‘Generation Y’ undergraduate occupational therapy students: Educational considerations'
Hills, C., Ryan, S., Smith, D.R., Warren-Forward, H. (2014) 'The lifestyles of ‘Generation Y’ undergraduate occupational therapy students: Educational considerations'. The Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy, 42 (1):36-43 [Details]
(2015) 'The Future in Their Hands: The Perceptions of Practice Educators on the Strengths and Challenges of “Generation Y” Occupational Therapy Students'
Hills, C., Boshoff, K., Gilbert-Hunt, S., & Ryan, S. (2015) 'The Future in Their Hands: The Perceptions of Practice Educators on the Strengths and Challenges of “Generation Y” Occupational Therapy Students'. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, [Details]
(2013) 'Managing ‘Generation Y’ occupational therapists: Optimising their potential'
C., Ryan, S., Smith, D.R. & Warren-Forward, H (2013) 'Managing ‘Generation Y’ occupational therapists: Optimising their potential'. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 60 (4):267-275 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'The impact of “Generation Y” occupational therapy students on practice education in Austrlalia'
Hills, C., Ryan, S., Smith, D.R. & Warren-Forward (2012) 'The impact of “Generation Y” occupational therapy students on practice education in Austrlalia'. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59 (2):156-163 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Tobacco use among occupatiional theray students'
Smith, D. R., Hills, C., & Ryan, S (2012) 'Tobacco use among occupatiional theray students'. British Journal Of Occupational Therapy, 75 (8):349-349 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2012) 'Context and how it influences our professional thinking'
Ryan, S, & Hills, C. (2012) 'Context and how it influences our professional thinking' In: Clinical reasoning in occupational therapy: Controversies in practice. Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2014) The 2014 Annual Conference of the Occupational Therapist of Ireland (AOTI) 9 &10, Wexford May 2014
Hills, C., Boshoff, K., Gilbert Hunt, S., Ryan S., & Smith DR (2014) Does the hat fit? Practice educators’ views on the “Generation Y” occupational therapy student The 2014 Annual Conference of the Occupational Therapist of Ireland (AOTI) 9 &10, Wexford May 2014 [Details]
(2014) The 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, June 18- 21, Yokohama 2014, Japan
Hills, C., Lannin, N., Cusick, A., Kinnear, B., &Bowring, G. (2014) The effects of upper limb motor training using the Saebo dynamic orthosis on manual dexterity after stroke: A phase II randomised trial The 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, June 18- 21, Yokohama 2014, Japan [Details]
(2014) The 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists 18-21 June Yokohaman,2014, Japan
Hills, C., Ryan, S., Nguyen, K., Hills, C., & Studdert, C., & Sipjkes, P (2014) The development of an innovative web site, with e-portfolio, for occupational therapy students to support and evidence both developing and graduating competency The 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists 18-21 June Yokohaman,2014, Japan [Details]
(2014) The 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists
Ryan, S.,Studdert, C., Hills, C, Nguyen, K. & Sipjkes (2014) Transforming 20th century competeny knowledge into an integrated educational competency experience The 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Yokohama, Japan, [Details]
(2014) Practice-Based Education Summit 9-10 April 2014 - CSU Sydney
Zakrzewski, L., Ryan, S., Hills, C., Nguyen, K., Studdert, C & Sijpkes, P. (2014) Technology and Higher Education: Blending the learning processes Practice-Based Education Summit 9-10 April 2014 - CSU Sydney [Details]
(2013) Occupational Therapy Australia 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia. 24th - 26th July 2013
Hills, C., Ryan,S., Studdert, C., Nguyen, K. & Sipjkes, P. (2013) The Development of a Competency Assessment Matrix Matched to the 2010 Graduating Competency Standards Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy Australia 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia. 24th - 26th July 2013 [Details]
(2013) Occupational Therapy Australia 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia. 24th - 26th July 2013
Hills, C., Ryan,S., Studdert, C., Nguyen, K. & Sipjkes, P (2013) The Development of a Competency, Assessment Matrix Matched to the 2010 Graduating Competency Standards Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy Australia 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia. 24th - 26th July 2013 [Details]
(2013) Occupational Therapy Australia 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia. 24th - 26th July 2013
Hills, C., Ryan, S., Smith, D.R. & Warren-Forward, H (2013) Students' perceptions of their skills in using Web 02 technologies Occupational Therapy Australia 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia. 24th - 26th July 2013 [Details]
(2013) Occupational Therapy Australia 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia. 24th - 26th July 2013
Studdert, C., Ryan, S., Hills, C., & Nguyen, K., & Sijpkes, P. (2013) Creating an Occupational Therapy student-centred website with an e-Portfolio functionality to support the development of, and track and evidence graduate competence and ongoing professional development Occupational Therapy Australia 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia. 24th - 26th July 2013 [Details]
(2013) AOTI Annual Conference, Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. 19th-10th April 2013
Hills, C., Ryan, S., Nguyen, K., Hills, C., & Studdert, C., & Sipjkes. (2013) The development of an innovative web site for occupational therapy students to support and evidence both developing and graduating competency AOTI Annual Conference, Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. 19th-10th April 2013 [Details]
(2013) Occupational Therapy Australia 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia. 24th - 26th July 2013
Hills, C., Ryan, & Nguyen, K. (2013). (2013) Articulating practice reasoning in practice education: A Occupational Therapy Australia 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia. 24th - 26th July 2013 [Details]
(2013) 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia
Lannin, N.A., Hills, C., Cusick, A., Kinnear, B., & Bowring, G (2013) Increasing practice after stroke to optimise upper limb rehabilitation: A phase II randomised trial 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia [Details]
(2013) The 9th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, Vancouver, Canada. 13th-14th January 2013
Sipjkes, P., Ryan, S., Nguyen, K., Hills, C., & Studdert (2013) The development of a Web 2.0 reflective tool to engage occupational therapy students to evidence their developing competence The 9th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, Vancouver, Canada. 13th-14th January 2013 [Details]
(2012) 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden, 24th-27thMay, 2012
Hills, C. Ryan, S., Nguyen, K. & Studdert, C. (2012) Evidencing graduating competency: student and practice educator views on resources required while on placement 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden, 24th-27thMay, 2012 [Details]
(2012) 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden, 24th-27thMay, 2012
Ryan, S., Studdert, C., Nguyen, K & Hills, C. (2012) Understanding professional reasoning in the continuum of practice 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden, 24th-27thMay, 2012 [Details]
(2012) 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden, 24th-27thMay,2012
Ryan, S., Hills, C., Nguyen, K., & Studdert, C (2012) Researching learners’ needs for modifying a curriculum 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden, 24th-27thMay,2012 [Details]
(2012) 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden, 24th-27th May, 2012
Studdert, C., Ryan, S., Hills, C., & Nguyen, K (2012) Investigating and developing an occupational therapy student focused website to progress and evidence competency 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden, 24th-27th May, 2012 [Details]
(2012) College of Occupational Therapists 36th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland, 12-14 June, 2012
Francis, A., Hills, C., Buxton, A., Macdonald-Wicks,L., & Johnston (2012) Characteristics of an ideal practice educator: perspectives from five health professions College of Occupational Therapists 36th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland, 12-14 June, 2012 [Details]
(2012) 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden, 24th-27thMay, 2012
Ryan, S., Hills, C., Nguyen, K., & Studdert, C (2012) Investigating and developing an occupational therapy student focused website to progress and evidence competency 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden, 24th-27thMay, 2012 [Details]
(2012) Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference 2012.Rotorua, New Zealand. 26 - 29 June
Nguyen, K., Studdert, C. Ryan, S., & Hills, C (2012) ). Converting graduating competencies into a holistic practice framework for occupational therapy students Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference 2012.Rotorua, New Zealand. 26 - 29 June [Details]
(2012) Occupational Therapy Australia Queensland State Conference, Cairns, Queensland14th -15th September 2012
Hills, C., Ryan, S., Nguyen, K., & Studdert, C. (2012) Development of a web based framework to evidence graduating competency for Australian Occupational Therapy students Occupational Therapy Australia Queensland State Conference, Cairns, Queensland14th -15th September 2012 [Details]
(2012) Occupational Therapy Australia, NSW Forum. Sydney, Australia. 1st- 2nd November 2012
Hills, C., Ryan, S., Smith, D.R. & Warren-Forward, H. (2012) Occupational Therapy Managers views of ‘Generation Y’ OT staff Occupational Therapy Australia, NSW Forum. Sydney, Australia. 1st- 2nd November 2012 [Details]
(2012) Occupational Therapy Australia, NSW Forum, Sydney, Australia. 1st- 2nd November 2012
Hills, C., Ryan, S., Nguyen, K., Studdert, C., & Sipjkes, P (2012) Evidencing graduating competence using the OT practice process model: Integrating competence and practice reasoning Occupational Therapy Australia, NSW Forum, Sydney, Australia. 1st- 2nd November 2012 [Details]
(2012) Occupational Therapy Australia, NSW Forum, Sydney, Australia. 1st- 2nd November 2012
Ryan, S., Hills, C., Nguyen, K., Studdert, C. & Sipjkes, P (2012) Changing the way students evidence their competence Occupational Therapy Australia, NSW Forum, Sydney, Australia. 1st- 2nd November 2012 [Details]
(2012) 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference and National Academy’s’ 6th Annual Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. 28th - 29th June 2012
Hills, C., Ryan, S., Studdert, C., & Nguyen, K (2012) Evidencing Graduating Competency in Occupational Therapy: Resources and Thresholds to Evidence Competence 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference and National Academy’s’ 6th Annual Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. 28th - 29th June 2012 [Details]
(2012) 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference and National Academy’s 6th Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. 28th - 29th June 2012
Studdert, C., Ryan, S., Hills, C., & Nguyen, K. (2012) Creating an occupational therapy student-centred website and e-portfolio using a threshold level Framework to Evidence Competence and Professional Development 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference and National Academy’s 6th Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. 28th - 29th June 2012 [Details]
(2012) College of Occupational Therapists 36th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland, 12-14 June, 2012
Ryan, S., Hills, C., Studdert, C. & Nguyen, K (2012) The challenge of combining competencies and holistic practice in a web-portal College of Occupational Therapists 36th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland, 12-14 June, 2012 [Details]
(2012) College of Occupational Therapists 36th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland, 12-14 June, 2012
Studdert, C. Ryan, S., Hills, C. & Nguyen, K (2012) Investigating and developing an occupational therapy student fccused website to support and evidence competency development College of Occupational Therapists 36th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland, 12-14 June, 2012 [Details]
(2011) Practice Educators' views of generation Y students from Australia
Hills, C., & Ryan S. (2011) College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2011, Brighton, 28th June -1st July, 2011 Practice Educators' views of generation Y students from Australia [Details]
(2011) Occupational Therapy Australia 24th National Conference, Brisbane, June 2011
Hills, C., Ryan S., Warren-Forward, H, & Smith, D.R (2011) Generation “Y” Students On Practice: Practice Educators’ Views Occupational Therapy Australia 24th National Conference, Brisbane, June 2011 [Details]
(2011) Occupational Therapy Australia 24th National Conference, Brisbane, Australia, June 2011
Ryan, S., Hills, C., & Buxton, T. (2011) Generation ‘Y’s In Peer -Assisted Learning: Developing Creative Thinking Occupational Therapy Australia 24th National Conference, Brisbane, Australia, June 2011 [Details]
(2011) College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2011, Brighton, 28th June- 1st July, 2011
Ryan S., & Hills, C (2011) Re-designing learning sessions and assignments for Generation Y students College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2011, Brighton, 28th June- 1st July, 2011 [Details]
(2010) 15th World Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapist, Santiago, Chilli, 4th -7th May 2010
Ryan, S. Hills, C., (2010) The Complex Rubric Cube Dilemma: Generation “Y” as occupational therapy 15th World Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapist, Santiago, Chilli, 4th -7th May 2010 [Details]
(2010) College of Occupational Therapist Annual Conference 2010, Brighton, England, 22-25th JUne, 2010
Ryan, S., & Hills, C. (2010) The “Generation Y” Phenomenon: Professional lessons learnt and global implications College of Occupational Therapist Annual Conference 2010, Brighton, England, 22-25th JUne, 2010 [Details]
(2010) College of Occupational Therapist Annual Conference 2010, Brighton,England, 22-25th June 2010
Ryan S., & Hills, C. (2010) Work-study or Play? The Balance of Life Phenomenon College of Occupational Therapist Annual Conference 2010, Brighton,England, 22-25th June 2010 [Details]
(2009) Irish National AOTI Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland
Hills, C., Buckley, S.,& Cremin, K (2009) How to get published in the Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy Irish National AOTI Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland [Details]
(2009) OT Australia NSW Conference, Sydney, Australia
Ryan, S., Hills, C., McMullen-Roach, S (2009) Creating Professional Identity: Initiating and participating with Generation Y students OT Australia NSW Conference, Sydney, Australia [Details]
(2007) Irish National AOTI Conference Tullamore, Offaly, Ireland
Hills, C.,& Von Mollendorff, G. (2007) Development of complex and simple seating assessment tools Irish National AOTI Conference Tullamore, Offaly, Ireland [Details]
(2007) Irish National AOTI Conference Tullamore, Offaly, Ireland
Hills, C., Carey, M (2007) The development of Standard Operating Procedures Irish National AOTI Conference Tullamore, Offaly, Ireland [Details]
(2000) 24th National OT Conference 2000, Keele University , Keele, UK
Hills, C. (2000) OT waiting List busting in Essex Social Service 24th National OT Conference 2000, Keele University , Keele, UK [Details]
(2000) 24th National OT Conference, Keele University, Keele, UK
Hills, C,& Sach, R. (2000) The Essex Social Services OT Good Practice Guide 24th National OT Conference, Keele University, Keele, UK [Details]
(2000) 24th National OT Conference Keele University, Keele, UK
Hills, C., & Sach, R (2000) Workload weighting and case allocation in Essex Social Services 24th National OT Conference Keele University, Keele, UK [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Preferred teaching and learning approaches of students consdered 'Generation Y' in health professions pre registration education: A comprehensive systematic review protocol'
Hills, C., Boshoff, K., and Jewell, K. (2013) 'Preferred teaching and learning approaches of students consdered 'Generation Y' in health professions pre registration education: A comprehensive systematic review protocol' The JBI Database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 11 (5) . [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2008 HSE achievement award, (Runner up), HSE Ireland
2011 Work integrated learning staff member/team of the Year Award University of Newcastle, Australia

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
World Congress of Occupational Therapy, Yokohama Japan 18-21 June 2104 Absract reviewer /
Australian Occupatiional Therapy Journal Peer reviewer /
Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy Journal article reviewer 02-APR-12 / 19-SEP-13

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Irish Journal of Occupationnal Therapy Organise Peer review and publish articles relevant to the occupational therapy profession 01-APR-14 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
HSE Dublin Mid Leinster Midlands Senior/ OT Manager Laois/Offaly 07-SEP-02 / 14-MAY-10
Highwood Hospital, Brentwood Essex Occupational Therapist 05-OCT-81 / 14-JUL-83
Essex Social Services Community OT, Senior OT Practitioner & Training Officer, Team Leader, Project Manager, Service Manager 16-JUL-83 / 12-APR-01
HSE Dublin Mid Leinster Senior Communty OT 01-APR-01 / 12-APR-02
University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Lecturer 14-JAN-09 / 13-SEP-13

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2009 Unversity of Newcastle, Australia Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Post Graduate certificate in Tertiary Education
2009 University of Newcastle PhD Candidate
2001 University College Dublin Msc Masters in Rehabilitation
1996 Anglia Polytechnic University, Essex UK BSc (Hons) BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Occupational Therapy)
1981 College of Occupational Therapists UK Diploma College of Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy