Bernadette Waters

Dr Bernadette Waters

  • 01202 962158
  • bwaters at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Principal Academic in Occupational Therapy
  • Bournemouth Gateway Building BG504, St Pauls Lane, Bournemouth, BH8 8GP
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Dr Bernadette Waters is a Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University. She is currently the Professional and Programme Lead for the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme. Dr Waters has always been enthusiastic to ensure that the student experience is excellent and that occupational therapy students are thoroughly prepared for the world of practice.Her teaching is primarily with the OT students but she also actively contributes to interprofessional education. Dr Waters has worked with the professional and statutory bodies over many years and has contributed to the development and evolution of QAA Subject Benchmarks, HCPC Standards and COT accreditation documents. She has worked as an External Examiner for 7 universities and Visitor to many others in the capacity as reviewer or advisor.


Current research interests include auto/biographies of individuals with primary lymphoedema; therapy and self-management of lymphoedema; fitness to practice - specifically academic integrity and quality assurance in healthcare education.

Dr Waters has been involved in PhD supervision for students at the University of Southampton and at Bournemouth University. She has acted as research reviewer for NIHR, Cork University and Tenovus UK.


  • EdD in Primary Lymphoedema (University of Southampton, 2009)
  • Certificate in Complex Lymphoedema Therapy in Lymphoedema (Lymphoedema Association of Australia / University of Adelaide, 2000)
  • MA in Higher Education Management and Policy (University of London, 1988)
  • Certificate of Higher and Further Education in Education (Garnett College of HE (Now Westminster University), 1985)
  • Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy in Occupational Therapy (College of Occupational Therapists, 1979)


  • British Association & College of Occupational Therapists, Member (1979-),
  • Health & Care Professions Council, Member (1979-),