Honorary Professor

OTAT

Professor Jane Melton MBE is an Honorary Professor in the OTAT Division of Queen Margaret University. 

She is also the Strategic Research Lead (Health and Social Care) and visiting Professor of the University of Gloucestershire and a National Expert Clinical Adviser for Health Education England.

Professor Jane Melton MBE is a Fellow of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists as well as a Trustee and Director for Elizabeth Casson Trust.

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Professor Jane Melton MBE is an accomplished clinician, researcher, educator and strategic leader.  

She graduated from the Welsh School of Occupational Therapy and has worked for the NHS in England for more than 30 years. During this time, she gained significant leadership experience primarily working in services for people experiencing mental illness and people with learning disabilities. Prof Melton has also led for Allied Health Professionals at a Regional level for NHS England / Improvement.  

Most of her career has been spent in healthcare and most recently as an Executive Director at 2gether NHS Foundation Trust. Prof Melton is currently employed as Strategic Research Lead at the University of Gloucestershire’s School of Health and Social Care and is leading nationally in her areas of clinical expertise for Health Education England. In 2019, Professor Melton was also appointed Director and Trustee of Elizabeth Casson Trust. 

Knowledge generation has been an important part of her career and through part-time study Jane was awarded an MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy by Exeter University. She went on to gain the award of PhD from City University London and is also a graduate of the Nye Bevan Executive Leader program of the NHS Leadership Academy.  

Prof Melton is a recipient of the first Merit Award, from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and was subsequently awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists for her exceptional contribution to the profession. Her ability to successfully collaborate across stakeholder groups is highly regarded and she is committed to leadership which is underpinned by strong personal values to deliver best and evidence-based care for and with patients and their families.  

Jane is passionate about effecting and evaluating transformational change to achieve quality, sustainability and engagement outcomes in partnership with academic, practice and service user colleagues. As a visiting lecturer and keynote speaker Prof Melton has addressed colleagues at numerous events and in countries worldwide. She was selected as an Impact Assessor on the 2014/ 15 Research Excellence Framework. Her publications and presentations, in association with academics at QMU and elsewhere, have gained global reach and continue to influence practice development in a number of countries.  

Prof Melton was appointed as an Honorary Professor at Queen Margaret University in 2013 and continues to offer research and teaching contributions to the university.