AHPSS Resource Centre

AHPSS Resource Centre


Welcome to the Allied Health Professions Support Service

Closure of the Allied Health Professions Support Service

It is with regret that we have to inform you that our Allied Health Professions Support Service (AHPSS) including the Resource Centre at the University of East London will close on 31st March, 2013 due to lack of funding. However, this website will remain live until 31st March, 2014.

If required you can contact Jane Owen Hutchinson (Manager, AHPSS) for additional clarification regarding this situation on 07748657457.

Read the full letter in pdf / Word.

Allied Health Professions (AHPs) we support:

Dietetics - Occupational Therapy - Podiatry - Physiotherapy - Speech and Language Therapy

Our Allied Health Professions Support Service (AHPSS) is here to enable disabled people to study and work effectively in university and clinical settings.

About You!

Are you:

  • A disabled person already studying to become an Allied Health Professional (AHP)?
  • A disabled person interested in becoming an AHP?
  • An academic member of staff supporting disabled students?
  • A clinical educator supporting disabled students?
  • A relative or a Support Teacher of a young person who is thinking of studying to become an AHP?
  • A Careers adviser or disability adviser/officer involved in supporting disabled students?
  • A qualified disabled AHP experiencing difficulty at work?
  • An employer who has disabled staff?
  • A professional/voluntary organisation requiring consultancy/training services on disability-related issues?

If so, our Allied Health Professions Support Service can help you.

Many disabled people are currently employed in the Allied Health Professions: as Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Speech and Language Therapists.

They work in a variety of settings:

  • clinical specialties within the NHS
  • private practice
  • research
  • education

Disabled people do face barriers to education and employment and this also holds true for people in the allied health professions. Since 1991 we have built up a great deal of experience and expertise in working with disabled people in these settings and supporting them in overcoming these barriers.


Our Staff

Jane Owen Hutchinson

Jane Owen Hutchinson

Manager of the Allied Health
Professions Support Service (AHPSS)

Jane is also a Physiotherapy lecturer and qualified counsellor who has a visual impairment. She has worked in the field of supporting disabled students in higher education (both academic and clinical settings) for over 25 years. Jane has a UK wide role and works with potential applicants to AHP programmes, academic and clinical staff, students and qualified practitioners.

Karen Atkinson

Karen Atkinson

Manager of the Allied Health Professions
Support Service Resource Centre

Based at the University of East London, Karen is also a senior physiotherapy lecturer who has a regular teaching input to the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and Podiatric Medicine programmes. She has worked in the field of supporting disabled students in higher education (both academic and clinical settings) for over 20 years. She has a local and UK wide remit working with potential applicants to AHP programmes, academic and clinical staff, students and qualified practitioners.

Clive Wilson-Fraser

Clive Wilson-Fraser

Resource Centre Technician

Clive has worked with us since 2004 and maintains all equipment in the centre, keeping up to date with new developments in assistive technology and software.