Event Details

FREE to everyone
Online event

Event Organiser

Organiser name:

Colette Owen

ACPOHE Webinar: Physical Disability in the Workplace 18/01/24

The fifth of our ACPOHE/DisAbility webinars will be about "Physical Disability in the workplace".  The webinar will cover what a physical disability is, lived experience examples, problems & barriers encountered in the workplace, and solutions. This will include how we can make the OH experience more accessible for a Physical Disability service user.    

We're joined by the following speakers:

Angela Webster
Angela has held senior leadership roles in Musculoskeletal Health and Occupational Health, in the NHS and industry, working closing within and across multidisciplinary teams.  She's been involved in quantitative and qualitative research including workplace health and wellbeing, risk factors for sickness absence, participatory ergonomics and work based condition management approaches to enhance function, productivity and quality of life.

Inclusion and belonging run at the heart of Angela's leadership and wellbeing strategies. During the pandemic Angela lead TfL's 'Out of Sight but not out of Mind' physical and mental wellbeing programme and a Long Covid MDT Rehab and Support programme.

Angela  founded Joint Works in 2023 to help London and Kent businesses provide a joined up approach to work and musculoskeletal health. 

Greet Janssens
Greet graduated in Belgium with a BSC Physiotherapy in 1998 and then worked in private practice for 10 years, sharpening her interest and skills in respiratory physiotherapy with children and adults, alongside neuro development. Following Greet's move to the UK in 2008, she followed her passion in children’s physiotherapy. 

In November 2019, Greet had a stroke in the medulla oblongata, affecting mobility and causing chronic pain in the left side of her body. After returning to children’s physiotherapy, Greet realised how important it is to empathise with patients and families, particularly where neurological events changed their lives at birth or throughout their young lives. 

Greet's hearing impairment, along with the newer disability, means that she can contribute to the quality of newly qualified physiotherapists with a different ability and to those aspiring to become a physiotherapist. Becoming a convenor with the CSP DisAbility network is helping Greet make a difference to the educational, access and application experience, seeking a balance with prospective employers towards reasonable adjustments.


Iona Bateman 
Iona is a second year BSc physiotherapy student at the University of Southampton and vice-chair of the CSP DisAbility Network. Her previous career working around the world as a photographer and journalist was brought to a dramatic end when a  boxing injury led to a misdiagnosis of terminal bone cancer before being correctly identified as a benign tumour. Unfortunately the delay in treatment of the initial traumatic injury led to a permanent hand disability.

This experience sparked a passion for healthcare and advocating for others with disabilities to reduce the barriers to the profession for people from all underrepresented backgrounds and working towards an NHS which more accurately represents our diverse patient population. 

Iona also holds Equity, Diversity and Inclusion roles within the Physiotherapy Research Society and CSP Student Reference Group alongside working as a website accessibility tester for Access by Design and as actor in educational healthcare simulation specialising in effective allyship.



Can’t make it?
The session will be recorded for ACPOHE members so if you can't make the date, you can still watch the recording afterwards - details will be emailed to you if you are registered for the session. If you’re not a member and would like to join, you can do so here.


If you have any questions about accessibility or to request any reasonable accommodations please contact admin@acpohe.org.uk as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate requirements to help you get the most from your experience with ACPOHE.


On registration you will receive an email with your individual link to join our webinar on the day. Please check your spam folder if you don't receive this. Please email admin@acpohe.org.uk if you have any problems with registration.

We are asking the extended set of questions in our registration form because we want to know more about who attends our webinars. You do not have to answer these questions (except for First Name, Surname and Email Address) if you do not want to.