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Helen Atkin

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Prior to joining Northumbria University, I practiced as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in neurological rehabilitation in the NHS for 17 years and held the positions of Professional Lead OT and Service User Involvement Lead. I have a particular interest in inclusive practice and have considerable experience in working with service users/ family members and staff to co-produce research, evaluation and service improvement.

I have extended my interest in this area through my doctoral studies which focused on how service users and staff assumptions in neurological rehabilitation influence experiences of inclusion and subsequently outcomes of rehabilitation.  Facilitating critical dialogue and co-production between service users and students/ health care staff is at the heart of my teaching and research.

Recovery Through Care Coordination Research Project

UK Network for Participatory Research Network 

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus East


  • Occupational Therapy MSc September 01 1994
  • Information not provided Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC) 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Participatory Research Into Inclusive Practice: Improving Services for People With Long Term Neurological Conditions, Cook, T., Atkin, H., Wilcockson, J. 29 Nov 2017, In: Forum: Qualitative Social Research
  • In-depth Analysis of Qualitative Interviews for the Deciding Together Consultation, Brandon, T., Atkin, H. 3 Apr 2016
  • Executive dysfunction, Atkin, H., van Wijck, F., McBean, D. Sep 2012, Applied Neurosciences for the Allied Health Professions, London, Elsevier
  • Towards Inclusive Living: a case study of the impact of inclusive practice in neuro-rehabilitation/neuro-psychiatry services (Department of Health Policy Research Programme LTNC Reference Number 530010), Cook, T., Atkin, H., Carter, L., Mitchell, P., Moore, P., Bell, E., Bond, M., Hutchinson, C., White, A., Piggott, M., Wilson, B., Wilcockson, J., Goodall, D., Birks, E. 2011
  • Research and development capacity building in allied health: rhetoric and reality, Atkin, H., Jones, D., Smith, K., Welch, A., Dawson, P., Hargreaves, G. 2007, In: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation


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