Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) are the third largest workforce in the NHS, spanning 14 diverse professions across health, social care, education, housing, criminal justice and private practice. Our workforce includes art therapists, podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, paramedics, physiotherapists and radiographers.
There are more than 213,000 registered AHPs in the UK, and 170,000 in England alone. As professionals, our transformative potential within the health, care and wider system is huge. However, our contributions are not always fully realised.
This is why in 2017 NHS England launched AHPs into Action – a framework to inform and inspire how AHPs support health, care and wellbeing.
The framework sets out key priorities for the AHP professionals to evaluate, improve and evidence the impact of our contribution.
As a physiotherapist and service manager I have experienced first-hand how NICE could support AHPs to fulfil these priorities.
NICE guidelines supported our clinical audit, helped us to identify priorities for improving our service and provided my colleagues and me with an objective framework for service redesign.
As head of programmes for the Chief AHP Officer I know many AHPs are still unsure how to put NICE guidance into practice.
This is why we are excited to be launching this autumn a new series of webinars with NHS Improvement designed to support AHPs engage with NICE’s work and use structured approaches to improve quality of care.
Targeted primarily at AHPs, the NICE into Action webinars are open to everyone and will take place from September, once a month, over lunchtime.
Each webinar will include practical examples from a number of AHPs involved with NICE.
You can find out more details and how to register at the links below.
- An AHP’s guide to NICE - Monday 10 September
- The role of NICE quality standards - Monday 15 October
- Implementing NICE guidance – everyone’s business - Tuesday 13 November
- NICE and you as a professional and practitioner - Tuesday 11 December
I hope you can join us this autumn.