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Take this chance to have your say – Suzanne Rastrick

NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer calls for maximum involvement as the AHPs Online Workshop on A Mandate for Change goes live:

 A week ago I told of plans to engage the Allied Health Professions to co-create and shape the vision for the future.

Specifically, to form a national declaration, strategy and programme of work that will support and drive AHPs transformative role in England’s health and care system.

This is your chance to share views on how you can deliver future care in England – and this is for wherever you practice, not just the NHS. This is not just about the health service. It’s about local authorities, housing, private practices and the voluntary sectors too.

This is an exciting time for AHPs, never before have they been asked as a whole to be part of the discussion and decision making, and to co-create and co-own a collective vision.

I am delighted to inform you that today the virtual platform is open for AHPs to take part in the online workshop to share views on how collectively they can deliver future care in England. This is your chance to have a voice and build a mandate for change.

By following a simple registration process you can join the online workshop now and, as many times as you like during the next two weeks, offer your insight to two key questions.

There is also an option on the platform to invite your AHP colleagues. Please encourage colleagues to have a voice also. You will be able to share your views, look at the views of others and offer feedback by voting and commenting on their contributions. You will also be able to come back to the conversation at any time while the workshop is live, to check what others think of your ideas, and respond to queries or questions they may have.

This is the first stage of a multi staged approach to this work. The results of the initial workshop with AHPs will be presented at the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Conference on the 23 June #CAHPO16 . Following which the online workshop will be opened again to engage wider stakeholder groups including, people receiving AHP services, carers, other health care professionals, commissioners etc.

Throughout this process contributions will be anonymised to ensure ideas are judged based on their merit rather than their author.

Your expertise is essential to shaping this conversation and I very much look forward to reading all your contributions online.


Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS EnglandSuzanne Rastrick has been NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer since September 2014.

Her pivotal role includes taking the lead in developing the vital contribution from the 12 allied health professions (AHPs) to further improve the commissioning and services provided by AHPs to achieve better outcomes for patients after illness and injury.

She works alongside colleagues both within and outside of NHS England, as the senior adviser to the Department of Health on AHP matters, as well as representing England’s health professionals on the international stage.

Suzanne qualified as an Occupational Therapist (OT) from Oxford in 1986 and began her career in the acute hospital sector.

She was one of the first allied health professionals (AHPs) to hold a substantive Director of Nursing post. She has also been Chief Executive of a Primary Care Trust Cluster, and has a Non-Executive portfolio in the commercial and not for profit Housing Sector and sits on a number of national groups.

Since 2013, she has played a prominent role in clinical commissioning, as Interim Chief Executive of NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group during its shadow form, followed by Director of Quality.

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7 comments

  1. Helen McCloughry says:

    I am a specialist advisor for CQC and haven doing indirection work for nearly twenty years. I am an OT by background .

    Every time I conduct an inspection as part of a team o am always struck by the absence of AHPs sitting on Boards.

    There is usually some confusion where their voice is at Board level and while they are often doing excellent and innovative things they are always ‘bottom up’

    Meanwhile the hospital struggles with patient flow and efficiencies.

    My reflection is that this is more than leadership training that is needed.

    We need to have more AHP influence at executive level .

  2. Here in HEE North West London (LETB) we’re delighted to see this workshop. We know that in North West London and across the country there are AHPs and directors spearheading great initiatives in both community/primary care and acute services and driving benefits for patients as well as service change. It’s essential to bring workforce into this discussion at the best future stage and we are very keen to pick up with the AHP community the implications for workforce planning as well as commissioning education and training, and to support you in any and all ways we can.

    • Joanne Fillingham says:

      Dear Marcia,

      Thank you very much for your support and enthusiasm for this piece of work it is very much appreciated.

      If you could encourage those who are spear heading such great initiatives to log on to the workshop and share their great work that would be very much appreciated.

      We are working with the AHP leads from each regional team in NHS England. They have been key to disseminating this and supporting/encouraging AHPs to engage.

      This is the first stage of a multi staged approach to this work. The results of the initial workshop with AHPs will be presented at the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Conference on the 23 June #CAHPO16 . Following which the online workshop will be opened again to engage wider stakeholder groups including, people receiving AHP services, carers, other health care professionals, commissioners etc.

      Thank you once again for supporting this vital piece of work.

      Joanne Fillingham
      Clinical Fellow to the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer.
      jo.fillingham@nhs.net

  3. Mary Smith says:

    Stop closing hospitals in West London. As our already crowded boroughs expand with vast new housing developments how are we going to manage the population’s health, particularly now that SAHF has been discredited?

  4. A Milstead says:

    Any room for patient contributors on that then or are you going to make the changes on your own?

    • Joanne Fillingham says:

      Patient contributions are crucial to this, along with carers.

      In this first stage we are encouraging AHPs to take part to start to form an initial draft mandate.

      On 23 June 2016 the results of this will be presented at a the Chief Allied Health Professions Conference. They will also be posted on the platform, and at that point patients, carers and other key groups, will be invited, as a critical friend, to offer there views on what AHPs see as the priorities that need addressing. And, to give their views also.

      I do hope that you can take part at that point?

      If you would like any further information then please do not hesitate to contact me.

      Joanne Fillingham
      Clinical Fellow to the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer
      jo.fillingham@nhs.net

  5. Norman Douglas says:

    Partnership of Primary Care practices with Social Care, Community Care and secondary care in manageable locality hubs serving a population of 30 – 50 thousand seems to be an acceptable approach and still retains the autonomy, individuality and personal relationship with patents as the practices retain their original primary care facility.