NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer calls for maximum involvement as the AHPs Online Workshop on A Mandate for Change goes live:
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.
- You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at: @SuzanneRastrick
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.