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Innovative solutions to deliver #FutureNHS – Suzanne Rastrick

NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer sets the scene for her second annual conference in London:

The theme for this year’s #CAHPO16 conference is ‘AHP innovation delivering #FutureNHS’.

The conference, to be staged at the Business Design Centre in London next week, will be attended by more than 400 senior multi-professional leaders, patient representatives, academics and other Arm’s Length Bodies involved in shaping the future of health and care.

The conference offers a platform for AHPs to display their response to the Five Year Forward View including their solutions to the challenges faced with regard to the care and quality, and health and well-being gap.

Delegates will gain innovative ideas to offer solutions to their own challenges, develop knowledge and skills to enable them to deliver transformation, and gain networks to support them in achieving #FutureNHS.

An impressive list of main programme speakers includes Daniel Mortimer, Chief Executive of NHS Employers, who will present ‘Reshaping the workforce’. This draws on the recent publication by the Nuffield Trust commissioned by NHS Employers which argues there is an urgent need to rethink the nature of the NHS workforce if new care models are to succeed in meeting the needs of our populations in the future.

Three further main stage speakers will offer their experience and knowledge delivering innovative solutions: Roz Davies MBA, Managing Director of We Love Life and Recovery Enterprises will speak about putting the ‘We’ back in to well-being. Paul Taylor, Innovation Coach, Bromford Lab, will offer insights in to how, through open innovation, sectors can share, learn and connect. And, Dr Neil Bacon, Chief Executive and Founder of iWantGreatCare will discuss how delivering innovation makes clinicians ecstatically happy.

Dr Joanne Fillingham, Clinical Fellow to the CAHPO and Dr Pete Thomond, Managing Director of Clever Together, will present the emerging AHP mandate for change, co-created during the first phase of the online workshop ‘How AHPs will transform care: a mandate for change’ .

Delegates will be able to contribute their initial thoughts, ideas and comments on the day.

Together with my team, I very much look forward to seeing you on the day.

  • The Chief Allied Health Professions Officer’s Conference will take place on the 23 June 2016 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.
  • Follow #CAHPO16 on twitter
  • Live main stage presentations can be viewed by periscope via @WeAHPs
  • You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at: @SuzanneRastrick

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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