NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer previews the launch of the next stage of AHPs shaping the future of health care:
In the last nine months many members of the 12 Allied Health Professions have undertaken a fascinating and hugely productive journey in helping to develop future policy.
I believe this journey to be unique to Western Europe and has involved other health and care professionals and the public.
They have come together to help shape strategy and policy via crowdsourcing as a method to air their views.
The benefit being that unlike a physical workshop, crowdsourcing provides a virtual room, in which any number of people can join, through any web-connected device, over a period of days or weeks to ensure a diverse audience have the chance to have their voice heard.
By asking specific questions and then utilising analytics to generate the insights arising from responses, this methodology has been utilised to draft a mandate for change for AHPs that is co-created and therefore co-owned.
It began back in April last year and entered a second phase as the “Mandate for Change” following my conference in June.
That led to no fewer than 16,000 individual contributions from 2,000 people out of 3,500 who signed up to take part in the debate, putting forward ideas and opinions, and voting on the best of them.
The product resulting from this collective work is ‘AHPs into Action’ which will be launched on 17 January 2017.
It defines how AHPs can support local Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and implement actions to respond to the three priorities set out in the Five Year Forward View: driving improvements in health and wellbeing; restoring and maintaining financial balance and delivering core quality standards.
AHPs are the third largest workforce in the health and care system and ‘AHPs into Action’ seeks to define how England would be different if AHPs were genuinely used effectively.
As this work was developed to actively include feedback from public and clinician participation we wish to continue this at, and beyond, the launch. We will be reopening the digital platform at the launch to seek thoughts on what individuals will take ‘intoAction’ themselves.
We will also be periscoping live the launch event to be held from 2.45pm to 5pm at Church House in Westminster next Tuesday and @WeAHPs will shortly be blogging details of how you can see this and participate in other social media activity under at: #AHPsintoAction.
- 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.