Allied Health Professionals will be recognised for the first time at an awards ceremony hosted at the annual Chief Allied Health Professional Officer (CAHPO) conference today, 21 June 2017.
The five award categories include:
- Student of the year 2017
- Associate of the year 2017
- Digital Innovator 2017
- Practice Innovator 2017
- Workforce Transformation Leader 2017
Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Suzanne Rastrick will also present an overall winner’s award.
The awards have been introduced to recognise the outstanding contributions made by individual professionals including undergraduate AHPs and support workers – the ceremony will showcase the work being delivered to improve patient care across residential and clinical settings.
All winners will be offered development opportunities with award partners including mentoring, coaching and shadowing.
There are 14 Allied Health Professional groups within the AHP community, making up the third largest workforce across the health and care services. They include paramedics, physiotherapists, art and music therapists, chiropodists, dietitians, occupational therapists and prosthetists, orthoptists and speech and language therapists.
The theme this year – Using AHPs to transform health care and wellbeing will build on ambitions for delivering transformational change.
Over 400 delegates will attend the conference – now in its third year – and hear from speakers including Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, Helen Stokes – Lampard, Chair, RCGP, Dr Robert Varnam , Director of General Practice Development and Professor Michael West – Professor of organisational Psychology, Lancaster University.
‘AHPs into Action’, launched in January this year will be a key focus across a number of interactive sessions looking at New Care Models, Skills development, information and Technology and Leadership.
NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, Suzanne Rastrick, will provide the opening address, reflecting on achievements over the last 12 months and the future, she said: “I am proud to announce the successful candidates for our first AHP awards. This is exciting phase as we embrace working closer with a range of partners to assist with sustainability and transformation plans (STPs).
Workshops will be hosted by NHS England, NHS Improvement, NHS Digital, New Care Models, Health Education England and Public Health England.
The Chief Allied Health Professions Officer’s Conference is being held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.