Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) Awards

Dear colleagues, as a result of the need to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic for the time being at least, we have taken the decision to cancel the AHP Awards for this year to reduce the burden of other projects on our colleagues. We will of course resume this worthwhile event in 2021 but, along with so many other events there was a clear need to stand this down to ensure the pandemic response was the priority.

If you did take the time to nominate a colleague for an award in 2020, rest assured this will be carried over to the 2021 award ceremony.

Yours sincerely
The AHP Leadership team for England, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

We are now in the fourth year of the awards. Building on the success of last year and in particular to reflect the breadth and quality of nominations received, we have reviewed the categories and processes to make this year’s awards even better.

This is a unique opportunity for AHPs, either nominated by their peers or by themselves, to receive recognition for their personal contributions towards delivery of exceptional care for patients. We continue to be impressed and inspired by AHPs in practice for their dedication, innovation and leadership. The awards also promote adoption and dissemination of good practice been delivered by nominated AHPs and gives teams the chance to review their work and look at the impact they have made to services.

As the third largest workforce in the NHS, Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) play an important role in the NHS and are vital to the delivery of the ambitions in the NHS Long Term Plan, the awards provide an opportunity to highlight the incredible work been carried out by 3rd largest workforce in England.

We are grateful that again, we are able to deliver the awards in partnership with NHS Employers, Public Health England, NHS Digital, Health Education England,  National Institute for Clinical Excellence(NICE), National Institute for Health Research(NIHR), Council for AHP Research (CAHPR) and Council of Deans Of Health

In addition, this year we are delighted to announce the Alzheimer’s Society will be awarding the clinical focus award which focuses on AHP dementia care in the community.

The Award 2020 categories are:

AHP Quality Improvement 2020

Nominations are welcomed from AHP practitioners, or a team of practitioners to which AHPs have contributed, who are able to demonstrate how they have driven forward broad and sustainable innovation or improvements, that have led to positive impact in line with the aspirations of AHPs into Action.  The nomination needs to be able to demonstrate use of a recognised approach to quality improvement, which will include a clear description of the challenge, the improvement approach undertaken, and evidence of the impact achieved. We also want to hear about the lessons learned through the process.  Nominations evidencing co-production and spread of the improvement will score more highly.

AHP Leader of the Year 2020

Nominations are invited from individuals or teams for AHP leaders that are able to demonstrate how they have driven forward broad and sustainable innovation, delivery or change that has led to positive impact in line with the aspirations of AHPs into Action.  The nomination needs to be able to demonstrate significant AHP leadership that is impacting in one or more of the impact, commitments or priority areas. It should describe challenges faced, the leadership approach taken to address this and the impact made.  Nominations evidencing spread of the innovation will score more highly.

AHP Student of the Year 2020

Nominated for their contribution as an AHP student leader to improve the experience of service users or fellow AHP students. This should be in one or more of the impact areas, commitments or priorities.

AHP Public Health Champion 2020

This award recognises an AHP team or individual who has delivered service improvements which benefit population health and wellbeing. Nominations are welcome from AHPs and their teams, including support workers.

Nominations in this category should demonstrate one or more of the impact areas, commitments or priorities in AHPs into Action and align with the UK AHP public health strategy 2019-2024. Nominations are welcome demonstrating innovations, projects or initiatives in any setting that reflect how AHPs have helped to champion and embed public health, prevention, and making every contact count, or initiatives aimed at reducing health inequalities, health promotion and health protection. A strong nomination would be supported by evidence of impact, and descriptions of how the innovation, project or initiative could be shared.

AHP Workforce Transformation 2020

Nominations are welcome for this award from AHPs who are demonstrating innovation in AHP supply and workforce e.g. new ways of work experience, return to practice or showing innovation in growing your own sustainable AHP workforce.

AHP Digital Practice 2020

Nominations are welcome from AHPs who have led the way in digital developments.  They need to be able to demonstrate innovation in information and communication technologies and how the innovation, project or initiative impacts in one or more of the impact areas, commitments or priorities in AHPs into Action.  This could include how AHPs have used data to drive quality improvement or how they have embedded new technologies in practice.

AHP Clinical Focus on Dementia 2020

This clinical focus award will concentrate on one of the key priority areas for the NHS, for 2020 it will focus on dementia.

AHPs have a central role in transforming dementia care, we invite nominations from AHP teams or individuals who have had substantial involvement in the development, delivery and evaluation of projects or service developments that improve quality of life for people affected by dementia.  We welcome applications from AHPs working across the dementia pathways including:

  • Prevention / Risk Reduction
  • Early diagnosis
  • Post Diagnosis support
  • Ongoing support for people living with dementia (including advanced dementia)
  • End of life care

NICE into Action 2020

This is an opportunity to demonstrate how you have used NICE guidance or quality standards in practice. Nominations are welcome from individuals or a team who have used NICE guidance or quality standards to improve the quality of care and consider how services use resources. Entries from AHPs working in social care and integrated care services are particularly welcomed. This may include submissions based on any type of NICE guidance covering health, public health and social care topics, medical technologies and medicines practice. Your submission should show how your service based its approach on specific recommendations in the relevant NICE guidance or statements in a quality standard; or general processes to make best use of guidance or quality standards.  Submissions of a high standard will also be published on the NICE shared learning database.

AHP Research Impact 2020

This award focuses on the contribution made by AHPs in developing, leading or supporting research in health, social care and public health, and the impact that this contribution has made. Submissions are welcome from individuals or teams who have led research projects or initiatives that have had a positive impact on AHPs, AHP services, patients and citizens – including but not limited to safety, quality and outcomes; service delivery, efficiency and productivity; or education and workforce development.

We encourage a breadth of nominations, including initiatives that have encouraged NHS or social care staff to be research active, smaller challenging projects, as well as more formal research projects and programmes

AHP of the Year 2020

Awarded by NHS England and NHS Improvement, this is the outstanding contribution award decided and awarded by the Chief AHP Officer – Please Note you cannot submit nominations for this award.

We are pleased to announce the 2020 awards are now open.

You will need to register for an account which will allow you to amend and update your submission before you submit and enter the awards.

Support and guidance can be found on the application portal including a how to apply guide. If you have any questions or queries please email

Register and apply.