Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) Awards 2022

The CAHPO Awards 2022 are open from 9 May 2022 until 19 June 2022

Nominations can be made via a written submission, or a PowerPoint submission. Both types of submission can be made through the our online submission form.

The CAHPO Awards 2022 instruction pack can be downloaded to support your submissions.

Please view our frequently asked questions page for further queries regarding the awards.

Read last years blog post to understand the changes to the awards nomination process this year and how we have enabled greater inclusivity.

This year we will be holding our sixth annual Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) Awards on the evening of the 13 October 2022.

CAHPO Award nominations can be made for all members of the AHP Community, including support workers, assistant practitioners, registered professionals, pre-registration apprentices and students. Nominations can be made 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 being delivered by nominated AHPs and gives teams the chance to review their work and look at the impact they have made to services.

AHPs are the third largest clinical workforce in the NHS. The awards provide an opportunity to highlight the incredible work being carried out by AHPs and demonstrate the vital role they play in delivering the ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The award 2022 categories are:

Creative provision of placements award 2022 – awarded by Council of Deans of Health

Nominations are welcomed from AHP leaders, educators and/or students from health and social care or education (teams or individuals) who have helped change the face of AHP practice-based learning in the context of the challenges generated by the pandemic. This should include initiatives that have increased the number of practice-based learning opportunities and will sustain this increase whilst maintaining or improving quality.

Initiatives can be small or large, it is the creativity and potential that we are interested in. The application must demonstrate delivery of work that has increased practice-based learning capacity in an innovative way and that has potential to have impact at scale. Applications should describe the challenge, what was done and the impact, including how the approach could be adopted at scale in the future.

AHP Public health champion award 2022 – awarded by Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

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

Nominations are welcome demonstrating innovations, projects or initiatives in any setting that reflect how AHPs have led or significantly contributed to improvements in the health of a population. A strong nomination would be supported by evidence of impact on population health and health inequalities and descriptions of how the innovation, project or initiative could be scaled and/or spread.

AHP digital practice award 2022 – awarded by NHS England and NHS Improvement

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 workforce transformation award 2022 – awarded by Health Education England

Nominations are welcome for this award from individual AHPs or teams who are demonstrating transformation through innovation in AHP workforce supply, this can include or be from pre-registration through to post programmes settings e.g., new ways of offering work experience, return to practice, advance practice and international recruitment. Nominations are encouraged from those looking to grow their own sustainable AHP workforce e.g., development of support workers and apprenticeships. Applications need to demonstrate how the delivery of their work that has increased expansion of learning opportunities for current and future staff and will provide a sustainable flow of a future workforce. Applications should describe the benefits to the service including current staff and patients but also any challenges, what was done and the impact, including how the approach could be adopted at scale in the future across in other settings or by other professions.

AHP innovation and improvement within integrated care systems award 2022 – awarded by NHS England and NHS Improvement

As part of the transition to new statutory arrangements for Integrated Care Systems (ICS), AHP ICS Councils have developed, bringing together Chief AHPs from local providers across the system, in support of delivering the quality, operational delivery and financial priorities of the ICS. The AHP Council infrastructure has enabled collaboration between health, social care, third and voluntary sectors, to deliver innovation and improvement for the citizens who reside within those systems.

This category invites nominations from AHPs across health and social care, who have worked collaboratively to achieve improvements in quality and service delivery through an ICS approach. The nomination should be able to describe the challenge that was being faced, the changes that were made to address the challenge, and should be able to quantify the impact that was achieved.  This could be in relation to leadership working practices across organisational and geographical boundaries, and/or it could be about how care pathways have been transformed across the system.

AHP research impact award 2022 – awarded by National Institute of Health and Social Care Research and Council for Allied Health Professions Research

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 related 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.

Greener AHP award 2022 – awarded by Greener NHS

This award recognises an AHP team or individual who has delivered service improvements which improve healthcare’s environmental impact, for example carbon reduction projects or increasing equipment reuse. Nominations are welcome from AHPs and their teams, including support workers and students.

AHP Leadership for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion 2022 – awarded by NHS Race and Health Observatory

This award acknowledges and celebrates AHPs who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion agenda. Nominations should show how positive action was taken to ensure strategies/policies and wider work programmes are equitable, inclusive and give due regard to the diversity and strengths of all our communities. therefore facilitating the AHP workforce to reflect the people and populations we serve, through targeted evidence-based interventions.

CAHPO award 2021 – awarded by the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (England)

Awarded by the CAHPO, this is for the outstanding contribution and overall ‘AHP of the Year’, decided from the winners of each of the categories above. Please note: you cannot submit nominations for this award.