Innovative solutions to deliver #FutureNHS

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.
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  • Live main stage presentations can be viewed by periscope via @WeAHPs
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Suzanne Rastrick

Suzanne qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Oxford. Suzanne was the first Allied Health Professional (AHP) to hold a substantive Director of Nursing post in both provider and commissioning organisations. She became the Chief Executive of a Primary Care Trust, where a particular highlight was having leadership responsibility for delivering health resilience and health ‘blue light’ services during the Olympic sailing events held in Dorset in 2012. She subsequently gained authorisation for a large Clinical Commissioning Group, before moving to her current post with NHS England. She was appointed as Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for England in September 2014.

In 2017 Suzanne launched the first AHP strategy for England which has been recognised as ground-breaking in policy development from its use of crowdsourcing. Building on this, Suzanne published the second AHP strategy – ‘AHPs Deliver’ in June 2022. This iteration had a greater emphasis on patient, public voice and specifically the inclusion of those who may be digitally excluded along with communities who may find it difficult to connect with traditional consultation methods. The result is a national strategy crowdsourced from diverse populations for people and communities AHPs serve.

For over three decades, Suzanne has held non-executive portfolios outside of the NHS, including audit committee chair roles, predominantly in the housing and charitable sector. Suzanne was recognised as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2019. In 2023 Suzanne was awarded a Visiting Professor role at St George’s, University of London and at Oxford Brookes University.

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