NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer gives an update on the AHPs Online Workshop and why it is important to take part:
It’s been a week since I launched the online workshop to engage the Allied Health Professions to co-create and shape the vision for the future that will support and drive AHPs transformative role in England’s health and care system.
We are asking you to respond to two key questions:
- How will England be different if all AHPs were genuinely used effectively?
- What do you think AHPs need to stop, start or do differently to ensure they are ‘used’ effectively to help transform health and wellbeing in England?
The workshop has received a tremendous response with 530 people joining the discussion in the first five days. There were 123 ideas posted, on which there were 315 comments made and 2,040 votes cast declaring a ‘like’ or a ‘dislike’ to an idea or comment.
You can register or log on at any time until the 2 May 2016.
The results of this initial workshop will be presented at the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Conference on the 23 June #CAHPO16 . Following which the online workshop will be opened again to engage wider stakeholder groups including, people receiving AHP services, carers, other health care professionals, commissioners etc.
Over the past five years , despite global recession and austerity, healthcare has generally been successful in responding to a growing population, an ageing population, and a sicker population, as well as new drugs and treatments and cuts in local councils’ social care.
Remarkable – but we know that it cannot continue. It is unsustainable and leading to three widening gaps outlined in the five year forward view, published in October 2014; the health and wellbeing gap, the care and quality gap and the funding and efficiency gap.
Our response to that has been The Vanguards, new models of care developed during 2015 was one of the first steps towards delivering the Five Year Forward View and supporting improvement and integration of services.
In addition to this, the NHS shared planning guidance 2016/17 – 20/21 outlines a new approach to help ensure that health and care services are planned by place rather than around individual institutions. This means that every health and care system will work together to produce a multi-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), showing how local services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years – ultimately delivering the Five Year Forward View vision.
The online workshop is AHPs opportunity to collectively co-create and co-own their response to this. How AHPs will work together, with the wider health and care system to narrow the gaps in the quality of care, their population’s health and wellbeing, and in NHS finances.
Thank you to all who have contributed so far. For those who haven’t had the chance, please don’t miss out on this opportunity to co-create change.
- You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at: @SuzanneRastrick
Suzanne Rastrick has been NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer since September 2014.
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