Empowering allied health professionals to transform health and care services

Date: 
Time: 
9.00am–5.00pm
Venue: 
The King's Fund, London W1G 0AN
Event type: 
One-day conference

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About the event

This conference provided a key opportunity to shine a spotlight on the active role that Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) have to play as key members and leaders of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams, in commissioning and delivering more person-centred, integrated and effective services.

Conference sessions

Tailored conference sessions examined how pioneering AHPs are driving forward professional leadership, service realignment and workforce development to support new models of care.

Sessions also explored:

  • AHPs as self-advocates – promoting their roles and skills
  • the role of AHPs in meeting the growing needs of the older population and those with long-term conditions
  • findings from the National Audit of Intermediate Care (NAIC 2014)  
  • addressing the hidden health problem of malnutrition
  • promoting patient direct access or self-referral to AHP-led services
  • supporting allied health professionals to deliver public health services
  • collecting data and measuring outcomes.

Programme

Session one: Opening plenary

Welcome and introduction

Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

Allied Health Professionals – key players in transforming our health and care services

Professor David Oliver, President Elect, British Geriatrics Society and Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund

'It’s the patient, stupid…' (with apologies to James Carville, 1992)

  • Messages for commissioners and providers of health and social care.

Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England

Findings from the National Audit of Intermediate Care (NAIC 2014)

  • Key measures.
  • Describing the current state of play with intermediate care services and the challenges for the future.
  • Strengthening the role of AHPs in intermediate care.

Dr Duncan Forsyth, Chair, National Audit of Intermediate Care Steering Group and Consultant Geriatrician, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and discussion

Session two: Supporting and developing the AHP workforce

Welcome back

Ann Green, Chair, Allied Health Professions Federation and Chair, Practice and Development, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Perspectives from Northern Ireland

  • The role of AHPs in the delivery of local, integrated, high quality patient-centered services.
  • Promoting service and role redesign to AHPs to increase capacity and add value to service delivery.
  • Ensuring robust governance arrangements, including supervision, are in place to ensure the safe delivery of high quality care for service users and staff.

Hazel Winning, Lead Allied Health Professional Officer, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Allied health professions – the next major public health workforce?

  • Supporting AHPs to be in a position to deliver public health work.
  • Helping commissioners to see where they can get added value by incorporating public health outcomes into contracts with AHP services.
  • Communicating with AHPs about public health priorities (areas important to the public health world and which AHPs are collectively well positioned to make a difference).

Linda Hindle, Lead Allied Health Professional, Public Health England

Questions and discussion

Panel discussion: developing capacity and adapting the workforce to match future service demands

  • Promoting patient direct access to AHP-led services.
  • Empowering strong professional leadership and supporting flexible working.
  • Enabling independent prescribing by AHPs.

Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England in conversation with:

  • Andy Collen, Clinical Development Manager, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS FT and Project Lead,Medicines and Prescribing, College of Paramedics
  • Christina Freeman, Professional Officer: Policy, Guidance and Advice, The Society and College of Radiographers
  • Sue Hayward-Giles, Assistant Director, Practice and Development, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick, Dean of Podiatric Medicine, College of Podiatry

Session three: Case studies

A: Intermediate care for older people

Chaired by: Professor David Oliver, President Elect, British Geriatrics Society and Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund

Good discharge planning and post discharge support

  • ‘Discharge to assess’ – reducing the period of hospitalisation and increasing patient independence using a lower level of care resource.
  • The role of ‘Active Recovery’ – a community team consisting of nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and rehabilitation assistants who assess the patients ongoing care and therapy needs at home.
  • Impact on patient experience and length of stay.

Laura Evans, Head of Occupational Therapy, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Reconfiguring stroke rehabilitation services

  • Providing intensive rehabilitation at home through early supported discharge services.
  • Identifying and meeting the patients’ clinical and rehabilitation needs –  team  includes nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
  • Delivering the VISTA programme to support patients with life after stroke and in making lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of subsequent strokes.

Emma Cork, Stroke Therapy Service Lead, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Questions and discussion 

B: Rapid support services at home

Chaired by: Catherine Foot, Assistant Director of Policy, The King's Fund

Community rapid response scheme

  • Multi-disciplinary service includes nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists social care managers, a consultant geriatrician, pharmacists, multi-skilled healthcare assistants.
  • Arranging for the most appropriate professional from the multi-disciplinary service to visit the patient at home.

Mark Evans, Local Commissioning Group Manager, Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

Using pathways and integration to improve patient care

  • Developing paramedics to achieve whole system urgent care solutions.

Andrew Hodge, Advanced Paramedic, Yorkshire Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Questions and discussion

C: Integrated care

Chaired by: Dr Nicola Walsh, Assistant Director of Leadership, The King's Fund

Allied health professionals delivering one-stop foot rheumatology clinics by direct access to services

Dr Mhairi Brandon, Principal Physiotherapist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Providing complex clinical support to patients in their own home

  • Treating patients at home through the Post-Acute Care Enablement (PACE) service.
  • Establishing a team of specialist nurses and therapists to be there when the patient arrives home and provide care seven days a week, with overnight stays if necessary.

Katie Donlevy, Director of Service Transformation, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and discussion

D: Supporting long-term care

Chaired by: Linda Hindle, Lead Allied Health Professional, Public Health England

Living well through activity in care homes: the toolkit

  • Supporting care home residents to live their lives doing the day-to-day activities that are important to them

Karin Tancock, Professional Advisor for Older People and Long-Term Conditions, College of Occupational Therapy

Addressing the hidden health problem of malnutrition

  • Tackling malnutrition to help local people to live more healthily, help reduce the amount of time they take to recover after an illness and ultimately avoid unnecessary stays in hospital

Kirstine Farrer, Consultant Dietitian, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Member, Malnutrition Taskforce

Questions and discussion

Session four: Enhancing data collection, measuring outcomes and evidencing impact

Welcome back

Professor David Oliver, President Elect of the British Geriatrics Society and Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund

Allied health professionals: can we measure quality of care?

  • Understanding more about the quality of care delivered by AHPs and how it might be changing.
  • Improving the visibility of AHP care in datasets.

Holly Dorning, Research Analyst, Nuffield Trust

Making the case for physiotherapy in preventing falls

Sue Hayward-Giles, Assistant Director, Practice and Development, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Empowering AHPs to evidence their impact and shape the future of service delivery

Speakers from the day were be joined by:

  • Lesley-Anne Baxter, Vice Chair, Allied Health Professionals Federation and Outgoing Chair, British and Irish Orthoptic Society
  • Anna Maratos, Head of Arts Psychotherapies, Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust and Advisory Group Member, The Allied Health Professionals Health Education England Advisory Group 
  • Dr Caz Sayer, GP and Chair, NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group

Closing comments and summary

Professor David Oliver, President Elect, British Geriatrics Society and Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund

Close of conference

Speakers

Professor Chris Ham

Chief Executive, The King's Fund

Read Chris' biography

Professor David Oliver

President Elect, British Geriatrics Society and Visiting Fellow, The King's Fund

Read David's biography

Suzanne Rastrick

Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England

Ann Green

Chair of Allied Health Professions Federation and Chair of Practice and Development, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Linda Hindle

Lead Allied Health Professional, Public Health England

Catherine Foot

Assistant Director of Policy, The King's Fund

Read Catherine's biography

Andy Collen

Clinical Development Manager, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS FT and Project Lead for Medicines and Prescribing, College of Paramedics

Christina Freeman

Professional Officer: Policy, Guidance and Advice,  The Society and College of Radiographers

Dr Nicola Walsh

Assistant Director of Leadership, The King's Fund

Read Nicola's biography

Sue Hayward- Giles

Assistant Director, Practice & Development, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Emma Cork

Stroke Therapy Service Lead, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Mark Evans

Local Commissioning Group Manager,  Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Mhairi Brandon

Principal Physiotherapist and Violet Butters, ESP Podiatrist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Katie Donlevy

Director of Service Transformation, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Karin Tancock

Professional Advisor for Older People and Long-Term Conditions, College of Occupational Therapy

Holly Dorning

Research Analyst, Nuffield Trust

Lesley-Anne Baxter

Vice Chair, Allied Health Professionals Federation and Outgoing Chair, British and Irish Orthoptic Society 

Anna Maratos

Head of Arts Psychotherapies, Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust and Advisory Group Member, The Allied Health Professionals Health Education England Advisory Group

Andrew Hodge

Advanced Paramedic, Yorkshire Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Hazel Winning

Lead Allied Health Professional Officer, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Dr Duncan Forsyth

Chair, National Audit of Intermediate Care Steering Group and Consultant Geriatrician, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Laura Evans

Head of Occupational Therapy, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Kirstine Farrer

Consultant Dietitian, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Member, Malnutrition Taskforce

Dr Caz Sayer

GP and Chair, NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group