Enabling allied health professionals to lead and shape new models of care

The King's Fund, London W1G 0AN
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About this event

This conference examined the key role that AHPs play in working across organisational boundaries; cutting across and delivering services differently in the following areas: prevention, public health services and integrated out-of-hospital care.

The following key issues will be addressed:

  • how AHPs can work best with commissioners and other health and care professionals
  • boosting AHPs’ powers to prescribe drugs to relieve pressure on primary care
  • how do we tackle workforce development issues for AHPs?
  • best practice examples of AHPs working as part of multi‐disciplinary teams to improve outcomes in intermediate and community care, and for patients with long‐term conditions
  • how do we ensure that we commission a workforce that respects the commissioning aspirations of CCGs but also the workforce needs of employers?
  • what opportunities exist for AHPs to engage in conversations about public health teams?


Breakfast workshop

How can AHPs play an active role within multi-specialty community providers?

  • Applying learning from the MSK pathway pilot to the design and delivery of this new care model

Dr Guy Pilkington, Chair of NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group
Aimee Robson, National Clinical Manager, Connect
Andrew Walton, Executive Chair, Connect

This workshop was organised by our Breakfast workshop sponsor, Connect.

Session one: Opening plenary

Welcome and introduction

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

Allied health professionals (AHPs): key players in delivering Forward View

Samantha Jones, Director of the New Care Models Programme, NHS England

How do we give AHPs more powers to unlock new models of care?

Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England

AHPs and patient-centred primary care

  • Making primary care services more responsive by encompassing a wider range of AHPs

Paul Maubach, Chief Executive, Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group

Understanding the role of AHPs in public health and prevention

Linda Hindle, Lead Allied Health Professional, Public Health England

Session two: Breakouts

Delegates chose to attend any one of the following breakout sessions:

A: Intermediate care for older people

Welcome and introduction

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

Findings of the National Audit of Intermediate Care 2015

Claire Holditch, Director, NHS Benchmarking Network

Providing rehabilitation to people within their own homes in order to maintain independence and prevent premature admission to long-term care

Ruth Broadbent, Clinical Co-ordinator, Community Rehabilitation Team, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

B: Independent prescribing

Welcome and introduction

Richard Evans, Chief Executive, The Society and College of Radiographers

Independent prescribing - the podiatrist's perspective

Debbie Sharman, Consultant Podiatrist, Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust and Visiting Lecturer, University of Southampton

Independent prescribing by physiotherapists in neurology: management of spasticity using botulinum toxin

Dr Stephen Ashford, NIHR Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Physiotherapist, Regional Rehabilitation Unit, Northwick Park Hospital

A strategic perspective: future potential for service improvement

Helen Marriott, AHP Medicines Project Lead, NHS England

C: Multidisciplinary working

Welcome and introduction

Andy Burman, Chief Executive, The British Dietetic Association

Integrated primary and acute care systems: new opportunities for different solutions

David Hedgcock, Group Manager, Northumbria Primary Care
Jonathan Kelly, Lead Clinician, MSK Physiotherapy, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Community rapid response

  • Exploring how occupational therapists can work with paramedics to provide a rapid response falls service to the local community

Sue Tracey, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Gail Smith, Paramedic and Specialist Falls Therapist, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

A speech and language therapy model of working within an acute hospital setting

Lynne Clark, Clinical SLT, Acute Services, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


D: Developing the public health contribution of AHPs

Welcome and introduction

Linda Hindle, Lead Allied Health Professional, Public Health England

Advancing the public health role of AHPs: a North West perspective

Professor Paola Dey, Professor of Public Health Epidemiology, University of Central Lancashire

Gillian Rawlinson, Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire

A rapid review and selection of evidence-based examples of AHP contributions to public health

Dr Sally Fowler-Davis, Clinical Academic, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

The Camden integrated community exercise medicine pathway

Dr Tom Aslan, Accountable Officer, NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group
Paul Allan, Clinical Lead (South) Connect PHC and Clinical Lead for Camden MSK Service




Session three: Healthy conversations

Welcome back

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

Ask the audience

  • How can AHPs engage with commissioners and others involved in designing the new models of care?
  • How can AHPs help commissioners deliver their objectives?
  • What opportunities exist for AHPs to engage in conversations with public health teams?

Joined by:
Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England
Dr Daniel Cowie, Local GP and Clinical Lead, NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group
Dr Guy Pilkington, Chair, NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

Healthy conversations between AHPs and the public

Kiran Kenth, Head of Development, Royal Society for Public Health
Linda Hindle, Lead Allied Health Professional, Public Health England




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