Harnessing the value of allied health professionals

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Throughout the country allied health professionals (AHPs) are increasingly playing a key role in integrating health and care services and improving health and wellbeing for people. This event is for leaders of local health and care services and allied health professionals. By sharing examples from around the United Kingdom it will look at how to harness the value of AHPs - the third largest workforce in health and care.

Allied health professionals

  • Come and learn how you can use your expertise as an AHP to shape the way health and care services are organised in your local area.
  • Discover professional development and new career opportunities that will enable you to lead changes in services for your patients.
  • Meet allied health professionals who have led innovate service changes that are showing exceptional results for patients and learn how they achieved this.

Leaders of local health and care services

Come and learn how AHPs can add value to local transformation in health and social care and how they can support the delivery of sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) in your area.

You'll find out how other leaders of clinical commissioning groups, hospital trusts and local authorities are using the AHP workforce in their areas to:

  • support local integration
  • relieve pressure on primary care
  • prevent unnecessary hospital admissions
  • improve approaches to prevention
  • provide solutions to problems in urgent and emergency care.

Keynote speakers


Suzanne Rastrick

Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England


Linda Hindle

Lead Allied Health Professional, Public Health England


Dr Joanne Fillingham

Clinical Director, Allied Health Professions, NHS Improvement



Registration opens, exhibition and networking


Session one: Supporting transformational change for our future health and care system

Gain national updates from NHS England, Public Health England and NHS Improvement.

10.00amWelcome and introduction

Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England

10.10amA framework for AHPs in England

Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England
  • Hear about the Allied health professions into action report, which explains how AHPs can support the delivery of Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs).
Keynote speaker

10.25amThe art of the possible: making it happen locally

Linda Hindle, Lead Allied Health Professional, Public Health England
  • Hear from Linda Hindle about where AHPs can add value to local transformation in health and social care, working with partners across acute, primary and community care and local government.
  • Look at ways to understand local prevention priorities and ways to shape services through a prevention lens.
Keynote speaker

10.40amSupporting the health and care system to realise the potential of AHPs

Dr Joanne Fillingham, Clinical Director, Allied Health Professions, NHS Improvement
  • Hear how AHPs are being supported through professional development and new career opportunities.
  • See how this has enabled them to support the wider health and care system and to deliver better care for patients.
Keynote speaker

10.55amQuestions and discussion


Breakout A: Enabling individuals to take a greater role in their own health and wellbeing

See how Essex County Council are supporting older people to stay independent and learn how senior physiotherapists in an NHS trust are coaching clinicians.

11.50amHealth coaching

  • Hear how senior physiotherapists qualified as health coaching trainers and rolled out health coaching to clinicians across the trust.
  • Learn the impact of the training in how clinicians are able to help work with patients to support behaviour change, help build rapport, improve listening skills as well as challenge patients more skilfully.


  • Trudi Dunn, Health Coaching Trainer and Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nina Finlay, Health Coaching Trainer and Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

12.15amGood lives

Rachel Richardson-Wright, Associate, Partners for Change
  • Hear about the Good Lives approach taken in Essex County Council to support older people to stay able, independent, active and self-managing.
  • Discover the key roles of AHPs in delivering this collaborative and multi-disciplinary way of working.

Breakout B: AHPs supporting general practice

See how AHPs are saving time for patients and freeing up appointments for GPs.

11.50amManagement of irritable bowel syndrome

Marianne Williams, Specialist Dietitian, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hear about the dietetics-led specialist gastroenterology service in Somerset and how it has been supporting GPs to help patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

12.15pmFirst point of contact physiotherapy in primary care

Rob Goodwin, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, Nottingham CityCare CIC
  • See how patients in two GP practices are able to see a physiotherapist instead of a GP if they have a musculoskeletal complaint.
  • Discover how this has saved time and freed up GP appointments.

Breakout C: Providing solutions to urgent and emergency care

Discover how AHPs are preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and supporting early and timely discharges.

11.50amOccupational therapy led service in the emergency department

Sarah Montgomery, Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist, St Marys Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust
  • Hear about the Central London Hospital and Major Trauma Centre Emergency Department Occupational Therapy (OT) to support early and timely discharges, thereby preventing unnecessary hospital stays or admission.

12.15pmPennine Lancashire Falls Response Service (FRS)

Learn how the partnership between paramedics and occupational therapists has delivered a service in East Lancashire to prevent unecessary hospital admissions for older people following a fall.


  • Rachel Bedwell, Occupational Therapist Falls Response Service, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Gail Smith, Paramedic Falls Response Service, Northwest Ambulance Service


Breakout D: Working in new ways and across boundaries

2.05pmRadiographer reporting: improving diagnostic capacity through team working

Nick Woznitza, Clinical Academic Reporting Radiographer, Homerton University Hospital and Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Hear how integrated radiographer-led reporting is able to increase capacity and streamline patient pathways.

2.30pmEvergreen: an AHP-led project to facilitate rehabilitation and discharge

  • Learn how Worcester Hospital has pioneered an AHP-led ward to help relieve winter pressures and avoid delayed transfers of care by using an inter-disciplinary approach. 

Speakers include:

  • Lucy Kindley, Senior Physiotherapist, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Vicky Bosworth, Nursing Ward,  Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Breakout E: Bridging the gap between physical and mental health

2.05pmPartnership working to deliver public health and fire safety checks.

  • Hear how a partnership between Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has been able to reduce harm from fire and implement Making Every Contact Count principles.


  • David Marsden, Head of Occupational Therapy, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust
  • Martin Barber, Community Safety Manager, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

2.30pmWalk faster, walker further

Learn about the Walk Faster, Walk Further 10,000 steps a day initiative implemented in St Andrews to help improve the health of patients and service users in secure inpatient mental health settings.


  • Paula Manning, Highly Specialist Physiotherapist, St Andrews Healthcare
  • Samantha Rigg, Head of Service for Physiotherapy, St Andrews Healthcare

Breakout F: Working together in multidisciplinary teams to deliver patient-centred care

2.05pmStoke Speaks Out: a multiagency approach to tackling high incidence of speech, language and communication needs across a whole community

Janet Cooper, Early Language and Communication Strategy Lead, Stoke Speaks Out
  • Learn about a multiagency programme, set up and led by speech and language therapists (SLTs) to support children with speech, language and communication needs and to reduce waiting times and access for those who need specialist services.
  • A collaborative programme between Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust and involving inclusion staff, SLTs, clinical psychologists, teachers, early years staff, bilingual support, midwives and play specialists.

2.30pmIntegrated Care Services: iCares

Hear how services in Sandwell were redesigned to centre around patients with long-term conditions who may require several different health and social care interventions.


  • Ruth Williams, Clinical Directorate Lead, iCares - Integrated Care Services and Allied Health Professional
  • Sandra Kennelly, Clinical Team Leader, iCares and Allied Health Professional.


Session four: Supporting integration across local areas

3.35pmWelcome back

Professor David Oliver, Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund and Clinical Vice-President, Royal College of Physicians

3.40pmIn-depth case study: integrating services across an STP footprint

  • Hear how AHPs across different NHS and local government organisations in West, North and East Cumbria have been working together to develop new and innovative ways of improving patient journeys across their sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) footprint.


  • Janet Folland, Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Helen McGahon, Head of Physiotherapy, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust
  • Matthew House, Consultant Paramedic, North West Ambulance Service
  • Doreen Singleton, Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy, Cumbria County Council.
Panel session

4.10pmQuestions and discussion

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