My role in tackling health inequalities: a framework for allied health professionals

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Allied health professionals (AHPs) are an important part of the health and care workforce. In England, 170,000 AHPs work across 14 professional groups providing clinical care and contributing to population health more widely (by improving health and tackling health inequalities).  

The King’s Fund has worked with AHPs from across the UK to develop a framework to support any AHP to think through and understand their contribution to tackling health inequalities, whatever their role. The framework details how AHPs can raise awareness, take action and optimise advocacy through six lenses: self; patients; clinical teams, pathway and service groups; communities and networks; systems; and nurturing the future. 

The framework is designed to support AHPs to do whatever they can – large or small – to tackle health inequalities. Each section of the framework is accompanied by examples of AHP-led work already under way across England. 

This work was commissioned by Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement. 

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Rosanna Thurlow

University Hospitals Dorset
Comment date
15 July 2021

AHPs can play a vital role in tackling anti-fat bias and weight stigma in health care. People in bigger bodies are discriminated against throughout society and arguably, that discrimination is even more evident in healthcare settings.

I believe this leads to poorer health outcomes for people in bigger bodies. As AHPs we are used to advocating on behalf of our patients. I believe it is our role to advocate on behalf of those in bigger bodies: whether that's around concepts like dignity; timely access to "bariatric" equipment; early mobilisation etc etc.

I feel strongly that any unconditional bias training should be mandatory and should include anti-fat bias.

I am currently discussing this with the diversity and inclusion team at my trust, developing training on it for AHPs and talking about it to whoever will listen!

if anyone is interested in joining me and setting up a taskforce around this, please email me on:

David Sandbach

Retired NHS CEO,
Comment date
28 June 2021

The NHS needs to provide Medical Kiosks in Pharmacies, Supermarkets, leisure centres, village halls etc.

This will allow the population to have easier access to distance medicine in both rural and urban areas.

Maurice Perks

IT Consultant,
Private Individual
Comment date
18 June 2021

The NHS, for good reasons, is pushing ahead with what we can call Digital Consultations and even Digital Treatments when the technology is appropriate. Roughly 1 in 3 persons in the UK do not have proper access to the Internet for a variety of reasons. The Digitally Left Behind may be an even larger proportion of our society if they only have a smartphone which is not ideal for comprehensive online sessions. We now have a new underlying source of Health Inequality which we can call Digital Access. Could you please consider this and its implications for patients and the NHS?

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