Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) assess, treat, diagnose and discharge patients across social care, housing, education, and independent and voluntary sectors. They adopt a holistic approach and focus on the prevention and improvement of health and wellbeing to maximise individuals' potential to live full and active lives (Source: HEE). A comprehensive list of the 14 AHPs can be found via this NHS website; they include art therapists, chiropodists, and physiotherapists.
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Further information and guidence about allied health professionals.
AHPs into Action is the national framework and strategy focusing on the role of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in transforming health, care and wellbeing.
The 14 Allied Health Professions form the third largest clinical workforce in health and care. The breadth of AHPs’ skills and their reach across people’s lives and organisations makes them ideally placed to lead and support change and improvement.
About the framework
AHPs into Action describes how they can support the delivery of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships. It is a resource to inform, support and inspire AHPs, leaders and decision makers across the health and care system, offering:
- A clear view of the potential of AHPs
- Over 50 examples of innovative AHP practice
- A framework to help develop local delivery plans.
The framework was produced using national policy priorities, current evidence, engagement with senior leaders, and crowdsourcing the views of patients, carers, the public, and health and care staff. Over 16,000 contributions were submitted through our online workshop in 2016.
Implementing AHPs into Action
Implimenting AHPs into Action is a four-year programme, with a range of support offers to support AHPs and decision makers. The AHPs into Action framework expires at the end of 2021. Please visit AHPs into Action: Next Chapter to find out more about how we are developing the next strategy for AHPs in England.
A Digital Framework for Allied Health Professionals
Enabling AHPs to use information and technology is one of 4 priorities in AHPs into Action. A Digital Framework for Allied Health Professionals – Key foundations for future clinical practice supports local services and AHPs to make that happen and works towards services that are both paper-free at the point of care and connected to other services and systems.
AHPs into Action on Cancer
AHPs contribute to cancer care across the cancer pathway. This Quick Guide highlights the contribution of AHPs to implementing the cancer strategy and improving both cancer outcomes and quality of life.
AHPs into Action- Enhancing Health in Care Homes
AHPS can make significant contributions to the health and care of people living in care homes. This Quick Guide: to allied health profession enhancing health in care homes highlights the contribution of AHPs in supporting the Enhancing Health in Care homes framework. The NHS Long Term Plan includes roll out the Enhancing Health in Care Homes Framework, as one of 4 strategic priorities for community health services. It includes an upgrade of NHS support to all care home residents, including a focus on nutrition, hydration with support from the right professionals when they have been unwell, including rehabilitation. This quick guide will support service leaders in meeting these ambitions and enable AHPs to work in partnership with those working in care homes to improve the health and quality of life of their residents.
Greener Allied Health Professional hub
The Greener AHP hub aims to provide:
- Information on the importance of environmental sustainability for both population health and the health of the environment.
- Examples of the ways in which AHPs are already doing things which improve environmental sustainability.
- Suggestions of how AHPs can contribute in relation to environmentally sustainable practice, digital, food and diet, use of equipment and public health and prevention.
This resource complements Delivering a Net Zero NHS and provides clear actionable steps which AHPs can take to improve their own environmental sustainability. It includes ‘what good looks like’ for individual AHPs and their teams, as well as wider examples demonstrating how AHPs can lead this work in their organisations.
Sustainability will remain a priority for AHPs going forward. The Greener AHP Hub marks the start of a journey, and these pages will continue to develop over tim
Advice for trusts to ensure that their approach to job planning for allied health professionals (AHPs) is consistent with best practice.
Job planning is an important way to link best use of resources with quality outcomes for patients and is a useful element in service redesign. By documenting professional activity in job plans, you can better understand your workforce capacity and match it to patients’ needs.
When this is combined with e-rostering software, you can effectively plan and deploy your workforce — achieving the productivity gains described in Lord Carter’s reports on unwarranted variation (in acute hospitals and in mental health and community health services), and meet the National Quality Board’s expectations on safe, sustainable and productive staffing.
It is important to recognise that digitising job plans allows for greater transparency and efficiency. However, time allocations and the content of an individual’s job plan can be agreed before software is in place. This guide will support AHP services to introduce job planning with or without software.
This resource supplements national workforce guidance — Levels of attainment and meaningful use standards for e-rostering and e-job planning — and it replaces the AHP job planning guide we published in 2017. This guidance is relevant for all AHPs irrespective of which sector they work in.
Tools to support
This template helps to support the calculation of clinical capacity for AHP teams and services and is provided for your optional use to support the implementation of job planning for AHP services that do not have software in place.
The Medic Portal
The medic portal provides resources for those thinking about a carerr in healthcare to those already working there. To find out more follow the link here.
Inline with career resources the medic portal also provides courses on interview preparation which can be found here.
Continued Professional Development (CPD)
Any activity from which you learn or develop professionally can be considered eligible for CPD, though you should ensure that these complement your practice and enhance the service you provide.
CPD can be:
- Work-based learning. For example, reflecting on experiences at work, considering feedback from service users or being a member of a committee.
- Professional activity. For example, being involved in a professional body or giving a presentation at a conference.
- Formal education. For example, going on formal courses or carrying out research.
- Self-directed learning. For example, reading articles or books.
To find out more about allied health professionals guidance, publications and resources follow the link here.