Allied Health Professions – Listening event

Lead: NHS England and Improvement

Period: 22nd Feb 2021 - 31st Mar 2021

An engagement to listen to people's views on Allied Health Professions

Brief description of project

The Allied Health Professionals Team at NHS England and Improvement, are creating a new strategy for Allied Health Professions (AHP) that fits with the NHS Long Term Plan.

The AHPs are the third largest workforce in the NHS, comprising of 14 professions. Who provide system-wide care to assess, treat, diagnose and discharge patients across social care, housing, education, criminal justice and independent and voluntary sectors. Through adopting a holistic approach to healthcare, AHPs are able to help manage patients’ care throughout the life course from birth to palliative care. With their focus on prevention and improvement of health and wellbeing to maximise the potential for individuals to live full and active lives within their family circles, social networks, education/training and the workplace.

Who did we speak to?

The team wanted to hear from a diverse range of citizens and a wide range of professions, from a wide range of people across the country, with different experiences and backgrounds. This diversity of views will help us make sure they develop a strategy that helps everyone.

The team wants to hear from everyone as most people will have had an experience with an Allied health care professional or will know of someone who has been looked after by an Allied health care professional.

What and how did we ask?

The team will held online conversation on a platform called ahpslisten.org which let people contribute their views and experiences anonymously.

What will we do?

After March the ideas will all be pulled together and shared back with citizens and professionals to agree what needs to be taken forward. This will be summer 2021. The strategy itself will be published in 2022.

How can you help?

You can help by sharing the link ahpslisten.org for feedback to your family and friends.