Realising the potential of Allied Health professionals

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Date: 7th Jun 2016

Health Education North West London (HENWL) has commissioned the Allied Health Enterprise Development Centre (AHEDC), a joint venture between Allied Health Solutions and Buckinghamshire New University, to undertake a project over an 8 month period between March 2014 and October 2014.

In support of the HENWL Workforce Skills and Development Strategy 2013-2018, this project supports the HENWL vision and focuses in part on the contribution the Allied Health professional workforce currently makes, and the potential enhanced contribution AHPs can make to future services, in particular the emerging integrated health and social care.

The key aim of this project is to identify and provide evidence to support and strengthen the contribution that AHPs can and do make to effective patient outcomes. This project includes developing a competency framework for AHPs, and detailing the services they provide across the eight boroughs of HENWL to:

  • dementia care through to end of life;
  • transfer of care across integrated care services;
  • adult re-ablement and rehabilitation.

HENWL is also funding the AHEDC to develop an Allied Health professions tool to support patient/service user need at both a service and population level for Health Education North West London.

This is in response to an identified need by AHP leads across HENWL and the significant focus on national staffing levels and the aim across all health care services to ensure safe, effective and high quality services for service users. This project is to support the development of an AHP tool to help determine AHP optimum staffing levels required across patient pathways.

June Davis, Director, Allied Health Solutions said: "In the short term a tool will be developed to help Allied Health service providers predict and propose staffing ratios to support the management of different patient pathways across acute, community and primary care settings. This part of the work will commence in March 2014 and be completed by June 2015."

Longer term, it is proposed that an approach is taken to inform how the AHP workforce could be set up based on projected population health needs covering NWL. This part of the contract will commence in June 2015 and be completed by December 2015.

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