On the 14th of October, the 14 allied health professions (AHPs) will be celebrating the 4th annual AHPs’ Day.

AHPs are the third largest clinical workforce in the NHS, with significant opportunities to support delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. AHPs’ Day is an annual opportunity for AHPs to come together and celebrate being part of the AHP family, and the day gives an opportunity to showcase to others the impact they make to the delivery of high-quality care. The collaborations in services, organisations, trusts, regions and nationally enable:

  • Improved awareness of the role of the fourteen allied health professions
  • Showcasing the achievements of local services and their impact on patient care and population health
  • Integrated working with other services and organisations.

Here in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR), although again this year we will not be able to physically come together we have put on a week of virtual events (which are open to all staff) to celebrate the valuable contribution of AHPs across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Take a look at our planned activities:

Click the titles to open the meetings. Recordings will be posted following the sessions:

Monday 11 October

1. Welcome to our celebration of AHPs

Presented by Deanne Rennie, Associate Director of AHPs (LPT) and LLR AHP Council Co-chair, Anne Scott, Director of Nursing, AHPs and Quality (LPT), Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance and Deputy Chief Executive (ICS) and Carolyn Fox, Chief Nurse (UHL).

2. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Presented by Aideen McKenna and Miral Joshi who will be showcasing examples of equality, diversity and inclusion across the LLR system.

Tuesday 12 October

1. AHP Productivity

Facilitated by Debbie Blaze, Service Manager, Community Neurology and Stroke Services (LPT) including presentations from Rob Goddard (NHSEI), National Job Planning Lead (NHSEI), presentations from the Community Integrated Neurology and Stroke Services team (LPT) and Mandy Mobley, Head of Neuropsychology (LPT).

2. Health and Wellbeing

Presented by Sarah Skelton, Podiatrist (LPT) Kerry Smith, Senior Social Prescribing Link Worker and Anna Christie who will be exploring the principles of social prescribing and the positive impact it can have on wellbeing.

Wednesday 13 October

1. Our AHP Workforce

Presented by Sam Branston, Clinical Team Lead (LPT) including guest speakers Meghan Parr (HEE), Louise Young, Assistant Director Strategic Workforce Partnerships and Programmes, and Steph O’Connell, Lead Therapist (LPT), LLR Faculty Lead and AHPs Council Co-chair and a personal journey from an LPT apprentice.

2. New Models for Practice Education

Presented by Sue Wyburn, with guest speakers including both students and educators.

Thursday 14 October (AHPs Day)

1. Address by Suzanne Rastrick, chief AHP officer

Suzanne’s address will give thanks, acknowledgement, and inspiration to our AHP workforce.

2. The Quest for Growth and Innovation in AHPs

Presented by Victoria Apparicio (HEE) including presentations from Gemma Phillips (LPT) on Dietetic Masters Research Project, Hannah Young (UHL) on DMT Approach for the Rehab of Frail Adults with Renal Bias, Linzy Houchen-Woolloff (UHL) on Covid Pathway & Covid Rehab across LLR System, Kate Lee (UHL) on Children’s Obesity Service links with Therapies, Dietetics and Psychology and Amirah Essop-Adam (UHL) on Scoping Survey for Vascular Patients.

Friday 15 October

1. AHPs Leading in Integrated Systems

Presented by Steph O’Connell, Lead Therapist (LPT), LLR Faculty Lead and AHPs Council Co-chair, including guest speakers Fay Bayliss, ICS Lead and Mark Pierce, Head of Population Health Management (ICS).

Social media competition

We are calling on all our Allied Health Professional colleagues and allies to tap into their inner creative self. This years #AHPsDay challenge is to create a photo that represents anything related to Allied Health Professions using any means possible- this may be baking a cake, painting a picture, a model, a dance. You can get your teams involved, your friends, families. We ask that you take a photo and post using #LLRAHPsWeek. There will be a prize for the best photos!

Call out for case studies

Have you got a great story you want to share with your LLR AHP colleagues? Get in touch with us so that we can feature you! Contact LPT.communications@nhs.net

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