South West AHP Massive

On Friday 15th of March 2019 Somerset Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) hosted the first SW AHP MASSIVE event of 2019. These events were relaunched in 2018 to provide AHPs from across the SW region with an opportunity to network and work together on the challenges and priorities that are important.

The South West Leadership Academy was delighted to facilitate one of the afternoon breakout sessions and have a stand at the event to showcase its current leadership development opportunities.

Over 80 AHPs across the SW and wider ‘strategic plus one’ colleagues e.g. STP workforce leads/ Programme Leads/ Learning & Dev Leads / Those that represent AHPs at organisational & STP levels were in attendance.

The event included a morning of presentations from National and regional leads around our key themes; Identity – Leadership – Workforce. Suzanne Rastrick (Chief AHP Officer NHS England) kick started the day with a keynote speech, updating us on the plans to refresh AHPs into Action in line with the NHS long term plan and progress being made on achieving visible AHP leadership roles at all levels.

There was opportunity to network and share success. The afternoon breakout sessions focussed on

  • AHP Leadership #BangTheDrum exploring the qualities of a Director of AHPs and Systems Leader with facilitation support from the SW NHS Leadership Academy
  • AHPs in……Cancer/LD & Autism/Mental Health/Children’s services/Frailty and the use of patient activation measures
  • New ways of working – Starting with the patient and work back’ #TrulyPtCentredCare
  • Resilience and increasing #JoyinWork
  • Skills, role and competency – How do we use our skills to best support those in our communities and the opportunities presented with the establishment of PCNs.
  • Apprenticeship readiness. What’s the plan? and myth busting. Facilitated by Sarah-Jane Marcello Apprenticeship Relationship Manager – South & South West and Simon Dennis (Strategic Apprenticeship Procurement Lead) Health Education England & Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Carrie Biddle (HEE SW AHP Leadership Fellow) reported ‘There was a growing feeling in the room that systems are starting to show greater interest to engage and collaborate with the AHP workforce. We are ready to start a new conversation as an AHP collective to identify opportunities to work in new ways to best support those living in our communities. This morning we heard from Hilary Hall (Director of AHPs Dorset ICS) on the value and benefits of designated AHP system leadership. There is still a clear ambition and intent to make progress in realising Director AHP roles within organisations, and visible AHP leadership at system level across the wider SW to maximise the skills and capabilities of a collaborative multi-professional workforce.


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