The Allied Health Professionals Conference and Exhibition 2017
“We are going to need a strong focus on the contribution physiotherapists and other AHPs can bring.” - Simon Stevens, NHS England
The 172,686 registered Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) working in the UK are the backbone of the country’s healthcare system. As the NHS increasingly moves towards a model of patient-centred care, AHPs are set to take on an even more important role. Working across local communities and in social care, AHPs are well position to take the lead when it comes to providing joined up, multi-agency care which centres on the needs of the individual. Advances in new technology and analytic techniques are transforming the way paramedics, physiotherapists and other AHPs care for their patients and improve public health.
Join us for the Allied Health Professionals Conference where experts will discuss the latest developments in the health sector and explain the key role AHPs will play in developing new models of care. Learn how AHPs can do more to promote their vital contribution to the NHS and how innovations in health technology are improving care.
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|Kay Hack||Dean of Health Sciences, Salford University|
|Martin Vernon||Consultant Geriatrician Clinical Director, Community Adults and Specialist Services Directorate, NHS England|
|Linda Hindle||Lead Allied Health Professional and National Engagement Lead for Police and Fire Services, Public Health England|
|Richard Evans OBE||Chief Executive, Society and College of Radiographers|
|Andy Burman||Chief Executive, British Dietetic Association|
|Chris Veevers||Trustee for the North West Region, College of Paramedics|
|Ruth Allarton||Head of Department of Allied Health Professions, Sheffield Hallam University|
|Julian Baker||Director, Functional Fascia|
|Dr Julie Nightingale||Professor of Diagnostic Imaging Education, Director within the School of Health Sciences, Salford University|
|Previn Kannie||Solutions Lead at Desap System Solutions|
- Benefit from updates and insights into new care models and best practice from leading academics and health experts.
- Explore our exhibition, where leading suppliers of innovative health technologies will showcase the latest products in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, radiography and much more.
- See the new technology in action, question designers and suppliers, and learn how it can solve everyday challenges.
- Connect with over 200 high quality delegates who represent all the professions in the AHP sector, problem solve shared challenges and learn from the experience of others.
- Attend a variety of informative seminars, engaging interactive presentations, and keynote panel discussions with key policy makers and frontline experts.
- Quiz experts from across government, academia and the health sector to gain exclusive insights.
The Allied Health Professionals Conference 2017 boasts a variety of outstanding speakers from across the health sector. Each one has been handpicked based on their expertise and achievements, ensuring that delegates enjoy only the highest quality presentations. A wide number of topics will be covered on the day, and delegates can expect speakers to discuss challenges, successes and best practice.
From physiotherapy apps which track patient progress, to voice recognition software which helps therapists diagnose and treat speech impediments, new technology is revolutionising the way AHPs deliver care. Other digital innovations are improving the frequency of commutation between AHPs and their patients, helping towards the wider NHS goal of involving patients more directly in their own care.
Guidance issued by the Royal College of Surgeons in October 2016 urged members to adopt a less “paternalistic approach” to care. Instead, the NHS is moving towards a more patient-centred model where individuals are offered a variety of treatment options before selecting the approach they think is best for them. This presents a real opportunity for AHPs to expand their role within the health service and offer patients a wider range of choice. Pioneering leaders within the sector are also calling for a greater role in providing frontline care with patients able to refer themselves directly to AHP lead services.
At a time when the NHS must find £22 billion in efficiency savings, many health experts believe that the UK’s 170,000 registered AHPs are a drastically underused resource. With 70% of NHS spending going towards treatment of long term conditions, the Five Year Forward View highlights the need to focus on improving public health. In June 2016, West Suffolk NHS Trust claimed that AHPs could help to dramatically cut the cost of treating these conditions. By re-shaping and developing skills within the existing workforce, AHPs could make a vital contribution towards tackling the obesity epidemic and meeting the challenges posed by an aging population with increasingly complex health needs.
The NHS Five Year Forward View also calls for greater co-operation between NHS trusts and local authorities. With their varied roles spanning health and social care, AHPs will be well positioned to help make this vision a reality by following patients across different health sectors. With moves towards a 7 day NHS, health experts believe optimising the role played by AHPs could ease the additional pressure on both GPs and hospital trusts. In June 2016, Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS, urged AHPs to “bang on the doors of finance directors” to demand that their skills are utilised to the fullest as part of the £450 million drive to improve the general health of NHS staff.
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
Kay Hack, Dean of Health Sciences, Salford University
Kay joined the University of Salford in 2001 and has held a number of leadership roles within the institution, currently the Dean of the School of Health Sciences. Kay has chaired the North West Allied Health Workforce Board since January 2016 and has been a member since 2012.
Kay qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1981 and worked in clinical physiotherapy roles developing a specialist interest and expertise in neurological rehabilitation.
Ruth Allarton, Head of Department of Allied Health Professions, Sheffield Hallam University
The five year forward plan and its potential impact on AHPs
Bang on the door
Linda Hindle, Lead Allied Health Professional and National Engagement Lead for Police and Fire Services, Public Health England
AHPs journey for recognition as an integral part of the public health workforce
Linda Hindle is the Lead Allied Health Professional for Public Health England, responsible for increasing the contribution of the 12 Allied Health Professions to improving public health across England.
Refreshments and Networking Break
Martin Vernon, Consultant Geriatrician Clinical Director, Community Adults and Specialist Services Directorate, NHS England
Ageing Well: What is NHS England doing about frailty?
Julian Baker, Director, Functional Fascia
A New Anatomy
Anatomy teaching started 300 years ago and has changed little since.
Lunch & Networking
PANEL DISCUSSION & Q&A
Andy Burman, Chief Executive, British Dietetic Association
The challenges of the NHS Five Year Forward View cannot be met without significant contribution from AHPs and dietitians
Chris Veevers, Trustee for the North West Region, College of Paramedics
How the collaboration and sharing of ideas and practices can only benefit patient care and outcome
Dr Julie Nightingale, PFHEA, PhD, MSc, DCR(R), Professor of Diagnostic Imaging Education, Director within the School of Health Sciences, Salford University
Radiography Advanced Practice: Service Improvements by Stealth
Previn Kannie, Solutions Lead at Desap System Solutions
AHPs and Smart Device Technology & Innovation
Closing Remarks from Chair
Kay Hack, Dean of Health Sciences, Salford University
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- What the move towards patient-centred care means for AHPs.
- How new technology is transforming the AHP sector and how it can improve patient outcomes.
- The role of AHPs in tackling obesity, caring for an ageing population and cutting the cost of treating long term conditions.
- How AHPs can promote their own work and push for more direct access for patients.
- How allied health professionals can help improve both public health and the general health of NHS staff.
- Using the latest technology to collect patient data and measure outcomes.