Cumbria Launches New Allied Health Professional Strategy
Patient care is being improved thanks to allied health professionals in North Cumbria
Helen McGahon, Head of Physiotherapy at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust and Chair of the West North East Cumbria AHP Leads said: “This is something that we are really proud of especially as it was developed in partnership with not just nine different allied health professions but also with the voluntary sector and patient representatives.” She continued to explain, “This strategy will help raise the profile and the importance of allied health professionals in every aspect of our patients’ health and wellbeing and has put North Cumbria on the map.”
The strategy, which sets out shared agreements between organisations, has also resulted in the success of other initiatives such as Home First; this saw more than 600 patients receive help and support from home as opposed to being admitted to the Cumberland Infirmary from the Accident and Emergency department.
Chief Allied Health Professions Officer from NHS England, Suzanne Rastrick, is heavily involved with the ‘AHPs into Action’ (the national AHP strategy) and praised Cumbria: “I have a massive respect for what is being done and the work of AHPs in Cumbria. In terms of the work I do all over the country, Cumbria is quite inspirational. I’m holding you up as a shining example of what can be achieved.”
First launched in January 2017, ‘AHPs into Action’ is designed to encourage a joined-up approach to working across care organisations and assist the delivery of the Five Year Forward View.