A conference ‘Allied Health Professionals (AHP) in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Working Together’ was held at Doncaster Royal Infirmary on 16 November, featuring a range of speakers from local acute and mental health trusts , commissioners in the area, as well as key speakers from NHS Improvement, NHS England and Sheffield Hallam University.
The day was attended by a wide-range of delegates including: clinicians, managers and other representatives from health providers, social care, commissioning, higher education, as well as Allied Health Professional bodies. There was opportunity to hear about the evolving Accountable Care System, related commissioning intentions as well as the national AHP strategy and high impact themes alongside developments within the wider NHS.
An interactive event, a number of speakers, including Sir Andrew Cash (STH), Richard Parker (DBTH), Jackie Pederson (DCCG) and Suzanne Rastrick (NHSE) hosted a panel, with the audience invited to ask questions.
With opportunities to share best practice, a number of AHPs across different organisations presented posters to highlight innovative work across the region, encouraging and empowering partnering trusts and providers to adopt similar practice. Prizes for poster winners were presented by Rosalind Campbell from NHSI.
Throughout the day speakers and delegates were encouraged to share their individual pledges of how they were going to support AHPs to maximise their roles in delivering the best possible care for patients across the ACS areas.
To finish the day Sarah Cooper, Clinical Strategy and Transformation Lead at Rotherham NHSFT shared feedback received throughout the day on how delegates wanted to progress a South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Accountable Care System (ACS) Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Strategy. The interactive session began to develop how a collective AHP workforce intended to work together with a common purpose to ensure staff are best utilised, developed and enabled to meet both ACS and local ‘Place’ level patient and population needs. Delegates were encouraged to continue to be involved in development of the strategy which is planned to be launched in April 2018.
It was a highly motivating day with excellent feedback from delegates who were keen to attend similar events in the future.
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