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Happy birthday: reviewing progress on the AHP’s role in improving public health

Last week was AHPs4PHO's first anniversary. Anna Lowe looks at what the community has achieved

This time last year, I posted a blog about physiotherapy and public health. At that time, I was involved in developing AHPs4PH: a community of practice for allied health professionals (AHPs) with an interest in public health. This provides a space for AHPs to keep up-to-date with public health developments, share ideas, highlight good practice, develop their networks and get peer support.


AHPs4PH was created to support the implementation of theFive Year Forward View and, more recently, AHPs into Action.


AHPs4PH has gone from strength to strength and now has more than 2,000 members across the professional groups. We recently launched a programme of public health advocates, which, with NHS Improvement, supports a cohort of 12 AHPs to lead public health innovation and drive through change in their area of practice.


Last week the AHPs4PH team was at the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer's conference in London, flying the flag for the role of physiotherapists and other AHPs in public health. Follow what happened on Twitter #CAHPO17.


To mark our first birthday we created a short animation, which Suzanne Rastrick launched at #CAHPO17. This summarises who we are, and what we, as a community, are striving to achieve. I hope you enjoy it and challenge you not to tap your feet! See https://youtu.be/IHh3cwQSUh8


You can become an AHPs4PH member by joining our Facebook group



Anna Lowe is a senior lecturer in physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University. Follow her on Twitter @annalowephysio

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26 June 2017
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