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Ministers should exploit AHP nous

The CSP is campaigning with other allied health professionals’ (AHP) organisations to increase the voice of the professions at both national and local levels.

At a recent meeting the CSP Council agreed that urgent action was needed to ensure the AHP and physiotherapy contribution to improving patient care is not overlooked.

The society has pledged to act to counter the current lack of AHP representation within the NHS decision-making structures in England and is to campaign vigorously on the issue.

Meanwhile, the Allied Health Professions Federation (AHPF) is sending letters to ministers outlining the argument.

Ann Green, CSP vice president and AHPF chair, urged the government to address the low representation of AHPs in strategic NHS roles.

In a letter to Una O’Brien, permanent secretary at the Department of Health, she said: ‘We are increasingly concerned that without adequate representation from the AHPs within the key NHS organisations, the ability of the new NHS to deliver an integrated health and social care service and patient care will suffer.

‘In order to meet the government’s focus on improved patient outcomes, the experience that AHPs have in treating patients throughout the entire journey of care is vital to the effective planning and commissioning of services.’

To see the full AHPF letter visit: and search for ‘o’brien letter’.


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