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A united approach

All nine allied health professional bodies in Scotland came together to host a reception at this year’s Scottish National Party conference in Perth in October.

The CSP in Scotland organised the event, held on the first night of the four-day conference, in collaboration with the Allied Health Professions Forum. More than 60 delegates attended.

Nicola Sturgeon, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing in Scotland, met representatives from the professions at their stalls and gave an address praising the contribution of AHPs.

She said there was potential to develop AHP roles to improve services and provide more local and responsive healthcare.

Ms Sturgeon also said again that she thinks APHs represent the future of healthcare and that while there were challenges ahead, such as the employment of physio graduates, she wished to work alongside the professions to shape health policy in Scotland.

Kathleen Henderson, convenor of the AHP Forum Scotland, also spoke at the reception.

Kenryck Lloyd-Jones, CSP policy officer for Scotland, said the ‘landmark event’ demonstrated that the allied health professions could unite under the AHP Forum in Scotland to raise their profile and gain recognition for their work.

He said: ‘The evening was a great success and the encouraging words of the health secretary demonstrate the value of proactively engaging in the policy agenda.’

• Kenryck Lloyd-Jones has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. The recognition is given to those ‘whose achievements set them apart’. The board of trustees invited Mr Lloyd-Jones to stand because of his work ‘to promote high quality, innovative patient care’. 

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