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CSP campaigns to increase voice of AHPs

26 June 2012 - 4:37pm

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

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Ann Green: 'Without adequate representation from AHPs, patient care will suffer'

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

 
As a result the society has pledged to act, on members’ behalf, to counter the current lack of AHP representation within the NHS decision-making structures in England.
 
Letters from the Allied Health Professions Federation (AHPF) are being sent to ministers and the CSP is to campaign vigorously on the issue.
 
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.’

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