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CSP Scotland lobbies for AHP role in new health agenda

1 February 2013 - 3:45pm

The CSP in Scotland met the Scottish health minister and other MSPs in January in a bid to highlight the key role of allied health professionals in delivering integrated care.

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Scottish cabinet secretary for health Alex Neil - photo: Scottish government

New legislation to integrate health and social care is set to be introduced and the Scottish government consulted on it plans towards the end of 2012.

CSP policy officer for Scotland Kenryck Lloyd-Jones joined other allied health professions (AHPs) representatives in meeting Alex Neil, Scottish cabinet secretary for health.

The delegation from the Allied Health Professions Federation Scotland used the meeting to lobby for their place within the integration agenda.

Mr Lloyd-Jones said the minister had welcomed the involvement of AHPs in the integration process and was now set to publish its response to the recent consultation.

In a separate meeting, policy officers from CSP, British Dietetic Association, College of Occupational Therapists and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists met Scottish National Party MSPs to discuss the same issue.

MSPs Bob Doris, Aileen McLeod, Gil Paterson, Mark MacDonald and Stuart McMillan ‘all recognised the crucial role played by AHPs and their potential in driving forward the integration agenda for health and social care,’ Mr Lloyd-Jones said.

‘Better integration of health and social care is crucial for future services. While we await the introduction of the final bill, we have started early in getting across some of our key messages to decision makers.’

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