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Wales’ health minister Mark Drakeford applauds the work of advanced practitioner AHPs

11 December 2013 - 12:54pm

Wales’ health minister Mark Drakeford applauded the ‘essential’ work of advanced practitioner allied health professionals (AHPs) at the Celebration of Advanced Practice in NHS Wales conference.

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Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board physiotherapist Heather McLintock addressed the event

Held in Cardiff on 9 December, the event highlighted the benefits of equipping clinicians with the clinical skills to take on roles that have traditionally been performed by doctors.

The conference heard how advanced practitioners, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nurses, are essential to delivering more efficient NHS services and reducing the length of hospital stays.

Opening the event, Mr Drakeford said: ‘Empowering frontline staff to undertake certain clinical tasks makes sense, not least for the individual who wishes to develop new skills as part of a rewarding career in health care.’

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Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board physiotherapist Sally Priest, second from left, on the panel

Adrian Broad, a physiotherapist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said the event was a ‘fantastic’ opportunity to share ideas and to see evidence about the importance of the work of advanced practitioner AHPs within healthcare.

Peter Finch, CSP chair of the Welsh Partnership Forum, attended the event. He said: ‘At a time when finances are tight it is crucial the NHS in Wales uses the skills which physiotherapists and other allied health professionals can bring to patient care and ensures the effective use of all staff within the service.’

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