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CSP chief says AHPs are key to Northern Ireland’s healthcare transformation

4 June 2015 - 1:49pm

Karen Middleton has called for physiotherapy and other professional bodies to be better represented at a strategic level across the health and social care system in Northern Ireland.

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Karen Middleton: physios must be at the top table

The CSP chief executive was giving evidence to a health committee hearing on 27 May about workforce planning in the context of Transforming your care, Northern Ireland’s agenda for change in health and social care.

‘AHPs are not at the top table,’ she told Northern Ireland assembly members. ‘If you look at Wales they have appointed a director for AHPs on every board, and then they have profession-specific advisers below.’

She said that the country had a systemic need to look at who is represented and where in its health and social care services. Her view was that if service planning and development only included the medical and nursing workforce, Northern Ireland would have a comparatively limited range of solutions to its problems.

‘Commissioners need to be commissioning different service models for the future,’ she said. ‘But again if you have only got one person at the department trying to make the case [for AHPs] then it’s very hard for her.’

‘It really is about how us as professional bodies can help and advise on transformation and be engaged in an integral way, not just outside as some sort of stakeholder to the regional workforce planning group.’


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