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CSP delighted by appointment of AHP to National Leadership Council

CSP press release published on 16 April 2009

The CSP has keenly welcomed the appointment of Claire Marshall as one of the core members of the new National Leadership Council

The NLC, chaired by NHS Chief Executive David Nicholson, will have 25 Core Members and 5 Patrons, focusing on bringing world-class leadership and leadership development to every level in the NHS. Claire Marshall has been selected as an Emerging NHS Leader on the NLC and will work alongside other clinicians, as well as regulators (represented by the Care Quality Commission and Monitor) and managers (represented by the NHS Confederation).
Claire, Head of Physiotherapy Services at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will bring to the NLC the benefits of Allied Health Professionals’ (AHPs) clinical leadership, and her experience of working within an acute Trust as an emerging leader.

Claire Marshall said, “I am delighted with my appointment to the NLC. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of clinical and non-clinical leadership at all levels within the NHS. I look forward to working with the other core members to create real action that makes a long term difference to the quality of NHS leadership and therefore the quality of patient care.” Jill Higgins, Director of Practice and Development at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said, “If the NHS is to truly improve people’s health and wellbeing, we need clinical leaders who look out to their communities, and who can deliver any necessary changes across systems and organisational boundaries.

“Allied Health Professionals as integrators of care and with their holistic, person-centred approach, are ideally placed to do this. AHPs have much to offer the future shape of the NHS and the CSP looks forward to working with Claire and the National Leadership Council.” Paul Hitchcock, Director of the Allied Health Professions Federation (AHPF), said, “The AHPF is very pleased to see the appointment of Claire Marshall to the National Leadership Council. For too long AHPs have been invisible as leaders in the corporate structures of the NHS even though they are seen by service users as key to their wellbeing and care. Claire will be ideally placed to help bring AHPs into the leadership spotlight.”

Notes to editors

  1. For more information, please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 6628/6616. Out of hours call Becky Darke on 07900 160349.
  2. Claire Marshall has been Head of Physiotherapy Services at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2004, and has worked in Acute Trust services for her entire career. She is a participant in the Trust’s Future Leaders Development Programme, and was awarded ‘Leader of the Year’ at the 2006 Trust Staff Awards. She recently gained a MSc Management in Health and Social Care.
  3. As part of a package of proposals to support and champion leadership in the NHS, the final report of Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Review, High Quality Care for All, stated: “We will establish an NHS Leadership Council which will be a system-wide body chaired by the NHS Chief Executive, responsible for overseeing all matters of leadership across healthcare, including the 250 leaders. It will have a particular focus on standards (including overseeing the new certification, and development of the right curricula, and assurance) and with a dedicated budget, will be able to commission development programmes."
  4. The National Leadership Council (NLC) is a sub committee of the NHS Management Board. The central purpose of the NLC is to ensure that world-class leadership talent and leadership development exists at every level of the healthcare system.
  5. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 48,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.
  6. The Allied Health Professions Federation (AHPF) provides collective leadership and representation on common issues that impact on its member professions. The purpose of the AHPF is to promote inter-professional working enabling AHPs to provide high quality care for patients and their carers across the whole of the health and social care sectors. Further details on their website:
  7. NHS referrals to physiotherapy can be gained through your GP, or you can contact your local NHS physiotherapy department, to find out how you can get an appointment. Alternatively, find a private physiotherapist near you via physio2u:


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