AHPs advance into the limelight

Physiotherapy staff are being invited to enter a prestigious awards programme.

The 2013 Advancing Healthcare Awards recognise the often-unsung achievements of allied health professionals (AHPs) and health scientists from across the UK.

Natalie Beswetherick, CSP director of practice and development, encouraged members to put their services forward.

‘We know that there are numerous examples of excellence in healthcare and collaboration amongst allied health professionals in delivery of patient care,’ she said.

Now in their seventh year, the awards have nine categories.

With a particular focus on patient engagement entrants to all categories are asked to show how they have invited patient feedback and measured the impact on patient care.

A new award sponsored by the Patients’ Association is for outstanding achievement by an AHP or healthcare science support worker or technician.

Another addition is the Rising Star award which is for people who ‘stand out from the crowd’.

Other categories reward leadership, improvements to the patient-care pathway, learning and development, and transformation of services.

At least one team member in any application must be an AHP or health scientist. Among other criteria, the judges will be looking for entries that show value for money and sustainability.  

In three of the categories, the winners will receive a cash prize that can be used for personal or professional development.

The closing date is 15 February and the winners’ achievements will be celebrated at an awards lunch in London on 19 April.

The awards are organised by events and marketing specialists Chamberlain Dunn.

For more information,visit: www.ahpandhsawards.co.uk

Gary Henson

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