These days, jobs and skills boundaries in health and social care are becoming more fluid as systems and services move to focus on patients rather than organisations.
But too often old mindsets and old fiefdoms still create obstacles, and raise eyebrows among allied health professionals. A social enterprise company that provides NHS community health services in the Midlands, is looking for a ‘director of clinical services – nursing and AHPs’.
Suzanne Rastrick, the chief allied health professions officer at NHS England, tweeted that she was less than pleased to find that ‘only NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Commission) registrants eligible when the JD (job description) and personal spec would ideally suit an experienced AHP’.
CSP chief executive Karen Middleton tweeted that interested physios should speak to the organisation. ‘I always apply – I managed to get two such posts changed when they realised they could not even shortlist me. AHPs get applying. Outrage
into outcome, people.’ Physio Jim Fahie tweeted that he has been in touch with the advertisers questioning the job spec and asking for the ad to be reworded.
Questioning such, presumably unintended, discrimination does work. Physio Felicity Begley complained about a job application form that asked for her NMC number. She tweeted: ‘I challenged this … and it was changed so there wasn’t this filter question so AHPs could apply’. All power to the challengers.
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