A new organisation will represent over 6,000 health professionals in Northern Ireland.
The Allied Health Professions Federation Northern Ireland (AHPFNI), which was launched on 17 November, will work to a shared UK agenda with its delivery activity tailored to the unique health and social care context of Northern Ireland. Its main aim is to ensure that health, social care and education decision makers understand the unique contribution of the allied health professions. AHPFNI chair Liz Cavan, left, said: ‘Physiotherapists and other AHPs have a significant contribution to make in shaping the way that care is delivered to patients and their carers.’ She predicted that the federation would act as a catalyst, encouraging a higher standard of health and social care services across Northern Ireland. AHPs make a significant contribution to the delivery of services, said health minister Michael McGimpsey, pictured, centre. ‘I want to see your professions playing their full part in the care and support that we offer patients and their families. The creation of an AHP Federation for Northern Ireland will help to do this.’ CSP policy officer Tom Sullivan welcomed the minister’s pledge to develop an AHP strategy. ‘Its implementation will help physiotherapists develop leadership roles within the health service and ensure that physiotherapy is integral to the delivery of frontline health and social care services.’
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