Honours gong for physiotherapist for services to healthcare

Health Education England’s allied health professions lead, Professor Beverley Harden, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list for services to healthcare.

Beverley Harden
Beverley Harden MBE

As a physiotherapist, she worked as an expert clinician in critical care and with patients with chronic respiratory failure requiring home ventilation and rehabilitation to optimise person centred quality of life outcomes.

Beverley sat on CSP Council, the CSP governance review team and helped the society establish safe and effective national on call standards and guidance.

As well as being HEE's AHP lead, she is the deputy chief allied health professions officer for NHS England.

Since 2018 Beverley has led HEE’s work across England to enable employers to realise the full workforce potential of the 15 allied health professions, secure and grow the future workforce and develop the skilled allied health support, assistant practitioner and technician workforce.

Advanced practice

She also leads the national multi-professional advancing practice programme, establishing the Centre for Advancing Practice to bring together clinical and education experts from across professions to develop educational and career pathways for enhanced, advanced and consultant level practice. This is enabling more highly skilled staff to pursue clinical career opportunities as advanced and consultant practitioners.

With extensive senior NHS leadership experience, Beverley has managed a variety of large multi-professional healthcare services and led trust education services. She has led complex service and workforce transformation across systems and as part of the national NHS England new models of care team.

Workforce capability

As a visiting professor at the University of Winchester, Beverley continues her research activity and is committed to the development of education and training to optimise workforce capability across the workforce. Outside of the NHS she is a board trustee for Carers UK and, as a carer herself, is a passionate advocate for informal carers across the UK.

Beverley said: 'This honour recognises the strength and value of the shared purpose we have generated together, across the country, to ensure everyone has the chance to realise their full potential within our health and care workforce.

Reaction on Twitter

Karen Middleton @KMiddletonCSP

'I’ve noted the diversity of those who have congratulated you @BeverleyHarden So many sectors, so many different orgs, so many different professions & so many different expertises. This says something about you & your reach & your way of working! An inspiration to us all!!

Gwyn Grout @gbg1954

@BeverleyHarden - totally delighted to hear your wholly deserved news you wonderful being. 
As well as the AHP world, the Advanced Practice agenda would not be where it is without your leadership.

Linda Hindle OBE @HindleLinda

Well done Wonder Woman. I can’t think of anyone who deserves this more than you. Your energy, passion and kindness have a positive impact on so many people 

mc wadley @mcwadleyphysio
couldn’t think of a more deserving “wonderful human” congratulations my sensei so pleased 

Beverley Harden FCSP @BeverleyHarden

I am truly thrilled to have received this honour, thank you so much. Thank you for everyone’s kind & joyful multi media messages. I so value the privilege of working in partnership with so many incredible people & organisations across the country.

'The privilege of working across professions, across sectors and across the whole career spectrum has enabled workforce solutions that liberate both the unique and the shared skills of our professions to the benefit of the people and the populations we serve.

'I am so grateful to the hundreds and hundreds of valued colleagues who give of their time and share their skills and passion to develop the work, ensure that the voice of people who access services or who are our learners are front and centre and who value and drive diversity and inclusion within our work. Thank you.'

About Health Education England

HEE has five national functions:

•    providing national leadership on planning and developing the healthcare and public health workforce
•    promoting high quality education and training that is responsive to the changing needs of patients and local communities, including responsibility for ensuring the effective delivery of important national functions such as medical trainee recruitment
•    ensuring security of supply of the health and public health workforce
•    appointing and supporting the development of LETBs
•    allocating and accounting for NHS education and training resources and the outcomes achieved.

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