On the evening of Tuesday 19th of June, we partnered with NHS England, as the awards sponsor for the 2018 Allied Health Professions Officer Awards.
Our team joined Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer at NHS England alongside other Allied Health Professionals to celebrate the outstanding contributions made by allied health professionals (AHPs) to improving health, care and wellbeing for patients and communities.
The nominees were recognised for their dedication, innovation and leadership in practice, in the impressive library of the Royal College of Physicians.
The ceremony began with an opening remark from Sir Malcolm Grant CBE, Chair of NHS England who summarised the awards with three important points:
- We want to be recognised
- We want permission to innovate
- We want to lift the competency
He emphasised the importance of fully integrated systems and integrated health care in supporting the development of Allied Health Professionals across NHS England as well as the need to embrace a huge variety of change and confidence to adopt innovation and creativity.
We extend our congratulations to all the nominees. The winners of the 2018 Awards are:
AHP Quality Improvement - in partnership with NHS Improvement Award
Winner: Marc Berry, Physiotherapist, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Early Doors: Can emergency care therapies help to prevent avoidable admissions in the emergency department?
AHP Digital Practice - in partnership with NHS Digital Award
Winner: Marianne Williams, Specialist Gastroenterology Community Dietician, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: Irritable bowel syndrome pathway: adding dietetic-led patient-focused webinars to the IBS pathway in order to further improve IBS self-mangement in Somerset.
AHP Support Worker - in partnership with Public Health England Award
Winner: Alison Marshall, AHP Assistant, and Cathy Young, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Sound staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: A reading for wellbeing therapy group.
AHP Leader - in partnership with Health Education England
Winner: Chloe Adams, Community Gastroenterology Dietician, Birmingham Community Nutrition, Birmingham Community NHS Trust: Dietician led community gastroenterology service.
The evening concluded with an inspirational performance by the NHS Choir.
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