Bulletin Aug 2018

BAPO’s August 2018 Email Bulletin

Short Courses

Need to improve your Anatomy knowledge?

Learn by seeing rather than a dusty book then this is your unique opportunity?

BAPO in collaboration with HARC is proud to offer you the chance to attend two short courses that combine work in the anatomy lab and revision in the classroom.

 Anatomy – Upper Limb & Spinal Prosection

7th September – HARC Liverpool


Anatomy – Fresh Frozen Dissection

20th/21st November – HARC Liverpool


Also available to book now:

Orthotic Treatment of Stroke – A Biomechanical Approach to Motor Learning

20th October – Peacocks Medical, Newcastle



For more information on the above courses see the calendar

 We are planning on running 2 MSK courses, in October and November – We are looking for venues/locations.  If you haven’t attended an MSK yet and would like to, please contact us so we can determine which is the best location.


P&O Outreach Officer Recruited

Ali Woodhouse started with BAPO as part of the SIHED programme to market prosthetics and orthotics in the UK to prospective students.

Ali has visited NHS and commercial prosthetic and orthotic clinics in Scotland and London and met with the programme lead and head of school at Salford University. She is working with the other profession outreach officers and marketing company to develop a marketing campaign for P&O in the UK. See issue 3 of BAPOConnect for more details.

Case Studies Requested from Public Health England

Public Health England are looking for case studies from AHP’s who have completed a project or local initiative focused on improving population health and reducing health inequalities.

We would love to capture the great work you are doing to include as part of the AHP Public Health strategy impact report.

Contact: sammer.tang@phe.gov.uk to enquire or see his tweet for more information, including case study template.

SIHED Programme Recruit P&O Practice Placement and Apprenticeship Development Post

BAPO would like to welcome Dr Beverley Durrant in her new role at Salford University to increase the workforce capacity for P&O practice placements, aligning traditional degree level education with contemporary degree level apprenticeships. We look forward to working with you this year.

See Issue 3 BAPOConnect for the full press release.


Launch of NHS England MSK Framework

Skills for Health with Health Education England, NHS England, Public Health England and the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance ( ARMA ) have launched a new framework aimed at practitioners who will be the first point of contact for people with musculoskeletal conditions.  Please click here to view

#AHPDay 15th October

Get Involved!

Calling all P&O’s to have a look at their local Trust and see what’s happening on 15th October, 2018 and get involved. Plans are coming together at a national and local level. BAPO has committed to support this initiative and have created marketing materials for our members to promote AHP’s and P&O.

Contact the BAPO office with your local plans and see what we can do to help. 0141 561 7217


Prosthetic Service Review

NHS England is responsible for planning and buying specialised services for people who need complex disability equipment. This includes all major upper and lower limb amputees and people with congenital limb deficiencies who have a potential to use prosthesis to help them mobilise or improve upper limb function.

As part of the review into specialised prosthetics services, we held two meetings in June with staff working in prosthetics centres across the country, to understand issues with current service provision that we need to address. There was a strong consensus on the key hopes for the review – and over the next few months NHS England will be setting out what we need to do to start achieving these outcomes in the next three years.

•           All patients should have equal access to high quality care.

•           We need consistent guidelines and equitable policies that are transparently applied and monitored.

•           We need to have a payment system that fairly recompenses activity, where money follows the patient.

•           Success should be measured by outcomes and patient satisfaction, rather than activity.

We would now like to explore some of the issues that have been raised to better understand views and experiences of patients and carers, and we have set up a patient survey so that people can share their feedback with us. The survey is open until 19 September 2018. Please do share this link with other people you feel may be willing to tell us about their experience using prosthetics services. Click here for the link and survey

In addition we would be happy to discuss these questions with patient groups – so if you are holding a group over the next few months, or have ideas how we can engage with patients and carers, please do let us know by contacting the team at england.npoc-trauma@nhs.net


Launch of NICE into Action webinar series for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)

Evaluating, improving and evidencing the impact of AHP services in health, care and wellbeing is a priority for AHPs into Action (link below), so I’m delighted to share the launch of our NICE into Action webinars.

This series of four webinars from NHS Improvement, NICE and NHS England will help AHPs to:

  • understand and engage with NICE’s work
  • influence guideline development
  • take structured approaches to implementing guidelines and using quality standards
  • support greater uptake of NICE guidance to improve care and outcomes for patients and service-users.


For links and more information see the news bulletin


Workforce profile of all AHP’s across North of England

Based in the North of England? – please take 5 mins to complete the survey below

Manchester Metropolitan University are working on a project with Health Education England that will result in the development of a workforce profile of all Allied Health Professions across the North of England. This will help HEE and its partners to support effective workforce planning to address shortages in AHP and to capitalise on the opportunities the AHP workforce can bring.

As part of this study, we are conducting an online survey to capture the views of AHPs themselves. This survey poses a number of questions about different areas of your working life and experiences of working within your profession. Please help us with this important piece of research to ensure that the views of your AHP profession are heard.

The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You can access the survey by clicking here

If you would like any further information about this project, please contact Dr Sarah Crozier s.crozier@mmu.ac.uk


Multi-professional Perspectives of Assessment and Management of Paediatric Flat Foot


I am writing on behalf of my MSc Pre-Registration Podiatry students from University of Brighton. MSc Pre-Registration Podiatry Students from University of Brighton are undertaking a survey looking at multi-professional perspectives of assessment and management of paediatric flat foot.  They are looking for paediatric physiotherapists, orthotists and podiatrists to complete the survey.


It is a short survey which will take about 15 minutes to complete.  The survey is anonymous and will not involve the collection of any personal information.  The survey has been approved by the School of the Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

Click on the here to complete survey.


MSc Research Project about AHPs

Please could you complete the below survey for Christina Goulaki;

My name is Christina Goulaki. On the background of being a qualified Speech & Language Therapist, I am currently an MSc Management with Human Resource Management student at Birkbeck, University of London.

I am in the process of completing my research project. My project aims to study the ways in which Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in the NHS perceive their role in Human Resource Management – a role that entails a range of non-clinical responsibilities (e.g. recruitment, performance management) which often increase as an AHP’s career progresses within the Service.

Click here to complete the survey


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