National Apprenticeship Week takes place between 4 and 8 March and this year is themed around ‘blaze a trail’ for more information and to read more: https://www.nhsemployers.org/news/2019/02/get-ready-for-national-apprenticeship-week
Archives for February 2019
BAPO is pleased to announce that all abstracts accepted for conference 2019 will be eligible for publication in the Canadian Prosthetics & Orthotics Journal (CPOJ). CPOJ is an international peer-reviewed open-access journal established in Ottawa, Canada in 2017. CPOJ also recently published conference abstracts from the American Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) 2018 National Assembly. The journal homepage and AOPA abstracts can be accessed at the links below.
CPOJ homepage: https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/cpoj/index
AOPA abstracts: https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/cpoj/issue/view/2097
A brand new online careers resource has just been launched by Health Education England. It aims to raise awareness of the many opportunities for progression that are available to allied health professionals, including Prosthetists and Orthotists
A Universe of Opportunities for Your AHP Career is available on the e-Learning for Healthcare website and focuses on the range of development opportunities open to AHPs, covering eight potential areas for career progression. Clinical, management/leadership, research, education, digital transformation, entrepreneurship, public health and fellowships. For each of the eight areas, the resource includes an overview of the opportunities with useful resources and links, alongside a series of talking heads from across the AHP professions.
Many AHPs including Prosthetists/Orthotists taking all sorts of different careers paths appear in video and share what they have achieved and the barriers they have overcome
We are all working hard on being ‘apprenticeship ready’ For more information and handy hint guides look below:
Are you an NHS employer interested in apprenticeships, Click on the link for more information: https://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/plan/workforce-supply/apprenticeships
What is a degree apprenticeship? Click here to find out: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/developing-new-apprenticeships/resources/degree-apprenticeships-programme-structure/
Click here to access the P&O Apprenticeship Standard: https://haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2018.05.11-Prosthetist-and-Orthotist-Standard-FINAL.pdf
To learn more about the LEVY, click here: https://haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/funding/#levy
An Employer Guide to Apprenticeships – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/740254/Employer_guide_to_apprenticeships.pdf
New Orthotics Quality Improvement Collaborative Launched Today
Following our continued campaigning and pressure from within the Orthotics profession, today saw the launch of the Orthotics Improvement Collaborative. This is a 14-month project funded by NHS England and delivered by NHS Improvement. The project aims to improve the experience and outcomes of service users. A project team has been set up with the following people in the core group:
|Joanne Fillingham||Joint Chair, Project Co-Sponsor||NHS Improvement|
|Neil Churchill||Project Co-Sponsor and Subject matter expert: patient experience||NHS England|
|Caroline Poole||Joint Chair, Senior Responsible Officer||NHS Improvement|
|Rebecca Loo||Subject matter expert: Co-production||The Orthotics Campaign|
|Claire Marshall||Subject matter expert: patient experience||NHS England|
|Matt Frederick||Subject matter expert: operational delivery||Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust|
|TO BE IDENTIFIED||Commissioning Adviser||TO BE IDENTIFIED|
|Richard Wilson||Subject matter expert: Data||NHS Improvement|
|Marie Couturier||Data Adviser||South, Central & West Commissioning Support Unit|
|Stephanie Gates||Project Support Officer||NHS Improvement|
|Nina Pearson||Project Support Officer||NHS Improvement|
This project will see NHS Orthotics Services invited to participate the project, which is supported by a series of improvement events to empower service providers with improvement and development tools. Clinical teams shall gather simple data about their service, identify areas for improvement and make plans to address them using the tools taught by NHS Improvement. This is a great opportunity for service leads and clinicians to drive forward their ambitions for quality, boost their CVs and raise the profile of their services to their Trusts. Information and invitations shall be cascaded to services via NOMaG. There are limited places on the collaborative so get in early for this fabulous career opportunity.
You can search Twitter for the Hashtag #QualityOrthotics to follow and contribute to the unfolding conversation.
CAHPR Public Health Research Awards 2019 – now open
2019 will be the fifth year CAHPR has run the awards. We are delighted to welcome involvement this year from AHPs4PH. In 2019, systematic reviews will be eligible for entry for the first time.
Three prizes will be awarded. Winners each receive the opportunity to showcase their poster at the Public Health England conference in September 2019 and £500 towards associated expenses.
The deadline for awards is 29 April 2019.
For further information and to apply, visit the Public Health Research Awards page for details. Information and guidance on how to enter is on the CAHPR website at: https://cahpr.csp.org.uk/content/cahpr-public-health-research-awards. The deadline for entries is 29 April 2019.
NHS Improvement has today published Clinical leadership – a framework for action, endorsed by the Allied Health Professions Federation. The framework looks at approaches organisations can take to encourage and enable more clinicians from all disciplines to pursue senior strategic leadership positions.
This document has been developed by a cross-directorate project team within NHS Improvement, as part of a wider programme of work following recommendations from the Government’s report: Barriers and enablers for clinicians moving into senior leadership roles: review report to the SoS for H&SC.
The guide includes 3 examples of AHPs in strategic senior roles – including Rachel McKeown (@Rachel66Mckeown), Clare Boobyer-Jones (@ClareBoobyerMPH) and Shane DeGaris (@Shanedegaris), including their associated case studies. There are only 11 case examples in the whole document, so AHPs have a very high profile within this national document. The guide and framework also reaffirms the recommendation from the June 2018 document, ‘AHP Leadership in Trusts in England: What exists and what matters’, which asked Trust boards to consider appointing a senior strategic AHP lead.
The key messages:
• The NHS Long Term Plan highlights the importance of visible senior clinical leadership in enabling and assuring the delivery of high quality care both within organisations and in the new system architecture.
• Allied health professionals, doctors, midwives, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, healthcare scientists and social workers can all potentially contribute to strategic leadership but we need to look at career structures and expectations that may currently stand in their way.
• The framework has been developed through discussions with clinicians exploring some of the barriers and enablers they identify when moving into senior leadership positions.
• We want organisations to do more to actively involve clinicians in their leadership groups.
• Evidence suggests that professionally diverse teams are better equipped to meet the complex challenges facing the NHS.
• NHS Improvement’s ‘Clinical leadership – a framework for action’ highlights approaches organisations can take to encourage clinicians from all disciplines to pursue senior leadership positions. The framework is accompanied by a range of case studies in which clinicians from a range of disciplines share their own experience of the journey to senior leadership roles. As you will see, the guide includes three specific AHP case studies.