The AHP Council have released a letter of support and guidance for AHPs at this time, Here is the letter from Chief AHP Suzanne Rastrick and to view the letter please click below
“Dear Chief AHPs,
Please find attached a letter giving guidance and support to Allied Health Professions (AHPs) and AHPs support workers during this unprecedented time. The letter, written collaboratively by the four nations Chief AHP Officers, Council of Deans of Health, Health and Care Professions Council, General Osteopathic Council and the AHP Federation, recognises the need for flexibility in the delivery of services and that this requires a rational approach to the varying practice in such an emergency situation. The expectation of employers, educationalists, professional bodies, and national NHS organisations will be that they are flexible in their approach and that healthcare professional regulators, including the HCPC and GOsC, have already committed to take into account factors relevant to the environment in which the professional is working.
This can be stressful, and we recognise that you may have concerns about both the professional practicalities and implications of working in such circumstances as well as the physical and emotional wellbeing of the workforce. Our advice for clinicians on coronavirus can be found here https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/
Thank you to the many AHPs and their support staff across the NHS, wider health and care systems, and public health services who have already made major contributions to the response to COVID-19. We are very proud of the response of the professions in all areas of practice in their initial response to this challenge. We are confident of the commitment, dedication, professionalism and hard work that the AHPs workforce have and will continue to have over the course of this significant pandemic.
Please share this with the AHP workforce across the systems in which you work.”
Suzanne Rastrick OBE Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (England)