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With the first ever Prosthetists and Orthotists (P&O) Day only days away the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO) is reminding prosthetists and orthotists to support the awareness day in their own services and organisations.
Taking place on the 8th September 2021, the awareness day aims to raise the profile of the two disciplines primarily with other health and care professionals. The day will provide the opportunity for prosthetists and orthotists to celebrate the profession and the benefit these roles have for patients accessing the services.
A suite of case studies is being prepared, based on information shared from prosthetists and orthotists across the country, to demonstrate the role the profession play in promoting patient wellbeing, health and rehabilitation.
There is also a P&O Day toolkit which includes various assets – social media content, website banners, posters etc – for BAPO members to use throughout their organisations and networks to raise the profile of the awareness day. The toolkit can be accessed here.
If you have got a case study or success story to share about the P&O profession, please complete the template which can be found on the P&O Day page on the BAPO website and return it by 31 August 2021
The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO) is the professional body for Prosthetists and Orthotists in the UK. Prosthetist/orthotist is a regulated profession under the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and undertake qualification via an established BSC(hons) or by emerging routes to practice.
We have been identified as an ‘at risk’ profession and require to increase our number of graduates to meet the NHS service requirements. Our training places are limited by the number of available practice placements in the UK. Our 2 established training schools at the University of Salford and Strathclyde University have increased the their intake of undergraduates in the last 12 months. The new apprenticeship programme at Derby University alongside the Masters level entry course at Keele University will increase training numbers by a minimum of 20 extra students a year. With the first co-horts expected in January 2022, increasing placement capacity as well as improving the quality and support for the placement educators has become imperative.
This 12 month project is funded by the Health Education England (HEE) within the clinical placement expansion programme of work launched 2020. This is a funded programme of activities to support all allied health professions expand and improve practice placements.
This project will deliver a package of measures to increase practice educator numbers and placements for P&O students in the UK with a legacy that will be self sustaining going forward into 2021 and beyond.
- Map existing placement centres
- Standardise education and create resources to support practice educator training in the UK for Prosthetist/orthotists.
Identify and address barriers to placements
- Demonstrate the value of students contribution to a centre
- Challenge current placement models and offer alternative models
- Improve placement experience for students by adopting supervision models and providing peer support for students.
- Improve placement experience for educators by creating streamline, standardised process and peer support
- Expand opportunities to attend specialist clinics by collaborating across localities
- Increase numbers of practice educators across UK.
- Create a practice educator network for P&O across the UK to become self sustainable into the future
To achieve this we have engaged with all of the universities (existing and prospective) running our training programmes in the UK and would like your help as placement educators to join us in this project and achieve our goals.
We are running several listening events and you can join these sessions on the links below:
Nick Gallogly Practice Placement Co-ordinator
The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO) is delighted to announce our inaugural ‘Prosthetists and Orthotists Day’ on 8 September 2021.
The awareness day aims to raise the profile of the two roles with both health and care professionals and the general public. The day will provide the opportunity for Prosthetists and Orthotists to celebrate their profession and the benefit these roles have for those patients who access the services they provide.
The P&O Day 2021 working group is developing a series of case studies to demonstrate the role Prosthetists and Orthotists play in promoting patient wellbeing, health and rehabilitation. The team will also be creating a P&O Day toolkit which will include various assets for BAPO members to share on their social media platforms and throughout their organisations and networks.
Nicky Eddison, Chair of BAPO’s Professional Affairs Committee said: “It’s incredibly important to shine a light on the great work Prosthetists and Orthotists do every day, highlight the positive impact we have on our service users and to take the time to celebrate our profession. I hope the new national P&O Day will raise the profile of our professions, highlight the difference we make to people’s lives and help our wider colleagues gain a better understanding of the work we do and our unique skill set.”
Please add the date – 8 September 2021 – to your diary and share the details of the awareness day with your Trust. Also, if you have a case study or success story to share about you or your team’s role as a P&O professional, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chief Allied Health Professions Officer awards are a unique opportunity for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), either nominated by their peers or by themselves, to receive recognition for their personal contributions towards delivery of exceptional care for patients.
For More information or nomination criteria see NHS Englands website
The Current Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) strategy ‘AHPs into Action is coming to an end in 2022 and so our CAHPO (Chief Allied Health Professionals Officer) is now starting a consultation period for its successor.
The aim is for the content to be crowed sourced from both professionals and ‘citizens’ and will be split into 3 sections to allow views to be sourced from all parties
The first group ‘citizen’s’ can register now to have there say at the AHPListens website please share this link amongst colleagues, patients, family and friends.
Prosthetists and Orthotists can also sign up to the first national conversation in their capacity as citizens who also use health care services but the second conversation in may will be aimed at capturing your views as a professional
For more information see the attached covering letter from the campaign: