MPs call for greater skills diversity in the NHS
A cross-party group of MPs today tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament urging the government to consider a law change, to allow for greater diversity of leadership at the top of the NHS.
Proposer of the motion Norman Lamb MP (Lib Dem) said; “Not many people will be aware that in many hospitals up and down the land today, skilled professionals who are not doctors or nurses, known as Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), are effectively banned from being Executive Clinical Directors on Trust Boards. If we want more creative thinking, and the voices of physios, OTs, radiographers and many other therapists to be heard in NHS boardrooms, then we need a law change. The current rules are holding us back.”
Parmjit Dhanda, Chair of the Allied Health Professionals Federation (AHPF) said: “We’re delighted that MPs have laid this motion before the House today and recognised the importance of AHPs in senior NHS roles. It is a reminder that our health service values all of its workforce. Doctors and nurses are crucial, but diversity of skills delivers better services. This motion reminds us all of the benefits that could be gained if a wider group of skilled professionals were allowed to take up Medical and/or Nursing Director roles on Foundation Trusts. But it does require the lifting of a legal restriction by the government.”
The EDM states:
“That this House shares the view of the Allied Health Professions Federation (AHPF) that greater diversity of talent in leadership posts in hospitals can boost multi-disciplinary working, reduce pressure on emergency departments and hence improve outcomes for patients; agrees with the AHPF that the rules governing NHS Foundation Trust hospitals which limit Medical Director roles to doctors and Nursing Director roles to nurses, is outdated and excludes over 150,000 Allied Health Professionals from these leadership roles; urges the Government to remove this unnecessary restriction in law, and broaden its diversity of talent in senior roles.”
AHPs are the 3rd largest sector in the NHS. There are 158,000 AHPs working within a range of surroundings including hospitals, people’s homes, clinics, surgeries, the justice system, local authorities, private and voluntary sectors and primary, secondary and tertiary education. The Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 that established Foundation Trusts specified that Boards had to have a Medical and Nursing Directors with medical or nursing qualifications. While there may be some AHPs who are also Board Directors, historically these are often subsidiary to nursing directors, so AHPs don’t fill the most senior posts.
‘It is an established fact that throughout all sectors and industries, the most successful Boards are those with the greatest diversity. The NHS needs to do everything it can to ensure Boards access the widest talent possible and limiting the executive clinical roles to only two professions is out-dated and exclusive when we should be looking to simply recruit the very best clinicians to these senior positions.’
BAPO are pleased to support this EDM and to see it tabled in Parliament today
A working group comprising organisations from across a range of health and social care sectors has launched a set of principles for continuing professional development (CPD) and lifelong learning.
The principles are designed to guide individuals, employers and wider systems to create a culture of continuous improvement, workforce development and improve outcomes for service users. People working in the health and social care workforce operate in a changing, challenging and complex environment. Practicing safely and effectively, now and in the future is essential.
The five principles are that CPD and Lifelong Learning should;
1. be each person’s responsibility and be made possible and supported by your employer
2. benefit the service users
3. improve the quality of service delivery
4. be balanced and relevant to each person’s area of practice or employment
5. be recorded and show the effect on each person’s area of practice
Will Broughton, Director of Professional Standards for the College of Paramedics and Chair of the working group, said:
“We believe that the health and social care workforce should have the opportunity to undertake CPD activity and these five principles clearly illustrate how developing new knowledge, skills and evidence-based working will produce an effective workforce, who are well-equipped and prepared to deliver high quality services.
It is our intention to evaluate the impact of the principles next year ahead of a review in January 2021. We welcome feedback from people working across the health and social care workforce that will contribute to further versions of this document.
Thank you to all members of the working group, the organisations who hosted our meetings and for the behind the scene support that got this to finished project.”
Please follow this link to access the publication:
The Interprofessional CPD and Lifelong Learning UK Working Group is made up of: Allied Health Professions Federation Scotland, Association of Clinical Scientists, British Association of Art Therapists, British Association of Music Therapy, British and Irish Orthoptic Society, British Dietetic Association, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, College of Operating Department Practitioners, College of Paramedics, Institute of Biomedical Science, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists, The British Psychological Society, The Royal College of Midwives, The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, The Society and College of Radiographers, UNISON and Unite the union.
NIHR Academy Roadshow
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Cosmopolitan Hotel, Lower Briggate, Leeds
13.00 to 15.00
The new NIHR Fellowships and Academy & The NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre, supported by the Research Design Service is hosting information events about the new NIHR Academy and the changes to the NIHR Fellowship programme.
This session is for individuals who are planning to apply or thinking of applying for a research fellowship.
There will be presentations from the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre about the changes to the programme, and the RDS Yorkshire and the Humber about the support available for potential applicants. The session will include information about:
• Changes to the NIHR Fellowships programme,
• Launch of the NIHR Academy
• Information about the support available to applicants
• Q&A discussion.
The event will take place on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in central Leeds. Refreshments will be available from 13.00 and the session will run from 13.30 to 15.00. Please register in advance for a place here.
If you have any questions, please contact Rose Cliff email@example.com or on 0114 222 0828
Are you a Nurse, Midwife, Allied Health Professional, Pharmacist or Healthcare Scientist?
Have you completed or are about to complete a masters level degree or a PhD?
Could you be looking to undertake a PhD or a post-doctoral level fellowship?
Do you want to make a difference through undertaking high quality clinical research?
The HEE/NIHR ICA bridging scheme offers a 12 month post-doctoral programme with an individual award of up to £34,000 and up to £10,000 for the 6 month pre-doctoral programme. It is envisaged that the award will make a contribution towards salary backfill costs, training modules, travel expenses and access to high quality academic mentorship.
Awardees will be released for 50% of their contracted hours to focus on the development of their research career and work towards a successful NIHR fellowship application. The programme will provide ;-
A dedicated period within which to develop your research proposal to form the basis of an application for a HEE /NIHR ICA doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or alternative.
– An opportunity for you to assess your current levels of ‘researcher’ skills and competence allowing you to identify, plan and commence your developmental activity.
– Access to academic and clinical environments that will encourage you to develop creativity and originality in research design and delivery.
– Engagement with advanced research techniques and knowledge specific to your proposed research.
– Enhancement of your personal development of written, oral presentation and other communicative abilities required by clinical academic researchers.
– The opportunity to widen your research network links at regional, national and potentially international level.
– Development of the skills and knowledge required for you to become investigators and research leaders of the future.
In order to be eligible for the pre-doctoral level bridging scheme, individuals who work within the Integrated Clinical Academic professions must hold a Master’s level qualification (or evidence of postgraduate study at Level 7).
In order to be eligible for the post-doctoral scheme, individuals who work within the Integrated Clinical Academic professions must have completed or are about to complete a PhD and are looking to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship.
Closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 17th September and interviews will be held on Monday 15th October in Leeds.
The programme for pre doctoral will commence with a one and a half day residential workshop in Leeds mid November 2018 and the post doctoral programme will commence in January 2019.
For an application form please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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