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We are looking forward to our next regional conference in Cardiff on Friday 8th March 2024 and hope to see you there. If you’ve already booked you’ll be expecting to go to the All Nations Centre for the day, so we’re getting in touch to let you know we have changed the venue. We’ll now be holding the conference at the Future Inn Hotel which is located in beautiful Cardiff Bay, 10 minutes from the city centre and very close to Cardiff Bay train station.
We have changed the venue for a very important reason. Recently it came to our attention that the All Nations Centre made public statements supporting conversion therapy, and the views expressed are very much not in keeping with BAPO’s values. We are sharing this with you as we want to be transparent and to confirm that we did not know about this when the venue was booked, and we certainly would not have booked it had we known. On learning this information we acted at pace to cancel the booking and to seek a suitable alternative. We trust that you will understand why we have made this change which reflects BAPO’s values and the priority we give to equality, diversity and inclusion.
The Future Inn Hotel is a lovely venue and it will provide a great experience for both delegates and exhibitors. There is free car parking, not easy to find in a city, with electric car charging. The Hotel is also offering a discount rate of £86.20 to anyone attending the conference who would like to stay overnight, these spaces are limited so please contact the venue early to avoid disappointment. Please advise on the booking that you are attending the BAPO conference for the discount.
There are still some delegate spaces available so if you’ve not already booked your place you can do so here but don’t delay, our last two regional conferences both sold out and we’d hate you to miss out.
With best wishes from everyone at BAPO.
Sue Irving, Chief Executive
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Please find below the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting:
- Minutes of previous meeting, held 19 April 2023 on Zoom
- Matters arising
- Chair’s report
- Chief Executive’s report
- Treasurer’s report
- Secretary’s report and constitutional changes
- Chair Elect’s report
- Questions from the floor
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- Date of next meeting
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progress on extending prescribing responsibilities to more allied health professionals –
Briefing from the #PrescribingNow coalition – 06/02/2024
- Despite assurances given to peers during the passage of the Medicines and Medical Devices Act in 2020, there has been no substantive movement on extending independent prescribing responsibilities to dietitians, occupational therapists, orthoptists, diagnostic radiographers, and speech and language therapists.
- The Government has also undertaken no assessment of the benefits of doing so, as confirmed by a series of written questions by MPs during 2023, most recently in October 2023.
- In February 2023, the British Dietetic Association, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the British and Irish Orthoptic Society, the Society of Radiographers, and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, launched the #PrescribingNow campaign. The coalition has since been joined by the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists and the College of Operating Department Practitioners.
- Coalition letters to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in February 2023 and September 2023 remain unanswered. So do letters from individual organisations.
- In December 2023, the House of Lords Integration of Primary and Community Care Committee recommended, ‘More community disciplines should be given independent prescribing and referral rights, going further than the recently announced plans from the government for pharmacists’.
- The coalition welcomes this recommendation. It is now time for the Government to act on it and finally start the moves to extending independent prescribing responsibilities to dietitians, occupational therapists, orthoptists, diagnostic radiographers, speech and language therapists, prosthetists and orthotists, and operating department practitioners, in the interests of our patients, other healthcare professionals, the wider health and care system, and the public purse.
Assurances to peers during the passages of the Medicines and Medical Devices Act in 2020
Responding to Baroness Thorton’s amendment on 11 November 2020, Baroness Penn said:
- I know that a number of NHS professional groups are keen to see their members taking on responsibility for supplying or prescribing medicines. We have recently seen papers put forward by the British Dietetic Association, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the British and Irish Orthoptic Society, the Society of Radiographers and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. I am very grateful to the professional groups for the careful consideration that they have given to these issues.
- I reassure noble Lords that NHSE/I [NHS England] already has extensive joint working and engagement under way with these and other professional groups to consider whether any other changes would help keep patients safe and well. This will build on the historic work with various professional bodies and the devolved Administrations, over the last few years, which resulted in a number of changes, including allowing paramedics and therapeutic radiographers to be independent prescribers. As well as this, a wider scoping project is being led by NHS England and NHS Improvement, with the devolved Administrations and professional bodies, on the current and potential future use of medicines supply, administration and prescribing mechanisms by a range of non-medical healthcare professionals.
In a follow-up letter to peers dated 24 November 2020, Lord Bethell commented:
- The noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham emphasised how some allied health professionals are keen to take on prescribing responsibilities to better support their patients and increase capacity in their home trusts. I know this is a heartfelt desire and I am keen to work with NHSE&I to ensure we can support these moves where it is safe and appropriate to do so.
- Significant moves have been made over the past few years enabling allied professions to take on extended roles with medicines, including enabling orthoptists and speech and language therapists to use patient group directions; diagnostic radiographers and dietitians to be supplementary prescribers; and paramedics and physiotherapists to be independent prescribers. NHSE&I is currently scoping the next phase of this programme of work and I expect it to report to me in April next year. I would not wish to pre-empt its findings because it is important that we act on evidence and prioritise the greatest benefits for patients and NHS need.
The NHSE scoping report which Lord Bethell said would be with him by April 2021 has not been published. It is not clear, therefore, what the report said about extending independent prescribing responsibilities to us. This is despite some of us submitting material to the scoping exercise.
|Issue to press the Government on What did the report say, and will the Government publish it?
#PrescribingNow campaign February 2023
- The #PrescribingNow campaign was launched in February 2023 calling for independent prescribing responsibilities to be extended to us.
- The Government has not responded to letters we sent them in February and October 2023.
- Numerous MPs have tabled written questions or written to ministers.
- The Government’s replies have been disappointing, revealing no assessment has been taken of the benefits of extending prescribing responsibilities to us, despite the 2020/21 NHSE scoping exercise.
- The Government saying we are already able to supply or administer medicines to their patients via Patient Group Directions misses the point, and ignores the arguments peers made back in 2020.
- As detailed in the campaign’s briefing, without independent prescribing responsibilities, we cannot play our full part in supporting our patients, other healthcare professionals, and the wider system.
|Issue to press the Government on When will the Government start the process of extending independent prescribing responsibilities to dietitians, occupational therapists, orthoptists, diagnostic radiographers, speech and language therapists, prosthetists and orthotists, and operating department practitioners?
House of Lords Integration of Primary and Community Care Committee report December 2023
- In December 2023, the House of Lords Integration and Community Care Committee report recommended extending prescribing responsibilities to more community disciplines:
- More community disciplines should be given independent prescribing and referral rights, going further than the recently announced plans from the government for pharmacists. The DHSC should build on this work and investigate whether other community clinicians can be given similar rights. POD and community clinicians are trained to a high level and could be given (new or enhanced) prescribing and referral rights that reduce demand on GPs as either prescribers or referrers. For example, orthoptists could monitor and prescribe glaucoma treatments. (Paragraph 168)
- The Committee’s report quoted from the #PrescribingNow coalition’s Q & A.
- We very strongly welcome and support the Committee’s recommendation.
|Issue to press the Government on Will the Government act on the Committee’s recommendation? If so, when? If not, why not?
The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists has awarded Lynne Rowley the BAPO Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award has been made to reflect Lynne’s long service, during which she made a unique and dedicated contribution to both BAPO and the profession during what were challenging times. In particular, we wish to pay tribute to her leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic.
On hearing of the award Lynne said “I am taken aback by this award and it means the world to me. You will know that the P&O profession has been a major part of my life and it’s lovely to have that recognised by such a wonderful fraternity of colleagues.
It’s been an honour and a privilege to know and work with you all…Thank you again for the nomination and the award. I feel touched and greatly appreciate it”.
An article providing further details relating to the award and the career of Lynne Rowley will appear in BAPO Connect.
After the success of our 2023 regional conferences in Scotland and South England, BAPO is excited to announce that we will hold our next regional conference in Wales on Friday 8th March 2024 at the Future Inn Cardiff Bay, Hemingway Road, Cardiff, CF10 4AU
The theme for the one-day event is People and Place: Enhancing the quality of prosthetic and orthotic services in Wales. Our programme will consist of a mix of invited speakers and free papers.
The event is targeted at P & O professionals and the wider P & O community. It is open to both BAPO members and non-members. It is a great opportunity to enhance knowledge, support continuing professional development, network with colleagues and engage with exhibitors face-to-face.
The programme will start at 11:00 am and conclude at 4:00 pm. Registration and the exhibition will start at 10:00 am. There will be a 1-hour lunch break and a 30-minute coffee break in the afternoon to allow delegates to network with colleagues and friends.
Come along to learn, collaborate, communicate and share ideas!
National Allied Health Professions (AHP) Lead Primary & Community Care | Arweinydd Proffesiynau Perthynol i Iechyd (AHP) ar gyfer Gofal Sylfaenol a Gofal yn y Gymuned
Kerrie provides professional leadership and expert strategic advice, on a national basis, relating to the role of Allied Health Professionals working across Primary and Community Care, in line with the vision of A Healthier Wales, the Strategic Programme for Primary Care and the AHP Framework in Wales – ‘Looking Forward Together’.
Her role focuses on optimising the AHPs offer and accessibility across Primary and Community Care, in order to support a preventative, pro-active whole system pathway approach to recovery and rehabilitation provision, which prioritises services at or close to home and enables citizens throughout Wales to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.
Kerrie has over 30 years of experience working across health and social care and is passionate about AHPs utilising their unique skill set to support presenting needs, delivering person-centred support within a place-based care model of care. She is a leader committed to creating a culture of compassionate care, and inspiring greater collaboration to bring positive, inclusive and productive transformation.
Summary of Presentation:
Optimising the AHPs offer and accessibility across Primary and Community Care in Wales
The AHP Framework for Wales identified AHPs need to be utilised more effectively to inspire and enable people to lead healthier lives, be more easily and directly accessible, and work at the top of their ability with visible and transformational leadership. With ‘strong primary care’ at the heart of everything that they do.
This translates into the AHP ambition in Wales, for well-integrated services, rooted in the community, with the full range of practitioner levels and prudent optimisation of AHP skill set.
Improving Quality with Digital Manufacturing
Doug Young studied at the National Centre for Training and Education in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Strathclyde University in Scotland, graduating in 2006. Since then he has worked across the UK in both the NHS and private sectors. His specialism lies in complex orthotic problem solving, lower limb biomechanics and neurological conditions. His passion for high quality orthotic treatment inevitably led him into 3D printing where he has developed extensive knowledge and experience.
Dr Nicky Eddison
BAPO Chair, Associate Professor / Consultant Orthotist
Presentation – The current status of the UK prosthetic and orthotic workforce and implications for the future
Dr Nicky Eddison received her PhD in biomechanical optimisation of ankle-foot orthoses and footwear combinations in 2018 from Staffordshire University and currently holds the position of Association Professor at the Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies at Staffordshire University. In addition, Nicky is a consultant orthotist and service manager at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. In March 2024, Nicky will take the position of Chair of BAPO.
Nicky has a portfolio of peer-reviewed publications, achieving impact within the orthotics profession both nationally and internationally and across the wider healthcare domain of Allied Health Professions. Her research interests include biomechanical optimisation, prescription footwear, gait analysis, digitalisation in healthcare, and health inequalities.
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The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO) is sponsoring the Inspirational Innovators in Prosthetics and Orthotics award in the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2024 for the second year.
The Advancing Healthcare Awards 2024 is an annual event that aims to recognise and reward projects and professionals in the healthcare science and allied health professions (AHPs) that lead innovative healthcare practices and make a real difference in patients’ lives.
AHPs, healthcare scientists, and those who work alongside them in support roles across the UK are invited to enter the Advancing Healthcare Awards to recognise excellence and partnership working across the professions.
Commenting on the sponsorship of an award at the Advancing Healthcare Awards, BAPO’s Chair, Peter Iliff, said: “BAPO is delighted to sponsor an award to recognise inspirational innovators in prosthetics and orthotics in the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2024. Prosthetics and orthotics are the smallest AHP profession, yet they make a hugely significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the population.”
The BAPO-sponsored award is open to all UK-registered prosthetists and orthotists, prosthetic and orthotic technicians, and support workers. Nominations can be made for yourself or a colleague. The prosthetics and orthotics award aims to recognise and reward the vital contribution of the workforce, and those who have inspired the prosthetics and orthotics community through innovation, leadership, clinical excellence, passion, and research excellence.
Entries can be made until 7th February 2024.
The awards will be presented at a live ceremony on 26 April 2024 at the Victoria Park Plaza in London.
There are a variety of awards that are open to AHPs and healthcare scientists including:
AWARDS OPEN TO BOTH AHPs AND HEALTHCARE SCIENTISTS
• The Welsh Government’s award for value-based care: maximising the expertise of healthcare scientists and allied health professionals to improve patient outcomes
• The award for outstanding achievement by an apprentice, support worker, or non-registered technician in an AHP or healthcare science service
• The Rising Star Award sponsored by Chamberlain Dunn
• The Award for Creative and Innovative Practice
AWARDS OPEN TO AHPS
• The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists award for Inspirational Innovators in Prosthetics and Orthotics
• The AHP Clinical Leadership award
• The Northern Ireland Government’s award for Partnering, Leading, and Shaping to improve population health
• The judges select the overall winner from the category winners.
A message from last year’s winner, Clara Bailey, Orthotist
Hi, I was the winner of the AHA British Association of Prosthetist and Orthotists (BAPO) Award for inspirational innovators last year.
Do you have a colleague that deserves to be nominated? Maybe they are working to develop new processes to improve the patient experience or are working on a project to develop a new product. They might be working with an allied profession to ultimately improve the O&P outcomes for either the patient or the orthotist or prosthetist. It may be part of their “day” job, or it may be a project that runs alongside it. They may be working as an individual or part of a team.
Nominating a colleague or team of colleagues is a great way to raise awareness of their work, as well as make them feel recognised and appreciated. This can increase their confidence in the work they do.
Receiving my award definitely contributed to me finally being brave enough to publish my book “Improving the Fit of Therapeutic Footwear” which has generated interest and feedback beyond my wildest expectations. I was a guest speaker at the BAPO conference in Farnborough and have had the chance to speak to many people about the issues relating to footwear provision, enforcing the importance of the work I have been doing. I also feel the award further substantiates me as the presenter of my CPD-accredited footwear course.
The award itself is presented at a fantastic ceremony and I was fortunate to attend and share the experience of being treated like VIP’s with my admin colleague Tracey, whose hard work behind the scenes allows me to achieve what I do. It was great to meet so many inspirational people there and to hear about what they have achieved in their services.
I would really encourage you to nominate your deserving colleague. They will be very grateful.
A study by the Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies (CBRT) at Staffordshire University has revealed a significant deficit in the number of prosthetists, orthotists and prosthetic/orthotic technicians and support workers working in the UK. The final report is formally launched on 6th November 2023.
This research, commissioned by the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO), found there are currently 631 orthotists and 295 prosthetists employed nationwide. However, an additional 142 to 477 prosthetists/orthotists are needed to meet World Health Organization standards of care.
“This workforce shortage is worrying,” said Professor Nachi Chockalingam, Director of CBRT and a senior author of the study. “With our ageing population, demand for prosthetic and orthotic services will only increase. We urgently need strategies to grow and sustain this profession.”
The study also identified a lack of qualified technicians and support workers to support prosthetist/orthotist teams, with a shortage of 1,133 to 1,803 individuals by WHO benchmarks. Significant recruitment challenges were reported by both NHS and private sector employers.
“This landmark report provides the hard evidence we need to take action,” said Dr Nicky Eddison, lead researcher. “Working with professional bodies, higher education institutions and the industry we must inspire the next generation and make prosthetics/orthotics an attractive career choice.”
The report highlighted retention issues as well, with 1 in 5 prosthetists/orthotists indicating they may leave the field in the next five years. Key factors driving attrition include lack of career progression, poor work-life balance and lack of flexibility.
Another senior author Dr Aoife Healy, added: “Prosthetist/orthotist is an incredibly skilled profession that allows for a high degree of creativity combined with cutting-edge technology to transform patients’ lives.”
Mr Peter Iliff, the Chair of the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists said, “We need to nurture these professionals so they feel valued and able to thrive throughout their careers. BAPO has pledged to implement the report’s recommendations around enhanced educational programs, expanded roles for prosthetic/orthotic technicians and support workers, and greater collaboration to sustain the workforce.”
“With commitment from all stakeholders, we can build the prosthetic/orthotic workforce needed to provide quality care to all who require it,” Professor Chockalingam said. “We look forward to partnering across the health sector to make this vision a reality.”
This year, working with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), we have jointly led eight other professional bodies to update our Principles of practice based learning
This means the principles are now co-badged by 10 AHP professional bodies to support you in creating quality and sustainable placement opportunities.
Peter Iliff, Chair of the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists, emphasized that practice-based learning poses challenges for both educators and learners. BAPO is happy to have been part of the co-production of this work
It is our aspiration that this undertaking will serve as a valuable resource, guiding the workforce toward a more diverse and enriching learning journey.