AHPs and the General Election 2015

As the election approaches, the twelve member organisations that make up the AHPF have worked together to develop some manifesto asks which are designed to ensure the best possible outcome for those people who benefit from the care and support of one or more of the allied health professions. The asks also maximise the unique contribution our professions make to integration, prevention and early intervention.

The AHPF represents more than 173,000 registered members and are the third biggest section of the healthcare workforce. We play a crucial role in promoting good health and wellbeing, preventing illness and supporting recovery and rehabilitation.

The manifesto asks are as follows:

  • Recognising the contribution and value of the whole workforce in supporting patients by maintaining the number of AHPs trained, based on full, robust data from all providers – not just the NHS.
  •  Acknowledging the important role of AHPs and ensuring that all policies, speeches and documents reference AHPs.
  • Ensuring health and wellbeing boards have access to expertise and advice from AHPs through AHP representation on the board and securing AHPs’ expertise in local health networks.
  • Opening up senior trust director posts to AHPs so that their unique insight can inform the integration of health and care around the needs of the patient.

The asks are constructive solutions, cost neutral and are supported by evidence and case studies.


For further information please contact:

Derek Munn
Director of Policy and Public Affairs
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Telephone: 0207 378 3015
Email: derek.munn@rcslt.org

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