Allied Health

Focus on: allied health professionals – Nuffied Trust and QualityWatch – 30 September 2014

Posted on October 1, 2014. Filed under: Allied Health, Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: , |

Focus on: allied health professionals – Nuffied Trust and QualityWatch – 30 September 2014

“This QualityWatch report, published in partnership with the Health Foundation, explores how best the quality of care delivered by allied health professionals can be measured, and presents the key findings from the available data.”

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Revalidation: The early experiences and views of responsible officers from London – The King’s Fund – 15 October 2013

Posted on October 16, 2013. Filed under: Allied Health, Medicine, Nursing, Workforce | Tags: , , |

Revalidation: The early experiences and views of responsible officers from London – The King’s Fund – 15 October 2013

“This paper summarises the results of a small research study designed to capture the experiences of and reflections on revalidation of responsible officers (ROs) in London. Fifty-three responsible officers took part in an online survey and twenty of these ROs took part in in-depth interviews.

The results provide a snapshot of what the implementation of revalidation has meant for the new ROs six months in. The paper also draws some conclusions on what is currently aiding successful implementation, which can be drawn on by ROs, doctors, boards and senior leaders across the country to prepare for the second year of revalidation.”

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Allied health workforce 2012 – AIHW – 10 September 2013

Posted on September 10, 2013. Filed under: Allied Health, Workforce | Tags: |

Allied health workforce 2012 – AIHW – 10 September 2013

“This report outlines the workforce characteristics of 11 allied health practitioners for 2011 and 2012. In 2012, more than 4 in 5 registered practitioners were actively employed in their profession (from 76.2% for psychologists to 92.3% for podiatrists). For most professions there were more women than men employed. The average working week for employed practitioners ranged from 31.8 hours for Chinese medicine practitioners to 40.5 hours for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners.”

ISSN 1446-9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-489-0; Cat. no. HWL 51; 231pp

Allied health workforce mostly women – AIHW – 10 September 2013

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The allied health professions and health promotion: a systematic literature review and narrative synthesis – NHS National Institute for Health Research – August 2011

Posted on June 13, 2013. Filed under: Allied Health, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion |

The allied health professions and health promotion: a systematic literature review and narrative synthesis – NHS National Institute for Health Research – August 2011

“Background

Over 75,000 allied health professionals (AHPs) work in the English NHS, comprising:
.arts therapists
. chiropodists/podiatrists
. dietitians
. occupational therapists
. orthoptists
. paramedics
. physiotherapists
. prosthetists/orthotists
. radiographers
. speech and language therapists

They have been encouraged to work more flexibly, and develop extended  roles across professional and organisational boundaries. This new agenda requires them to promote health and wellbeing, to educate patients, carers and other professionals, and to view every patient contact as an opportunity  for health promotion (HP). It is thought, however, that their HP potential  has been unrealised, with their role limited to working with patients to alleviate the effects of illness or disability rather than promoting health and  wellbeing in the population in general. Furthermore, relatively little is  currently known about the roles they play in public health and HP.”

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Making the most of allied health professionals – Centre for Workforce Intelligence [UK] – March 2013

Posted on March 14, 2013. Filed under: Allied Health, Workforce | Tags: , |

Making the most of allied health professionals – Centre for Workforce Intelligence [UK] – March 2013

“This thought leadership paper on the allied health professionals is an assessment of current workforce issues and potential opportunities for improvement. The paper brought together a leadership group to consider how best to organize the allied health workforce across care pathways, considering factors such as optimum skill mix, education and leadership, and complements the AHP Quality Innovation Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) toolkit.

Designed to support those who commission services and education, including local education and training boards (LETBs), the paper gives an overview of the latest thinking around AHP interventions across care pathways, the benefits they can provide to help people using AHP service and their carers, and the workforce implications of establishing AHP QIPP pathways.”

 

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Government to Establish Chief Allied Health Officer – (Australian Govt) – 13 March 2013

Posted on March 13, 2013. Filed under: Allied Health, Workforce |

Government to Establish Chief Allied Health Officer – (Australian) – 13 March 2013

“Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, today announced that the Government would establish the Commonwealth’s first Chief Allied Health Officer to support the work of thousands of important health professionals.

“Allied health professionals make up about 20 per cent of the health workforce in Australia, providing vital services to patients and the establishment of a Chief Allied Health Officer will further strengthen and support their work,” said Ms Plibersek.

“They play a key role in patient care, especially for people with chronic and complex conditions, and the services that they provide are becoming increasingly important with an ageing population.

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Integrating healthcare in an internet age – Monash University – 17 August 2012

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: Allied Health, Chronic Disease Mgmt, Health Informatics | Tags: , |

Integrating healthcare in an internet age – Monash University – 17 August 2012

“A new online service has transformed the way patients access treatment and healthcare resources in the management of chronic disease, including diabetes and asthma.

Victorian Minister for Health Mr David Davis, in conjunction with Precedence Health Care (PHC), today launched a national project, Collaborative Care Cluster Australia (CCCA), established to create new mobile and online services that transform medical healthcare.

The core initiative of the CCCA project was a new online service, known as Chronic Disease Management-Net (cdmNet), developed to enable patients, their GPs and allied healthcare professionals to manage chronic disease through sharing medical histories, test results, up-dates on patients’ conditions, send referrals and set appointment reminders.”

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Translating evidence into allied health practice: A review of the literature – Clinical Education and Training Queensland

Posted on June 1, 2012. Filed under: Allied Health, Evidence Based Practice |

Translating evidence into allied health practice: A review of the literature – Clinical Education and Training Queensland

“Executive summary
The translation of evidence into allied health practice is critical to improving health care outcomes for patients within Queensland Health facilities. It forms the final step in the process of evidence based practice and currently, there is a lack of evidence for determining the best method of translating evidence into allied health professional practice. To date, a number of different strategies to implement evidence in clinical practice have been investigated. These include the use of educational materials, educational meetings, educational outreach visits, local opinion leaders, audit and feedback, and a tailored multifaceted combination approach using the above interventions. The majority of literature to date relates to medical or nursing professional practice in community health care settings in Northern America and Europe. Overall, the effect of these educational interventions is small, with a maximum of 10% change in professional practice and less than 5% change in patient outcomes if investigated. Many studies have included a number of different intervention strategies, making it difficult to determine which component of the intervention was most effective in influencing practitioner behaviour. Modest improvements in professional practice were found when programs were specifically tailored to address identified barriers to behavioural change. There are only seven clinical trials (two in an Australian setting) to date that have investigated strategies to change allied health professional practice. These studies suggest that a multifaceted combination program can result in greater adherence to desired practice in the short term, such as increased discussion of alternative medications during pharmacy consultations and increased preventative treatments in periodontal care. Due to the limited evidence base in allied health practice to date, it is not possible to identify the most effective strategies to develop a comprehensive approach to facilitate the translation of evidence into allied health practice in Queensland Health facilities.”

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Allied Health Professionals QIPP Toolkits – NHS – 14 March 2012

Posted on March 22, 2012. Filed under: Allied Health, Diabetes, Dietetics, Neurology, Oncology, Physiotherapy |

Allied Health Professionals QIPP Toolkits – NHS – 14 March 2012

“The Strategic Health Authority AHP Leads for England have worked with NHS London who compiled the AHP QIPP Toolkits These are designed to help commissioners design services that are of high quality whilst reducing cost. The Toolkits will be launched by Karen Middleton and Jim Easton at the kings Fund in London on March 19th Clinicians and provider organisations can use the toolkits to stimulate discussion and help planning. The NHS needs to find £20 billion pounds of savings through working transformationally. These toolkits show how AHPs are a vital part of that solution. The toolkits have been designed collaboratively with all 12 Allied Health Professional Bodies who endorsed their content and have been co produced in many areas with National clinical directors.”

AHP Stroke toolkit

AHP ONS toolkit – Oral Nutritional Support

AHP Musculoskeletal (MSK) care toolkit

AHP Cancer toolkit

AHP Diabetes toolkit

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Developing the Role of the Clinical Academic Researcher in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions – Department of Health [UK] – 8 March 2012

Posted on March 13, 2012. Filed under: Allied Health, Nursing, Research |

Developing the Role of the Clinical Academic Researcher in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions – Department of Health [UK] – 8 March 2012

Media release

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Social worker supply-and-demand model [UK] – Centre for Workforce Intelligence

Posted on March 6, 2012. Filed under: Allied Health, Social Work, Workforce | Tags: |

Social worker supply-and-demand model [UK] – Centre for Workforce Intelligence

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Back to health back to life – NHS leaflet on the role that Allied Health Professionals can play in achieving high quality,sustainable and affordable health care – 2012

Posted on February 9, 2012. Filed under: Allied Health |

Back to health back to life – NHS leaflet on  the role that Allied Health Professionals can play in achieving high quality,sustainable and affordable health care – 2012

“As leaders in rehabilitation and reablement, Allied Health Professionals represent a spectrum of interventions that can help people function to the best of their ability. This leaflet is designed to provide a straight forward guide for commissioners as to the role that Allied Health Professionals can play in achieving high quality,sustainable and affordable health care.”

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Allied Health Workforce and Services – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine [US] – 8 December 2011

Posted on December 9, 2011. Filed under: Allied Health, Workforce | Tags: |

Allied Health Workforce and Services – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine [US] – 8 December 2011 

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“The demand for health care is growing as the nation ages and seeks to provide coverage for the millions of Americans who lack health insurance. At the same time, escalating costs have led to a variety of initiatives to make the delivery of health care more effective and efficient. The allied health workforce is critical to the success of these efforts. The allied health workforce includes thousands of professionals employed in many different professions with different job duties and different amounts of education and training, but there is no single definition for allied health or list of allied health occupations.

Given the importance of allied health, particularly in light of health care reform, the IOM held a workshop May 9-10, 2011, to examine the current allied health care workforce and consider how it can contribute to improving health care access, quality, and effectiveness. Among other topics, speakers at the workshop examined the following questions:

What is allied health, and who is part of that workforce?
What workforce strategies could improve access to select allied health services?
How can policy makers, state and federal government, and allied health care providers improve the regulations and structure?

This document summarizes the workshop.”

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Consultation on student fitness to practise and registration – HPC Health Professions Council [UK] – 1 November 2011

Posted on November 2, 2011. Filed under: Allied Health, Educ for Hlth Professions, Health Professions, Social Work | Tags: , , |

Consultation on student fitness to practise and registration – HPC Health Professions Council [UK] – 1 November 2011

“We are seeking the views of all of our stakeholders on the most effective way of assuring the fitness to practise of students. This includes seeking views about the voluntary registration of student social workers in England

In 2012, the General Social Care Council (GSCC) is due to be abolished and the regulation of social workers in England transferred to the HPC. The GSCC currently registers social work students. The HPC does not register students.

The Health and Social Care Bill 2011, currently before parliament, would also allow the HPC to set up voluntary registers of students studying on programmes which lead to registration. Opening a voluntary register would be subject to undertaking an assessment of the likely impact of setting up the register and holding a public consultation.

In light of the above, we are seeking the views of all of our stakeholders on the most effective way of assuring the fitness to practise of students. This includes seeking views about the voluntary registration of student social workers in England.
In the consultation we do not make any specific proposals – for example, we are not proposing that students should or should not be registered in any of the professions, including social work. However, the responses to the consultation will inform our decisions about student fitness to practise and registration, including whether:

•the HPC’s current approach to student fitness to practise should be maintained across the Register; or
•the HPC should maintain a voluntary register of social work students in England; and/or
•the HPC should establish any voluntary registers of students for some or all of the existing HPC regulated professions.”

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The eHealth readiness of Australia’s medical specialists and allied health sector – Dept of Health and Ageing – 30 May 2011

Posted on October 17, 2011. Filed under: Allied Health, Health Informatics, Health Professions, Medicine | Tags: |

The eHealth readiness of Australia’s medical specialists – Dept of Health and Ageing – 30 May 2011
ISBN: 978-1-74241-537-6   Online ISBN: 978-1-74241-538-3

The eHealth Readiness of Australia’s Allied Health Sector – Dept of Health and Ageing – 30 May 2011

ISBN: 978-1-74241-537-6   Online ISBN: 978-1-74241-538-3

These reports set out research on the use of and attitudes towards ‘eHealth’ (the combined use of electronic communication and technology in healthcare) among:

 the full range of licensed medical specialists in eight different segments–anaesthesia, diagnostics (radiology and pathology), internal medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology (including neonatology), ophthalmology and dermatology, psychiatry and surgery

the 15 major sectors of allied health practitioners prioritised by the Department – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, audiologists, chiropractors, dental allied health professionals, dietitians, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists, optometrists, osteopaths,  physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists, radiographers and sonographers, social workers and speech pathologists

The research has been framed around three ’anchor’ questions:
1. Are Australian medical specialists and allied health professionals ready to adopt and use eHealth technologies and solutions, today and in a way consistent with policy direction in the future?
2. What are the barriers impacting eHealth readiness and adoption and how can we minimise them?
3. What are the eHealth enablers and how can we apply them to drive adoption and effective usage?

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Allied Health Professions Service Improvement Project [UK Dept of Health] – Final Report – 17 May 2011

Posted on May 31, 2011. Filed under: Allied Health, Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Health Mgmt Policy Planning |

Allied Health Professions Service Improvement Project [UK Dept of Health] – Final Report – 17 May 2011

“The AHP Service Improvement Project, completed in March 2011, demonstrated how AHPs can improve clinical outcomes and patient experience through innovation in service delivery that both improve quality and increase productivity. The report summary and compendium provide details of improvements for children and and adults in the 27 participating services including engagement with patients and carers in redesign of services. The leaflet has links to to other sources including the tools used. York St John University was commissioned to undertake an evaluation and their summary report demonstrates the local clinical leadership by AHPs in responding to the QIPP challenge plus important organisational development and learning. The set of slides provides a short presentation with three examples of the improvements achieved. The Equality Analysis includes the Values and Principles for Engaging Patients and Service Users in Service Improvement and Redesign which was developed with service users and carers as part of the project.”

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Allied Health Professions Service Improvement Project – UK – 17 May 2011

Posted on May 20, 2011. Filed under: Allied Health |

Allied Health Professions Service Improvement Project – UK – 17 May 2011

“The AHP Service Improvement Project, completed in March 2011, demonstrated how AHPs can improve clinical outcomes and patient experience through innovation in service delivery that both improve quality and increase productivity.”

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Social Work Education in England 2009-10 – report released 18 January 2011

Posted on January 24, 2011. Filed under: Allied Health, Educ for Hlth Professions, Health Professions, Social Work |

Social Work Education in England 2009-10 – report released 18 January 2011

“Press release: Partnerships key to improving practice learning for social work students, says regulator
18 January 2011

The General Social Care Council (GSCC), with support from the Social Work Reform Board, is encouraging higher education institutions (HEIs) and local employers to form strong and lasting partnerships to drive up the quality of practice placements for student social workers.

The GSCC’s A Report on Social Work Education in England 2009-10, published today, has identified a number of significant trends in social work education. Notably, there has been a decline in the number of local authority placements being provided to students. In 2008-09, 44% of practice placements were provided by local authorities, compared to 48% in 2006-07. Furthermore, following the GSCC’s monitoring of social work degree courses in 2009-10, two thirds of HEIs were asked to make some additional improvements to the quality of practice placements.”

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How does teamwork support GPs and Allied Health Professionals to work together? Primary Health Care Research and Information Service – September 2010

Posted on October 5, 2010. Filed under: Allied Health, General Practice | Tags: , |

How does teamwork support GPs and Allied Health Professionals to work together? Primary Health Care Research and Information Service – September 2010

“A well coordinated health system provides a comprehensive and continuous experience for the patient, promotes teamwork between practitioners, and the coordination of service delivery organisations. Improving teamwork between General Practitioners (GPs) and Allied Health Providers (AHPs) has been an ongoing challenge for Australia due to the split responsibility for primary health care between Commonwealth and State jurisdictions leading to incompatible systems of funding and accountability. Integration of services at the regional level has been identified as a priority in Australia’s Primary Health Care Strategy. This issue of RESEARCH ROUNDup highlights Australian research and systematic reviews that have addressed the role of teamwork in system integration in primary health care.”

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Engagement exercises to seek views on possibilities for introducing independent prescribing responsibilities for physiotherapists and podiatrists – UK – Consultation paper – 3 September 2010

Posted on September 9, 2010. Filed under: Allied Health, Physiotherapy, Podiatry |

Engagement exercises to seek views on possibilities for introducing independent prescribing responsibilities for physiotherapists and podiatrists – UK – Consultation paper – 3 September 2010

Document type: Consultation paper
Author: Department of Health
Published date: 3 September 2010

“The Allied Health Professionals Prescribing and Medicines Supply Mechanisms Scoping Project recommended further work be undertaken to take forward independent prescribing by physiotherapists and podiatrists. The two engagement exercises are seeking views on the development of independent prescribing for physiotherapists and for podiatrists.

Depending on the outcome, and subject to agreement by Ministers, these views may then inform and assist the development of a formal public consultation led by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) proposing specific amendments to the relevant legislation.

Responses can be made online, by email or in writing and are welcomed from individuals, groups and organisations.

Closing date for responses is Friday 26 November 2010.”

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Indigenous Allied Health Australia IAHA – 8 July 2010

Posted on July 9, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Allied Health, Workforce |

New Peak Body to Support More Indigenous Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Occupational Therapists and Optometrists
9 July 2010

“The health of Indigenous Australians took another step forward with the launch of a new peak national body to represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals and students, the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said today.

Mr Snowdon said the Australian Government is funding the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Incorporated (IAHA), as part of its $19-million National Indigenous Health Workforce Training Package.”

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Credentialling Framework for New Zealand Health Professionals – July 2010

Posted on July 2, 2010. Filed under: Allied Health, Medicine, Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Ministry of Health 2010. The Credentialling Framework for New Zealand Health Professionals. Wellington: Ministry of Health

“Summary of publication

The Ministry of Health published the first national credentialling document in 2001. Its focus was on the credentialling of senior medical practitioners in secondary and tertiary services within a single service or facility.

This updated framework has a wider application. The credentialling process it details applies not only to medical practitioners but to all health professionals in all New Zealand health and disability services, both public and private.

ISBN numbers: 978-0-478-35939-8 (print) 978-0-478-35940-4 (online)

HP number: 5072

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Allied Health Professional (AHP) Referral to Treatment (RTT) guide – NHS – March 2010

Posted on May 6, 2010. Filed under: Allied Health, Health Informatics |

Allied Health Professional (AHP) Referral to Treatment (RTT) guide
 
letter on this

 Document type: Guidance
Author: Department of Health
Published date: 25 March 2010
 
“This guide sets out the definitions for clock starts and clock stops for NHS AHP services to enable consistent collection of NHS funded AHP RTT data. This will enable the measurement of waiting times for NHS AHP services and support service improvement to reduce waiting times and improve patient access to NHS AHP services.”

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NHS continuing healthcare practice guidance – April 2010

Posted on May 6, 2010. Filed under: Allied Health, Nursing, Patient Participation | Tags: |

NHS continuing healthcare practice guidance

Document type: Guidance
Author: Department of Health
Published date: 1 April 2010
Pages: 67

“This practice guidance supports practitioners and others with responsibilities for NHS continuing healthcare in the implementation of the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care. It provides a practical explanation of how the Framework should operate on a day-to-day basis and cites examples of good practice.”

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Revision of professional roles and quality improvement: A review of the evidence – The Health Foundation – February 2010

Posted on April 20, 2010. Filed under: Allied Health, Health Professions, Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Revision of professional roles and quality improvement: A review of the evidence – The Health Foundation – February 2010  [UK]
By Miranda Laurant, Mirjam Harmsen, Marjan Faber, Hub Wollersheim, Bonnie Sibbald and Richard Grol
Pages 122  ISBN 978-1-606461-15-7

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“About this report

Our report, Revision of professional roles and quality improvement: a review of the evidence, considers the impact of professional role revision on quality of care and outcomes. It focuses on two types of changes to professional roles:

Substitution – exchanging one type of professional for another.
Supplementation – extending the range of service provision within one health delivery system.

This report focuses on the revision of roles between doctors and:

advanced practice nurses such as nurse practitioners, specialist nurses, clinical nurses and practice nurses
physician assistants pharmacists
allied healthcare professionals such as physical therapists (referred to as physiotherapists in this review), speech and language therapists, dietitians and paramedics.

Professional role revision has a number of aims: to reduce the medical workload; to increase capacity and extend the range of services available to patients; to improve the quality of care; and/or to reduce costs.
Our report finds that there is no detrimental effect of revising or extending the roles of non-medical professionals, and in some cases there is a positive effect on the quality of patient care. Gains in service efficiency may be achieved if doctors stop providing the services that are transferred to other health professionals and instead invest their time in activities that they alone can perform. “

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Skills for Health launches core standards for Assistant Practitioners – UK – 12 November 2009

Posted on November 24, 2009. Filed under: Allied Health, Workforce | Tags: , |

News Release
For release: 12 November 2009
Skills for Health launches core standards for Assistant Practitioners
New core standards for Assistant Practitioners are published today by Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for healthcare.
The standards were developed in response to requests from employers and commissioners concerned at variation in the responsibilities, education and training of staff employed in the role.
The six standards cover the deployment and management of Assistant Practitioners, as well as their recruitment, education and training, competences and development.

Definition

“An Assistant Practitioner is a worker who competently delivers health and social care to and for people. They have a required level of knowledge and skill beyond that of the traditional healthcare assistant or support worker. The Assistant Practitioner would be able to deliver elements of health and social care and undertake clinical work in domains that have previously only been within the remit of registered professionals.  The Assistant Practitioner may
transcend professional boundaries. They are accountable to themselves, their employer, and, more importantly, the people they serve.”

Press release

The Standards

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Allied health professions prescribing and medicines supply mechanisms scoping project report – UK – 10 August 2009

Posted on August 11, 2009. Filed under: Allied Health, Pharmacy, Workforce |

Allied health professions prescribing and medicines supply mechanisms scoping project report – UK – 10 August 2009

Last modified date:      10 August 2009

“A report of an initial piece of work to determine if there is an evidence base for further work to extend prescribing and medicines supply mechanisms by allied health professions. The report makes recommendations for future phased work.”

Full text of the report

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A review of how the training of the New Zealand health workforce is planned and funded – August 2009

Posted on August 6, 2009. Filed under: Allied Health, Clinical Education, Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Workforce |

A review of how the training of the New Zealand health workforce is planned and funded: a proposal for a reconfiguration of the Clinical Training Agency
Ministerial Task Group on Postgraduate Training and Education
Date of publication (online): August 2009

Executive summary

“New Zealand has significant problems in recruiting, training and retaining adequate numbers of appropriate health and disability services workers. This is most likely to worsen.

The planning and funding of the training of the New Zealand health and disability services workforce is iterative, ad hoc and poorly coordinated.

A single agency, which has a whole of health and disability services workforce and a whole of educational continuum responsibility, is needed if New Zealand is to have an affordable and fit-for-purpose health and disability services workforce.

It is recommended that the Clinical Training Agency be substantially reconfigured so that the Agency can plan and either fund or direct the funding of the training of the New Zealand health and disability services workforce.

Disclaimer

This report was prepared for the Minister of Health. The views of the author do not necessarily represent the views or policy of the New Zealand Ministry of Health. The Ministry makes no warranty, express or implied, nor assumes any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, use or reliance on the contents of this report.”

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Health and Disability Workforce Reports – NZ Ministry of Health – August 2009

Posted on August 6, 2009. Filed under: Allied Health, Clinical Education, Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Workforce |

Health and Disability Workforce Reports – NZ Ministry of Health – August 2009

“The following five reports on the health and disability workforce all broadly agree on the need to:

* enable greater leadership for improvements in national and regional co-ordination to reduce the current duplication in workforce activities across the health and disability sector
* strengthen health and disability workforce planning that is aligned to service delivery
* balance long-term responses to workforce supply issues with the pragmatic tactics used by district health boards to meet their unique short-term workforce needs.

The Medical Training Board, the SMO Commission and the RMO Commission were asked to focus on the medical workforce, although the Medical Training Board report does make provision for the inclusion of other professions within its proposed structure. The Nursing Committee was asked to evaluate the merits of a nursing education and training board. The CTA Review group was asked to look at the wider health and disability workforce.

All five reports recommend a separate national entity to respond to the complexities of health and disability workforce training issues. The RMO Commission report also recommends the establishment of a separate single employer for RMOs.”

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Canadian Institute for Health Information Workforce Trend Reports 1 Dec 2008

Posted on March 25, 2009. Filed under: Allied Health, Medicine, Nursing, Workforce |

December 1, 2008
In a series of five new reports released today, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) provides the latest available and most comprehensive data in Canada about the supply, distribution, migration, education, demographic trends and work patterns for seven major health professions. The reports highlight changes in workforce trends over several years for physicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, as well as recent data for occupational therapists, physiotherapists and pharmacists.

Reports-  Information about:

Supply, Distribution and Migration of Canadian Physicians, 2007
Workforce Trends of Occupational Therapists in Canada, 2007
Workforce Trends of Physiotherapists in Canada, 2007
Workforce Trends of Pharmacists for Selected Provinces and Territories in Canada, 2007
Regulated Nurses: Trends, 2003 to 2007

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Work Matters: The College of Occupational Therapists’ Vocational Rehabilitation Strategy

Posted on March 25, 2009. Filed under: Allied Health | Tags: , , |

Work Matters:  The College of Occupational Therapists’ Vocational Rehabilitation Strategy

November 18, 2008 10:30AM

The College of Occupational Therapists is proud to announce the launch of its vocational rehabilitation strategy.
The publication presents the strategic goals that will steer the College and its members for the next three years, to

* Ensure service users, employees and employers have access to occupational therapy within all vocational rehabilitation services.
* Promote good practice, guidance and information so that service users and employees who wish to return to, remain in or take up work receive high quality, evidenced based occupational therapy.
* Support the continued development of an occupational therapy workforce that is fit for the future and able to meet the challenges of the Government’;s health and wellbeing policies.

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