Leeds Beckett help develop public health strategy for Allied Health Professionals
Dr Sally Hayes, Head of the School of Health & Wellbeing at Leeds Beckett, was invited by the UK Council of Deans of Health to work with Public Health England (PHE) to help develop the Allied Health Professionals Federation strategy which sets out their vision for the role of allied health professionals (AHPs) in public health. The strategy is designed to help allied health professionals, as well as their professional bodies and partner organisations, to further develop their leadership in public health, share best practice with colleagues and partners, and ultimately embed preventative healthcare across all their work.
Speaking about the publication of the strategy, Dr Hayes said: “We very much welcome the publication of this strategy. As a university we are key stakeholders in promoting the role of all health professionals in Public Health.
I was invited by the UK Council of Deans of Health to represent them on the Strategy group and ran a workshop with Linda Hindle, AHP Professional Lead at PHE, at the Council of Deans meeting in October to get members’ views. The strategy is also key to the work that we do in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at Leeds Beckett around seeing public health as everybody’s business and promoting community engagement as a key vehicle in achieving this.”
The new strategy outlines the way that AHPs will work more collaboratively in the future and includes the following approach:
- AHPs will work collaboratively with other early adopters, professions and organisations to apply a systems leadership approach.
- Public health priorities will be integrated into other professional priorities such as leadership, service redesign and workforce development, not run as a separate work stream.
- The AHP contribution to public health will align to the current national strategic approach and agendas, as well as addressing the local context within which AHPs work.
To download the full strategy click here.