Leeds Met appoints Karen Middleton CBE as a Visiting Professor
As Chief Allied Health Professions (AHP) Officer for NHS England (and formerly to Department of Health), Karen has provided outstanding leadership to the 86,000 AHPs working in the NHS and other sectors. Karen is a highly respected and influential leader across the healthcare sector with expertise in developing and implementing national policy and with a track record of delivering high impact changes. In February 2014, Karen will take on a new role as Chief Executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the largest of the allied health professions.
Commenting on her appointment, Karen said: "'I am delighted and honoured to accept the role of visiting professor at Leeds Metropolitan University. I have visited the university on many occasions and spent time with students and lecturers in the Faculty to understand more about the pre and post registration programmes and to appreciate the challenges and opportunities they face. I have enormous respect for Professor Ieuan Ellis in terms of his work at the University and his national work in raising the profile of the contribution allied health professionals make to delivering high quality healthcare, so I look forward to a closer collaboration in the future to the benefit of the University as a whole."
Professor Ieuan Ellis, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Pro Vice Chancellor, added: "Karen is an inspirational and transformative leader who combines strategic vision with an ability to motivate and energise others into action. I have been privileged to work with Karen on national AHP policy initiatives and I am absolutely delighted that she has agreed to the role of a visiting professor at Leeds Metropolitan University.
"The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences is committed to leading and supporting change across health and social care through education, training and research. Leadership plays a fundamental and essential element of all change and Karen's expertise and experience as a visiting professor will be of enormous benefit to our students, our academic staff and to staff in our key partner organisations."
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