Hazel Winning is an Occupational Therapist who now works at the Department of Health as their Allied Health Professions (AHP) Lead. Allied Health Professions cover a wide range of treatments, therapies and services. Hazel explains why your contribution is essential as the Department of Health draws up plans to ensure there are enough staff to deliver Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy services for patients and clients.
“We’re aiming to build a health and social care system that helps people to stay well for longer, with services delivered in the community, where possible. AHPs will play a key part in delivering this.
AHPs provide treatment and help rehabilitate adults and children who are ill, have disabilities or special needs, to live life as fully as possible – so you’ve probably used their services at some stage.
They work across a wide range of different settings including the community, people’s homes and schools, as well as hospitals. They also work in the independent sector and for charities.
We need the right number of trained AHP staff in place to deliver our ambitious programme. We’re developing workforce plans to ensure this can happen. We’ve talked to the professionals themselves, and they’ve told us how they see things developing for the future.
But there’s one piece missing. How it works on the ground, for someone using the services. That’s why we’re asking for your help, to give us the benefit of your experience. So if you’re a service user or carer who has used any of these services:
then we need to hear from you now.
We’re running a Stakeholder Engagement Event in Ulster University, Jordanstown on Friday 24 November 2017 from 10.00am – 2.00pm. It’s your chance to help shape future service delivery and have your voice heard.
We’re not looking for experts. What we want are people who will consider, reflect and share their experiences in an open and honest way, helping these professions develop for the future.”
If you’d like to get involved, you can book your place for this event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (028) 9052 3233 on or before 12.00 on 17 November 2017.
You’ll receive a full information pack to enable you to take part in discussion during the event. A light lunch will also be provided and service users will be able to claim reasonable travel expenses to attend the event.
If you can’t attend but wish to comment on these issues, please contact the Department using the details above to receive your information pack. Your written comments must be received on or before 5.00pm on 24th November 2017.
Please let us know if you have any special requirements to enable you to attend this event.”
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