The Contribution of Allied Health Professionals to Public Health
This seminar took place on the 14 March 2018 and was hosted at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. The seminar was chaired by Judi Rhys, Non-Executive Director at Public Health Wales. Judi welcomed everyone to the event and spoke about her understanding of Allied Health Professionals and of her personal experiences with several services.
The day was opened by Dr Gill Richardson, Assistant Director of Policy, Research and International Development within Public Health Wales. Gill spoke about the role of Allied Health Professionals and how they are an important part of Public Health.
This was followed by two presentations, Judith John – Welsh Therapy Advisory Committee and Linda Hindle – Allied Health Professions Lead, National Engagement Lead Police, Fire and Ambulance Services within Public Health England.
Judith spoke about the recently published Strategic Framework for Allied Health Professions and how in Wales they are in a key position, to embed preventative health care principles across the range of their services and through their contacts with large numbers of the population, to make a valuable contribution to public health outcomes.
Linda presented on the ‘Evidence and Impact of Allied Health Professions Contribution to Public Health’. Linda shared information on the role and successes of Allied Health Professions in England and what has contributed to those successes.
Three workshops were held during the afternoon:
- Developing the Workforce: Huw Griffiths, Physiotherapist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Jonathan Morgan, Physiotherapist, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
- Demonstrating Impact: David Hughes, Manager and Clinical Lead, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board; Lisa Williams, Community Dietitian, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; Angela Jones, Podiatrist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; Claire Butler, Speech and Language Therapist, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Sue Koziel, Speech and Language Therapist, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
- Health and Wellbeing Across the NHS: Mathew Tidball, Physiotherapy Lead Staff Health and Wellbeing, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board; Rachel Turner, Occupational Therapy Lead, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board; Alison Clarke, Assistant Director of Therapies and Health Science, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Emma Holmes, Dietitian, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
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