NHS Chief visits Cornwall

Cornwall was the destination for a recent visit by Suzanne Rastrick, NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer. The two-day visit started with a conference held at New County Hall in Truro, where Suzanne was the key note speaker.

NHS Chief visits Cornwall

Addressing a packed audience of healthcare professionals in the Council Chamber Suzanne gave an update on progress being made across the UK on the ‘AHPs into Action’ agenda.

The audience heard first-hand about examples of best practice from around the country involving collaborative working between a wide-range of allied health professions and the effectiveness of a multi-disciplinary team approach.

This was followed by presentations showcasing the excellent work of local Allied Health Professionals.

Following the conference Suzanne went on to visit many healthcare professionals at Bodmin, Royal Cornwall and West Cornwall hospitals, these included paramedics, prescribing radiotherapists and operating department practitioners.

Emma Spouse, Imaging and AHP Lead at the Royal Cornwall Hospital said “Suzanne’s visit has attracted colleagues from many professions and organisations within the county, creating an exciting and professional buzz and enthusiasm.”

“It has been a great opportunity to promote a greater understanding of what Allied Health Professionals do and the quality improvements that they bring to patient care.”

“Suzanne recounted many examples from across England that highlighted the value of working together to enhance the patient experience, improve outcomes and promote public health messages. Suzanne’s visit has enabled significant professional networking with many new links being established, boding well for the future.”

Clare Rotman, New Therapies AHP Lead for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said “Welcoming Suzanne to Cornwall has been very timely as we conclude the first phase of our Therapies Integration Plan. It has been great for Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Speech and Language Therapists to meet with their Chief Officer and discuss what AHPs have been doing elsewhere to lead and shape Sustainability Transformation Plans (STPs).”

“It has been inspiring to hear how sometimes it is just the small or simple ideas that can make a significant impact on the care provided to patients and clients. Clare added, It was particularly heart-warming to hear about some of the excellent care pathways already in place, using Skype and other technologies to be more efficient and create a better quality patient experience”.