Welcome to our Allied Health Professionals (AHP’s) page.  The information you will find here is designed to provide lots of information to support you in your role. AHPs are the third largest clinical workforce in the NHS, with significant opportunities to support delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.  

In Mersey Care we have AHP’s that work within wider multi-disciplinary teams or within therapy services across Mersey Care including:

  • Art Therapists

Further information to be developed

  • Drama Therapists

Further information to be developed

  • Podiatrists

Podiatrists are degree educated clinicians who work collaboratively with their patients, carers, GPs, consultants, other healthcare professionals and AHPs to enable lifestyle changes and support the best health outcomes possible for their patients

Podiatrists work across multiple settings including clinics, patient’s own homes, residential and nursing homes, hospital wards and outpatient clinics and also in Primary Care

Podiatrists are the experts in all aspects of foot and lower limb structure, function and health. They are highly skilled health care professionals trained to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and prevent disease and complications of the feet, ankles and lower limbs. They can prevent and manage foot problems, relieve pain, treat infection and support foot deformities, to keep people of all ages mobile and active.

Podiatrists play an important role in the multidisciplinary team in diabetic limb salvage. Understanding the function of the  lower limb and being experts in musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and lower limb is  important in the context of the diabetic foot and other long term conditions where lower limb abnormalities often precede ulcer development. Preventive ulcer development strategies employed by a podiatrist include regular monitoring, routine care of calluses, and insole and footwear  recommendations.

Care of the diabetic foot involves effective prevention including regular foot examinations with risk stratification and appropriate education tailored to individual patients,. Podiatrists additionally play an essential role in the monitoring and treatment of active foot ulcerations by providing sharp debridement and offloading of pressure as well as ensuring dressing selection is appropriate for the type of wound present.

Other foot related conditions where Podiatrists provide care include in the treatment of pathological nail conditions including carrying out nail surgery under local anaesthetic  for ingrowing toenails and  in  the  debridement of corns and callus.  The Podiatrist plays an important role in maintaining the mobility of patients and help prevent falls especially related to the elderly and frail

  • Dietitians

Registered dietitians assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. They work within all areas of the NHS (primary, secondary and tertiary care) as well as within public health, local government, care settings, research, industry and private practice. Dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. They work with a wide range of patients in every age group, helping to treat, manage and support recovery from complex and varied conditions which includes diabetes , allergies, cancer and mental health.

  • Occupational Therapists

Further information to be developed

  • Orthotists

Orthotists are autonomous registered practitioners who provide gait analysis and engineering solutions. Orthotists practice in acute and community settings. They are extensively trained at undergraduate level in mechanics, bio-mechanics, material science, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. They are qualified to modify prosthetic and orthotic componentry, taking responsibility for the impact of any changes.

Orthotists treat patients with problems of the neuro, muscular and skeletal systems resulting from conditions such as: diabetes, arthritis, cerebral palsy, stroke, spina bifida, scoliosis, MSK, sports injuries and trauma. They design and provide orthoses; externally applied devices that modify the structural or functional characteristics of the patients’ neuro-muscular and skeletal systems enabling patients to mobilise, eliminate gait deviations, reduce falls, reduce pain, prevent and facilitate healing of ulcers. They often form part of multidisciplinary teams such as the diabetic foot team or neuro-rehabilitation team.

  • Paramedics

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  • Physiotherapists

Further information to be developed

  • Speech and Language Therapists

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) provide life-improving treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing. SLTs assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages to help them communicate more effectively. They also assess, treat and develop personalised plans to support people who have eating and swallowing difficulties. Using specialist skills, SLTs work directly with clients and their carers and provide them with tailored support. They also work closely with teachers and other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, other AHPs and psychologists to develop individual treatment programmes.

SLT’s have a key role in supporting the assessment of an individual’s capacity, particularly where a communication impairment is questioned or present; which is required to support complex decision making. They are also likely to be involved in assessment and management of autism spectrum disorders.

SLTs play an important role in public health including screening and early identification of speech (Language and Communication) and swallowing difficulties. For example, they identify children with early language delays and provide targeted support to children with communication difficulties who live in areas of social disadvantage. SLTs also support the rehabilitation and enablement of people with acquired and developmental conditions, such as people with learning disabilities or individuals who have experienced a stroke. SLTs provide care for children and adults in community settings which helps to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and decrease the need for crisis management of conditions such as dysphagia.

SLTs work with people with learning disabilities to support and promote health and well-being within every aspect of the person’s life. For people with learning disabilities functional communication skills within everyday life are the primary focus rather than following a developmental or rehab approach. Speech and language therapists are seen as core professionals working in adult learning disability services.

Here you can find our AHP forum minutes, agenda’s and other information.

AHPS day logo.pngWhat is AHPs day?  

On Thursday, 14 October 2021, the 14 allied health professions (AHPs) celebrated the 4th annual AHPs’ Day.

AHPs’ Day is an annual opportunity for AHPs to come together and celebrate being part of the AHP family, and the day gives an opportunity to showcase to others the impact they make to the delivery of high-quality care.

On the day the AHP leads hosted a virtual event where there was a range of speakers. The guest line-up included author Michael Rosen speaking about his recent AHP experiences. 

The collaborations in services, organisations, trusts, regions and nationally enable:

  • Improved awareness of the role of the fourteen allied health professions
  • Showcasing the achievements of local services and their impact on patient care and population health
  • Integrated working with other services and organisations.

Key messages this year for AHPs’ day included:

Celebrating who AHPs are; Appreciating AHP skills and impact on care; Inspiring our future workforce; Connecting so that AHPs are included in workforce transformation and pathway redesign in systems.

Below is a link to the slides and presentation from the day:

Wrapping around AHP day was a series of CPD sessions held throughout the week. Below are the presentations from the CPD sessions that were held:

 

Educator Training

Physiotherapy

University of Liverpool 

Introductory Educator Course – February 22

The course will remain online and will be spread over a couple of weeks with some education packs prior to the final seminar.

This is to allow you to work at your own pace. The course consists of around 10 hours study time.

Educator Pack 1 – sent to you on 4th Feb 22

Educator Pack 2 – Sent to you on the 11th Feb 22

Educator Pack 3 – Sent to you on the 18th Feb 22

Final Seminar – Online via zoom – 25th Feb 22 - 2-4pm

Educator packs will include pre recorded materials etc for you to complete prior to the final seminar.

To book on, please find event link on the flyer.

 

MMU

At MMU we have combined our previous face to face new educators day 1 and day 2 training and our experienced educators training day into one online training resource for all our educators. We are also running MS Teams sessions to compliment this training for any educators who feel that they would benefit from attending these.

The online course can be completed independently at times to suit individual clinicians commitments and diary, they will have 6 months to complete it from the time their account is set up. The MS Teams sessions are on set days and times, there is no requirement to attend any of these to complete the training, but we hope that they provide clinicians with additional support, and the feedback we have had from these is that clinicians who have attended have found them to be useful.

There are currently 12 Parts to our Educator Training

Part 1            Introduction

Part 2            Effective Learning

Part 3            Teaching Styles

Part 4            Learning Styles

Part 5            Task Analysis

Part 6            Learning Development Plans

Part 7            Placement Preparation and Expectations

Part 8            Supporting and Challenging all Learners

Part 9            Placement Learning and Learning Environments

Part 10          Equality and Diversity

Part 11          Assessment Process

Part 12          Useful Links, Conclusion and Thanks

All the parts are designed so they can be completed within 30-60 minutes and clinicians can complete the training at a rate and times to suit them. Once registered clinicians have access to the resources for 6 months. When they have completed all the parts, in part 12 there is a form for them to complete and submit and from that certificates of completion are created each month.  The certificates are emailed to the clinicians.

Each clinician will take different lengths of time for each section as alongside the information provided there are activities to be completed and we would expect different clinicians to need to take longer to reflect more on some areas.

The MS Teams sessions are for 2 ½ hours each and have a specific focus, once details are confirmed for these, we then notify all the clinicians who have registered for the online educator training of the sessions and they can register if they would like to attend a session.

Register here

 

MMU Support the Educator Training

Friday 17th December 9:30am -12

Challenging and supporting all learners

Thursday 6th Jan 1-3:30pm

Multiple models of supervision – (including peer learning, project / leadership elements, split placements)

Friday 7th Jan 10am -12:30

Question & Answer – please bring any questions you may have to this session

If you would like to attend any of these dates please reply  email WBL-Physio@mmu.ac.uk indicating which session you would like to attend and they will send out MS Teams invites.

 

  • Fran Cairns, Deputy Director of Therapies, Psychological and Allied Health Professionals

  • Lynn King, Trust Wide Recovery and Strategic Allied Health Professions Lead

  • James Hester, Allied Health Professions Lead - Mid Mersey Division

  • Krystina Crolla-Barker, Divisional Professional and Operational Allied Health Professionals Lead – Local Division and Secure & Specialist Learning Disability Division

  • Jo Barnfield, Divisional Professional and Operational Allied Health Professionals Lead – Community Division

OT Apprenticeships - Expressions of interest by 7pm 1st Dec 2021 

We are delighted to be able to offer a number of OT apprenticeships across Mersey Care.  Expressions of interest are invited from staff who have the suitable experience and knowledge to undertake the Occupational Therapy Apprenticeship Degree Programme.  

For further details please see the following:

Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) AHP Faculty – News Round-up re AHP Placements – Resources, news and more! 

AHP Placement Resources

As part of the Clinical placement expansion programme 2020, we set out to create a wealth of multiprofessional videos which can be used by educators to supplement clinical placements. With unfaltering support from C&M clinicians, we have now designed and created 10 multiprofessional AHP case studies and 19 uniprofessional videos mainly shot in outpatients with real patients and uploaded these to the Cheshire and Merseyside AHP Faculty catalogue on the HEE Learning Hub. The Hub is free to use for all staff and students who work in health and social care. The Hub can be accessed on Learning Hub - Home. You just need your work email to log in and then search for the Cheshire and Merseyside AHP Faculty catalogue in the search bar.

The videos can also be used for any returnees to practice or for promotion of AHP careers.

AHP Practice Educators Toolkit

This is a Toolkit which is housed in our catalogue on the HEE Learning Hub and has a wealth of information/strategies on how practice educators/clinical tutors can increase both quantity and quality of placements that they offer. Why not check this out? Guidance on how to utilise the Toolkit can be found here Quick Guide - How to access the AHP Practice Educator Toolkit 16/6/21 - YouTube

Toolkit Champions group

Did you know that we are supporting AHP practice educators to utilise the toolkit to expand and enhance clinical placements? The group is up and running and is welcoming more members – not just from the NHS but other sectors too. Have we whet your appetite? Find out more by emailing CMAHPFaculty@sthk.nhs.uk

Clinical Placement Expansion Programme (CPEP) 2021 ​​​​​​​

The Faculty has secured Health Education England (HEE) funding this year to expand clinical placements further especially for Diagnostic Radiography, Dietetics, Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy and non-ambulance Paramedicine placements. If you want to volunteer your time to get involved in this initiative or want to find out more, email CMAHPFaculty@sthk.nhs.uk

 

Follow the Faculty on Twitter @C_M_AHP_Faculty or ask your AHP Lead regarding the AHP Faculty. This is your Faculty and we are always looking for individuals interested in developing the AHP workforce through projects. Your banding does not matter – just your enthusiasm, ideas and conviction.