“Each AHP has a vital role to play…” – Katie, our chief AHP shares her thoughts for AHP day

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Katie Puplett, chief AHP, shares her thoughts for AHP day  

AHP day was developed by allied health professions (AHPs), and is celebrated across England on October 14 2023 as a day when AHPs/AHP teams connect and celebrate their work.

A photo of Katie Pulpett“Hello my name is Katie Puplett and I am the chief allied health professional at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

“Allied health professionals (AHPs) are a really important part of the health and care team at our Trust and include dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, paramedics, art therapists and speech and language therapists. Each AHP has a vital role to play in helping people live well and reach their potential.

“I am a physiotherapist by background and have worked in a variety of clinical areas, including 11 years in mental health services. I was clinical lead for physiotherapy within a neighbouring NHS Trust and then moved into the role of AHP manager there for a further five years. I moved to NHS England after that where I developed and implemented health policy and strategy. During this time, I always ensured I brought the voice of AHP’s to the programmes I was involved with and worked closely with clinicians, patients and carers to make certain that their views were at the heart of all I developed. Whilst at NHSE I completed a master’s degree in health policy which has been integral to bridging the gap between clinical practice and leadership, strategic thinking and the implementation of policy.

“It’s fantastic to be able to come into a Trust that recognises the value of AHPs. In my role as chief AHP there are a few really important areas that I work with other senior AHPs to look at. Firstly, to make sure that we can make sure that AHPs working at our Trust have a really positive experience and have a great place to work. We’re helping our AHPs progress and develop their careers which is so important for retention. We are also looking at how we can attract more people in thinking about an AHP career.

“It’s important for me to raise the profile of AHPs within  our Trust, and to encourage teams and services to consider the skill mix within their teams and where an AHP might be able to add value. I work closely with other lead AHPs within the South and West Yorkshire Integrated Care Systems and we’re now establishing new ways of working across the networks.

“AHPs make a difference because of their ability to care for our patients and service users holistically, placing their needs at the heart of all they do. They bring a wide variety of skills and backgrounds to our Trust with a focus on the prevention of ill-health alongside improving health and wellbeing. They really help to maximise the potential for people to live full and active lives within their family circles, social networks, education/training settings and the workplace. AHPs are integral to multidisciplinary teams bringing a unique perspective to patient care.

“Working as an AHP in a mental health, community and learning disability Trust is rewarding because we can make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable members of our communities, helping them to access our services and reduce health inequalities. One of the reasons I wanted to become a chief AHP at this Trust is because of our Trust values. Since joining the organisation, it has been fantastic to see that the people working here really do live by those values and I am immensely proud to be an AHP at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.”

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“Each AHP has a vital role to play…” – Katie, our chief AHP shares her thoughts for AHP day

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