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Allied health professionals put to the test

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Allied health professionals were rewarded for their leadership skills at a special event in London last week.

The Allied Health Professionals Leadership Challenges National Final was held on 17 June. Groups from across the country received awards for winning their regional competition before competing against each other for national prizes.

The overall winners of the national leadership challenge were AHPs from East Midlands strategic health authority.

The leadership challenge is designed to demonstrate the diversity of leadership talent among AHPs, and confidence in their leadership.

The event was attended by NHS Chief Executive David Nicholson and David Behan, director general of social care, local government and care partnerships.

Chief health professions officer Karen Middleton said: ‘The leadership challenge events surpassed the two main aims I had for them.

‘The first was to raise the profile of leadership at SHA level and the second was to give AHPs some experiential learning so that they can start to feel more empowered and confident as leaders,’ she said. ‘As a result of these events, AHPs have told me that they have already started instigating changes where they work.’

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