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Review of allied health professions planned


Jobs that complement nursing roles and help with the ongoing health needs of patients will be the subject of a national delivery plan from the Scottish government.

Occupations in fields such as physiotherapy and clinical psychology will be analysed as part of the allied health professionals review from public health minister Michael Matheson.

The plan, which is expected to be finalised in the spring following consultation later in the year, will look at what improvements can be made in terms of efficiency and productivity for issues such as waiting times.

He said the plan would help inform future planning in health and social care, including service redesign.

Mr Matheson said that people in allied health profession roles play a vital part in the rehabilitation and enablement of patients, helping them to return home from hospital faster and remain independent for longer.

He said such positions are becoming even more crucial for the future as life expectancy in Scotland increases.


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  • This needs to be done. There needs to be much more flexibility amongst the AHPs to provide more tailored and effective care. This would enable Nurses to actually do their job as Nurses, instead of doing everyone elses jobs when they knock off at 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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  • About time. Too many AHP's on highly inflated bands. They need to work evenings and week ends. They need to have flexable working like nurse's.

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  • I have been saying this for at least 16 years now......actually not long in NHS Terms!

    We should be looking at how some care can be delivered as interdsciplinary in the true sense of the word, not lip service, just because they are housed under one roof. This would incorporate some rehabilitation into patient care, not as an extra. It would be more meaningful for the patients and their recovery, and release some nursing time. On our Stroke Unit there are enough staff, nursing and AHPs to work 1:1 in theory. If every patient needed two staff, that is still 2:1 staff ratio. We are moving to 7/7 AHP working, but not sure that will change team dynamics. Obviously, some tasks and therapies are disciplinary specific, but most staff could facilitate patients self care, position patients at mealtimes, assist/facilitate with feeding, addressing physical, swallowing and cognitive problems, etc, etc...... to name a few examples.

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