Can we measure quality of care?
Allied health professionals (AHPs) are a group of 12 distinct professions that form a critical part of health care. By 2013 AHPs had made up around 6% of the NHS workforce and accounted for an estimated £2bn of the NHS salary bill.
The role that AHPs play in delivering care is likely to increase further into the future as the population ages and people live with more complex needs, according to research published by the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation as part of the QualityWatch programme.
Yet despite the size of the workforce and the broad scope of care, there is very little systematic information available to describe the quality of care delivered by AHPs.
We held a breakfast seminar to share the analysis from our report and provide an opportunity to discuss ways to improve our understanding about the quality of care delivered by AHPs. We considered the following areas:
- Context setting and report findings
- Lessons to be learned from other professional groups
- Data and information opportunities for AHPs – what needs to change and how?
- Recommendations to improve the visibility of AHP care in datasets
This seminar was chaired by Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England.