The role of allied health professionals in public health – examples of interventions delivered by allied health professionals that improve the publics’ health


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Enderby P, Fowler Davis S, Hindle L

Year of Publication:
2015

Publisher(s):
Public Health England

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

Public Health England commissioned a team of academics led by Sheffield Hallam University to undertake an initial review to:

identify examples where there is good evidence of impact on public health by Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and therefore an opportunity to broaden practice

identify areas which require more focus to demonstrate impact by AHPs on public health.

This report describes the key findings of this work which was carried out between December 2014 and May 2015 by a team from Sheffield Hallam University with input from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Sheffield and contributions from the AHP Professional Bodies.

The study used several methods to identify evidence of interventions by AHPs that contribute to public health:

1. a rapid review of the literature;
2. a survey of AHP practitioners.
3. a consensus method to select evidence-based AHPinterventions.

In April 2014, the professional bodies of the twelve allied health professions (AHPs) in the UK agreed a collective ambition to be recognised as an integral part of the public health workforce. The 12 professions include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, dietitians, speech and language therapists, paramedics, radiographers, orthoptists, prosthetists and orthotists, art therapists, music therapists and dramatherapists.



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APA Citation:

Hindle, L., Fowler Davis, S.,Enderby,P. (2015). The role of allied health professionals in public health – examples of interventions delivered by allied health professionals that improve the publics’ health. UK: Public Health England.