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Connecting with allied health professionals

Yvonne Pettigrew is seconded as the National Clinical Lead for the Allied Health Profession (AHP), into the multi-professional Clinical Division at the Department of Health Informatics Directorate.

Yvonne works with the National AHP Information Strategy Taskforce (NAHPIST) representing and enabling the views of AHP professional bodies, regulators, educators and others with interest in the impact of informatics.

As well as advising on policy, system design and implementation, Yvonne also has open dialogue with many AHP representative groups, attends and speaks at events and conferences around the country, and contributes to committees.

Her role is to reach out to allied health professionals, connecting them with practical support and resources and ensuring that the new technologies reflect and support rapidly changing professional practice.

National Clinical Leads for allied health professionals

Yvonne Pettigrew


Yvonne Pettigrew is Associate Director for Allied Health Professionals and Head of Therapy Services at the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB). Yvonne's previous roles include clinical work as an Occupational Therapist in the acute and community sectors as well as with social services. She has also spent a period of time in an American hospital in the Middle East. Most recently Yvonne has had senior management and professional leadership responsibility in multi-centre and teaching hospital environments.

Yvonne has always had an interest in the appropriate use of technology to improve clinical services and is especially keen to see Allied Health Professional (AHP) clinical and commissioning recording integrated meaningfully at patient and organisational levels. She commented: "Now more than ever AHPs need to feel able to harness technology and information in the way they deliver their services and shape them to meet the needs of their service users"

"Choose and Book is a great example of a tool that can enable GPs to know about our services and enable  patients to be offered an AHP service as a choice. NHS Choices can offer a portal for service users to find and understand what our services offer and access information from AHPs on healthy living and self management of chronic conditions. We also need to ensure that we maximise the benefits for practitioners by using service users  feedback, performance data and clinical outcomes to help develop a system which both reflects their needs and enables better inter-professional working.

"I will do this via our national conferences, existing professional networks and by responding to individual enquiry. I'm very keen that we get better at sharing good practice as there are so many exciting and innovative examples that could benefit our patients."

Talking heads

Listen to what Yvonne has to say about the importance of health informatics to the allied health professions. This mini series of talking heads covers:

David Davis

David Davis

David is currently NHS Pathways Clinical Lead for South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) where he works as a senior clinical manager across the organisation's three emergency operations centres (EOCs) responsible for a team of senior nurses and paramedics who provide telephone clinical advice and supervision both within the EOCs and where required to ambulance crews.

David joined SECAmb in 2001, following an earlier career in sales, marketing and eCommerce.  As a paramedic, he worked on the frontline responding to 999 calls. 

David was appointed the UK's first Paramedic Stroke Lead after, in 2006, he raised concerns about provision for local stroke patients after discovering that no hospitals in the Trust's region of Kent, Surrey or Sussex offered thrombolysis for acute ischaemic stroke.

Over recent years, thanks to David's leadership of partnership and multi-disciplinary working, a unified pathway has been established so stroke patients can be FAST-tracked by SECAmb to specialist stroke services. This pathway has won regional and national recognition, with the FASTrack pathway work and David's contribution in Clinical Leadership highlighted in the Health Minister, Lord Darzi's report: Delivering High Quality Care for All: One Year On as well as the Stroke Association's Getting Better report; David's work and leadership in stroke care was also featured in the NHS 60th birthday publication.

In addition to teaching and providing talks on pre-hospital stroke care, David continues to work with the NHS Stroke Improvement programme as a clinical associate and with the Royal College of Physicians Peer Review teams.

David is also Director of Media Relations for the College of Paramedics and actively involved in the development of his profession, including close working with other Allied Health Professions.

Following involvement in the regional Clinical Leadership Network, David was successful in a place on the Clinical Leadership Fellowship programme, which sees him undertaking a Masters in Clinical Leadership (Management for Clinicians) in his spare time.

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