In 2008, DH published the UK-wide Modernising Allied Health Professional (AHP) Careers: A Competence-Based Career Framework and an associated set of web-based tools to support competence-based workforce planning and development. The second phase of the Modernising Allied Health Professional Careers programme that commenced in 2009, built on the competence-based approach to workforce planning and development by putting in place the educational drivers necessary to build and maintain a flexible and responsive allied health professional workforce
The second phase of work was overseen by the National Allied Health Professional Advisory Board, which provides national stakeholder consensus on the strategic vision for the future shape and contribution of the allied health professionals workforce necessary to drive up quality and productivity. The Board is made up of representatives of patients and carers, health and social care services and employers, education, the professions and their regulators.
With the ambitions and priorities for the NHS laid out by the Government, it is clear that the competence-based approach is more crucial now than ever before. The work to take forward the modernising programme for the allied health professional workforce will seek to highlight what we can do further to ensure that the system can take full advantage of what allied health professionals can and should be doing to drive up quality and improve productivity.