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Allied health professionals advisory group

The Allied Health Professionals (AHP) advisory group works alongside HEE’s Strategic Advisory Forum to provide strategic professional advice and expertise around in its work on workforce planning and education development.

The Allied Health Professionals advisory group provides a short to medium term professional strategic view of the workforce planning and education system, aligns the business of the group to enable us to meet our mandate and key strategic requirements across the profession or professions for health, public and social care and supports us in influencing decisions and policy concerning workforce planning and education for the allied health professions at a national level.

Advisory group members

  • Suzanne Rastrick (Co-chair), NHS England
  • Chris Welsh (Co-chair), Health Education England
  • Lauren Anderson, Newly qualified health care professional
  • Iain Beith, Council of Deans, Kingston University
  • Helen Davis, British and Irish Orthoptics Society
  • Kamini Gadhok, Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • Sally Gosling, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Michael Guthrie, Health and Care Professions Council
  • Graham Harris, College of Paramedics, Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich
  • John Head, British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists
  • Linda Hindle, Public Health England
  • Anna Maratos, Arts Therapies professional bodies (Art, Music, Drama)
  • Shelagh Morris, NHS England
  • Audrey Paterson, Society and College of Radiography
  • Julia Skelton, College of Occupational Therapy
  • Mike Townson, Society and College of Chiropody and Podiatry
  • Kevin Whelan, British Dietetic Association
  • Elizabeth White, Student representative

Meeting dates

  • 22 January 2014
  • 30 April 2014
  • 11 June 2014
  • 04 Sepeptember 2014
  • 04 December 2014
  • 16 February 2015 14:30 – 17:00, London
  • 13 April 2015 14:30 – 17:00, London
  • 13 July 2015 14:30 – 17:00, London
  • 5 October 2015 14:00 – 17:00, London









Minutes from past meetings can be found in the related documents section below. For more information about this advisory group, please contact HEE.AdvisoryGroups@nhs.net.


Terms of reference

Purpose and Role

The overall purpose of the AHP HEEAG is to work alongside HEE’s Strategic Advisory Forum (SAF) providing strategic professional oversight and expertise to Health Education England to influence decisions:

  • Looking at a one to five year time frame (whilst being mindful of the longer term view and horizon scanning at a national level)
  • From the perspective of the allied health professions
  • With a patient pathway focus.

The role of the AHP HEEAG will be to:

  • Provide a short to medium term professional strategic view of the workforce planning and education system
  • Align the business of the AHP HEEAG to enable HEE to meet its mandate and key strategic requirements across the profession or professions for health, public and social care
  • Support HEE in influencing decisions and policy concerning workforce planning and education for the allied health professions at a national level.


  • To provide expertise and advice on strategic workforce planning and education development across the profession
  • To make profession-specific strategic recommendations to HEE in light of the Francis Inquiry and the requirements of HEE’s mandate
  • To provide oversight on issues emerging from the profession or professions
  • Identify and promote best practice both in the UK and internationally to help support the work of HEE
  • To support the work of the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum and Patient Advisory Forum by providing professional oversight at a national level.

Governance and Membership

The AHP HEEAG will be sponsored by a HEE National Executive, and co-chaired by the Chief Health Professions Officer and a HEE National Executive or LETB Director of Education and Quality or Managing Director.

The HEEAGs will meet four times per year and meetings will be aligned to the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum dates.

The meetings will be held in HEE Offices (Portland House, London or Blenheim House, Leeds) for a maximum of 2.5 hours, and wherever possible HEE offices will be used at zero cost. Teleconference facilities will also be utilised.

The AHP HEEAG will be accountable to HEE’s Chief Executive through the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum.

The HEEAG will consist of a core membership of 20 (maximum). Core membership needs to be representative and consideration should be given to ensuring representation (where appropriate) from the following:

  • Chief Professional Officer
  • Higher Education Institute
  • Newly Qualified Health Care Professional
  • Patient/Lay representation
  • Professional Regulator
  • Royal College
  • Student
  • Union

AHP HEEAG members will have a high level of credibility with their constituency and be able to allocate sufficient time and have the flexibility required to make an effective contribution to the work of the HEEAG. The AHP HEEAG will be supported by a secretariat provided by HEE’s Directorate of Education & Quality, who will be in attendance at meetings. Each organisation/group represented on the HEEAG will have at least one member.

External experts may be invited to attend meetings in order to contribute to specific agenda items, if necessary. The AHP HEEAG will convene time-limited topic-based working groups, drawn from a wide-range of partners, to address key issues in detail. The working groups will be governed by the HEEAG and will produce and present papers at meetings when and where appropriate.

The membership term will initially be for one year. Where a HEEAG member does not attend a minimum of two meetings per year, a replacement nomination from the organisation/group they represented will be requested.

The core of the HEEAG agenda will be informed by the work of the strategic priorities for HEE, HEE Strategic Advisory Forum, HEE Patient Advisory Forum and HEE LETBs.

Ways of Working

By joining the AHP HEEAG, members agree to:

  • Uphold the NHS Constitution
  • Always place the patient at the centre of HEE’s work, promoting and developing work streams aligned to pathways and patient journeys
  • Allow all members to have an equal voice
  • Commit to the highest standards of conduct, as governed by the Seven Principles of Public Office
  • Adopt a ‘can do’ approach and be open to challenge
  • Use accessible terminology, providing clear explanation of specialist terms and acronyms both verbally and in written documentation
  • Uphold the constraints of discussing confidential data and information outside of the meeting when consulting within their constituencies on specific issues raised in meetings whilst supporting the need for openness and transparency.

Review and Future Arrangements

The revised governance arrangements (including membership) will be reviewed annually to ensure the arrangements are fit for purpose.




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