Social media can help Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) to share information, advice and best practice with people that we wouldn’t meet in other ways, and over the past few months we’ve been lucky to connect with lots of other AHPs here on twitter.
Today @Quality_Watch published Allied Health Professions: can we measure quality of care? This looks at the role of AHPs in the public, private and voluntary sector, so it seemed a good day to post this ‘who to follow’ list for AHPs on twitter. We hope it will help you connect with other AHPs across the country and further afield.
Who have we missed?! We realise this probably only scratches the surface, and is very UK-focused, so let us know via comments on twitter and we will keep adding to this list.
Professional bodies & membership organisations
The HCPC @The_HCPC: ok, so not strictly an AHP organisation but they were an early adopter of twitter, regularly tweet useful information, and have actively taken part in twitter chats with #OTalk, #physiotalk and other professional communities.
The professional bodies on twitter are:
- British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists @BAPO2
- The British Association of Art Therapists @baat_org
- The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists @SCP_PodiatryUK
- British Dietetic Association @BrDieteticAssoc
- The British Association for Music Therapy @musictherapyuk
- The British Association of Dramatherapists @badthopen
- The College of Paramedics @ParamedicsUK
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy @theCSP; CEO @KarenMiddletonCSP
- College of Occupational Therapy @BAOTCOT
- The Society and College of Radiographers @SCoRMembers
- Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy @RCSLT
- AHPScot @AhpscotBlog Official Twitter account for Allied Health Professionals in Scotland
- North West AHP network: @NWAHP
- AHP research networks: @AHPRN; @AHPRN_WoS; @swahprn; @AHPRN_SurrSuss
- Cumbria + Lancashire Research Hub: @CumbriaLancsAHP
- Rehabilitation in HIV Association of AHPs specialising in HIV rehabilitation: @rehabHIV.
AHPs in strategic roles
As healthcare structures differ across the England Scotland, Wales and Ireland so do AHP roles – but here are some of the AHPs working in strategic roles (see the project Gandi section below for AHP Directors in Scotland):
- Suzanne Rastick @SuzanneRastrick Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) for England @NHSEngland and non Executive in housing sector
- Shelagh Morris @ShelaghCAHPO, Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions Officer @NHSEngland
- Alison Raw @Alisonraw; Professional Adviser Department of Health for AHPs
- Linda Hindle @HindleLinda Lead Allied Health Professional for Public Health, Dietitian and Chair of DOM UK
- Helen Marriot @marriothelen AHP Non-Medical Prescribing Lead at NHS England and Physiotherapist with a special interest in rehabilitation
- Andrew Nwosu @blaquedezires AHP lead for NHS England London
- David Davis @DavidDPara – paramedic who works in an Ambulance Trust and centrally in informatics.
- Lyndsey Hughes @Lyndseyahughes – orthoptist currently working on the Rehabilitation Programme at NHS England
- Ieuan Ellis @ Prof_IeuanEllis Professor in Healthcare Education, Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett University and former Chair of the UK Council of Deans of Health, and Non-Executive Director Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.
Scotland & Project Gandi
Project Gandi was a 12 week project which aimed to establish whether social media could be used to raise the profile of AHPs – see social media; raising the profile of AHPs for more. Many AHPs in Scotland include AHP in their twitter handle:
- Lesley Holdsworth @lesleyahpd Lead at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, particular interest in innovation and improvement
- Lynne Douglas @lynneahpd AHP Director, interested in change, quality, leadership, innovation and health&social policy
- Elaine Hunter @elaineahpmh Allied health professional (AHP) passionate about dementia, mental health & transformational leadership
- Carolyn McDonald @carloynahpdf AHP Director working for the NHS in Scotland. Interested in the challenge of integrated services.
- Jan Beattie @JanAHPO AHP Officer for Primary Care.
- Jane Reid @Janerahpl AHP National Lead for children & young people passionate about ensuring care improves outcomes & AHPs are supported to achieve potential
- Jacqui Lunday @jacquiCHPO
- Shelagh Creegan @ShelaghAHP Associate AHP Director for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities in Tayside, Scotland (see Shelagh’s recent blog on twitter by clicking here)
- Michelle Tennyson @warner_MD Assistant Director Allied Health Professions and Personal and Public Involvement. Northern Ireland Lead for Muscular Dystrophy and Neuromuscular Disorders.
- Geraldine Teague @GTeague25 AHP Consultant PHA
- Corrina Grimes @ AHP Consultant.Public Health. Nutrition. Safety and Quality.Commissioning.Palliative and End of Life Care.Project ECHO
- Jennifer keane
@je_keane AHP consultant. Public Health. Cancer. Radiography. Prison Health. Non Medical Perscribing.
- #WeSpeechies @WeSpeechies including @BronwynHemsley
- @OTalk_ – including @GeekyOT @Helen_OTUK
- @RDUK #RDUK
- We paramedics @WeParamedics #WePmds
You can also catch-up on tweets and activity using the #AHPs hashtag using Symplur by clicking here.