AHPs In Scotland. Celebrating 2014

AHPScot – A pictorial blog of some of the highlights of our role, our work and our impact

One blog was almost not enough to celebrate AHP successes in Scotland in 2014. A wide selection of AHP stories were submitted. Sit back and enjoy. 


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Heather Hall, AHP lead for LTCs and Co-production at The Alliance sighs, smiles and celebrates success as the first National AHP, Third and Independent conference on “Coproduction, Partnership and Integration” draws to a close.




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Throughout the day a positive and exciting buzz was created as AHPs showcased their potential as leaders and active travellers in the journey of co-production.  The conference provided a wonderful platform to grow budding relationships between AHP and third sector organisations.



Age Scotland Conference

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Ask an AHP” was at the Age Scotland Conference



Health Service Journal Awards

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Sarah Mitchell and MSK work in Scotland made two finals






Waiting Lists

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NHS Ayrshire & Arran children’s OT team celebrate improvement work that reduced waiting times from 57 weeks to 8 weeks and delivered a more person centred service.





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Pat Harris, Physiotherapist and Kevan Fulton Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology for NHS Ayrshire and Arran were recognised for their work in establishing the Mindfulness Network. Kevan and Pat have brought together a network of individuals who are passionate about promoting mindfulness within NHS Ayrshire & Arran.


NHSScotland event

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John McConway, NHS Ayrshire and Arran showcases personal footcare poster at NHS Scotland event.




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Erika Diffenthal and Billy McClean showcase Ayrshire & Arran AHP delivery plan poster




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Judith Reid showcases Ayrshire & Arran MSK redesign at NHS Scotland event




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Andrea Dick and team showcase Ayrshire & Arran pocket ideas work




Advancing Healthcare Awards

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NHS Ayrshire & Arran AHP team celebrate having three finalists at the awards




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Lisa Greer AHP National Lead and Jean McQueen AHP Consultant, Forensic Network received the 2014 Advancing Health Care Award for improving quality measuring and demonstrating impact. This award sponsored by the Scottish Government recognises the work undertaken by AHPs around employability, mental health and forensic mental health.


Unscheduled Care

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For the first time AHP  Physiotherapists working as part of NHS 24 Unscheuled Care and are shifting the balance of care from Out of Hours Services towards Self Care


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NHS Tayside Front Door (A&E and Admissions Units) AHP Team was successful in getting extra funded staffing resource to support weekend working in this area.





Patient Outcomes

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NHS Fife physiotherapy staff from Whitefield Day Hospital, QMH, won the best poster at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Scottish Board Conference





MSK Self Care Resources

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MSK Zone has its half millionth page view




Vocational Rehab

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Jean McQueen AHP Consultant in Vocational Rehabilitation was awarded a PhD following her study into Alcohol Brief Interventions within General Hospital. This formed a mixed methods study and was supported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Public Health Division, Glasgow Centre for Population Health and the College of Occupational Therapists.




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OTs in Dumfries and Galloway “Getting Ahead for Work” in partnership with Support in Mind Scotland, poster presentation at “Work as a Health Outcome” event.




AHP Apps

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MSK App is updated and relaunched to include an MSK animation



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‘Apps for AHPs’ poster won the prize for best NMAHP eHealth project at The British Computer Society Conference in September 2014. The project evaluated a trial of ipad usage by Physio’s, OT’s and Pharmacists from a number of community specialties within NHS Fife.



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Up and About in Care Homes Project Celebrating Success with NHS Highland and NHS Dumfries & Galloway. The Up and About in Care Homes Project is an AHP lead project with the aim of reducing falls in care homes.


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Scottish Dementia Awards

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This year has been a real celebration for ‘Pocket Ideas…for a moment in time’ especially as our ‘Activity Team’ won an award at the Scottish Dementia Awards in the category ‘Best Acute Care Initiative’.


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The  picture is of the team and left to right is Jean Knox (Technical Instructor), Gillian Agnew (Occupational Therapist), Andrea Boyd (Occupational Therapist), Elaine Tizzard (Technical Instructor) and Darrell Line (Technical Instructor). NHS Ayrshire and Arran.




Scottish Health Awards

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Jennifer Taggart, an Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapist from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde was awarded Quality Champion 2014 at the Scottish Health Awards for her work on dementia training for health care support workers.



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Best Community Initiative for OT Home Based Memory Rehabilitation program at the Scottish Dementia Awards 2014. NHS Dumfries & Galloway.




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The multi disciplinary IDEAS Team won the Practice Excellence Award for Dementia and Best Practice of the Year at the Mental Health Nursing Awards 2014 and runner up for Best Education Initiative at the Scottish Dementia Awards 2014.NHS Dumfries & Galloway.



Mental Health

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Christine Steel AHP Dementia Consultant and Sandra Shields Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant  meet Ros Moore Chief Nursing Officer at their event to celebrate the success of dementia champions within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.



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December 2014 saw the official launch of three new publications for Allied Health Professionals in Scotland: Agents of Change; Living Well with Dementia; and Living Well with Community Support. Published by the Scottish Government and Alzheimer Scotland, these publications highlight the impressive work carried out by AHPs in delivering improvement for people living with dementia and those who care for them, as well as leading change in practice. Elaine Hunter. Further information on the publications here

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Launch of Let’s Talk About Dementia Blog



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AHP Mental Health Priorities




Seven Day Working

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Some of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital Rehabilitation team celebrating winning a national award for seven day working



Appreciative Leadership

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NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde  Forensic Directorate Occupational Therapists  Appreciative Leadership with Fiona MacNeill Associates.



Pulmonary Rehab

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The new self care resources for Pulmonary Rehab on NHS inform A-Z [click here to access] have been live one year. There has been a   130% increase in traffic to the new information from 3291 page views in 2012-13 to 7560 in 2013-14.



Occupational Therapy

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Angela Howard, Band 5 Occupational Therapist Mental Health Occupational Therapy Service, NHS Fife makes her first paper presentation at COT National Conference, Brighton, July 2014.




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RGU Occupational Therapy in Washington DC. Stephanie Morrison  Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, presented at the 113th American Anthropological Association  in Washington DC  3rd  December 2014 ‘Discipline Care and Punish? Anthropological  Approaches to Suffering and Well-Being Along the Carceral  Continuum’.  On her work at HMP Aberdeen  ‘Prisoners’ Narratives’ Re-crafting Lives of Dignity and Hope Through Occupations of Meaning and Purpose

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An occupational perspective of health,’  for realising prisoners’ potential  to transform their lives and improve their health is now being delivered at HMP & YOI Grampian as the prison has a permanent half time occupational therapy post’




Chronic Pain

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Paul Cameron, Clinical Team Lead Physiotherapist, NHS Fife wins award at National Pain Meeting for Physiotherapist Prescribing pilot work.




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Sheena F McIntyre    Technical Instructor 3, NHS Fife, RIVERS Pain Programme proves to be a hit with patients






Screenshot 2014-12-22 09.09.38Thought the Dietitians Week and Trust a Dietitian Picture could be another wee plug for the blog? We could say how this year saw the BDA launch their new campaign “Trust a Dietitian” and the first ever Dietitian’s Week which generated international interest and support. It was also supported by AHP Scot Blog which featured 6 pieces/areas of work by dietitians working in Scotland. To read their blogs click here:

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Winter 2014 issue of MacVoice – A magazine for Macmillan professionals. This season the mazagine’s ‘In Focus’ section featured 3 pieces of work from across Scotland, all of which support the cancer rehabilitation theme. To read more click here





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(From L to R) Dr Jacqui Morris AHP Research Lead, NHS Tayside, Shona Robison MSP Health Secretary, Mandy Trickett Macmillan Specialist Physiotherapist, NHS Tayside meet to discuss how NHS Tayside are working to improve equity and access to physical activity therapy in palliative care and celebrate their PAHA award. For more information on their work and the award click here or to read our previous AHP Scot Blog on the topic here:


And finally

AHPScot Blog

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AHPScot Blog passes 10,000 views.

Here is to continued AHPScot successes in 2015



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