New strategy supports AHPs to ‘blaze a trail in research’

A new NIHR strategy looks to build on the vital role Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) play in delivery of research.

AHPs represent the third largest professional workforce in health and social care. Art Therapists, Dietitians, Paramedics, Radiographers and Speech and language therapists are just some of the 14 AHP roles

The strategy sets out five strategic goals:

Goal 1: Increase the visibility of AHPs as leaders across all research settings Develop effective leadership by AHPs in support of research, including building awareness, demonstrating innovation and promoting and sharing best practice

Goal 2: Strengthen AHP research capacity & capability Promote the development of an AHP research workforce that is fit for future challenges within research and maximises the potential of AHPs for patient benefit.

Goal 3: Support AHPs to deliver research that is relevant to patients and public AHPs are supported to be research active and instrumental in facilitating patient and public access to relevant research, along with playing an active part in supporting the development of appropriate research questions

Goal 4: Support AHPs to embrace innovation in their research roles AHPs are supported to actively seek opportunities to drive areas of innovation in research challenges, such as new ways of working and digital technology

Goal 5: Build strong AHP partnerships that deliver visible research impact The NIHR CRN works in partnership across and outside the NIHR to maximise the impact of AHP research activity

Read more and hear from Anthea Mould, NIHR CRN, Head of Allied Health Professionals in the NIHR blog.

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