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New learning package to support Allied Health Professionals helping to tackle COVID-19

7 May 2020

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be able to access e-learning covering how to support the delivery of care to COVID- 19 patients thanks to the Health Education England (HEE) led development of a new resource.


The resource brings together learning from across the four nations on key topics including respiratory physiotherapy, managing tracheostomy, nutrition, activity and function.


This work has been led by Marie-Clare Wadley AHP VR subject matter expert for HEE and supported by Alison Jones Health Education England’s Advanced Clinical Practice Fellow and who worked closely with a wide range of partners including professional bodies, special interest groups and clinical teams on the development of the resource.


Marie-Claire Wadley said:


 “The united front and support from our AHP colleagues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was so great we were really pleased with the linking and sharing of information and training for staff at all levels in the system. We are continuing to work closely with them and have set up a national link between us all allowing for future collaboration.”


Beverley Harden, National Allied Health Professions Lead, Health Education England, said:


“Allied Health Professionals are playing a key role in supporting the delivery of front-line patient care during this very challenging time.


“It is important that they have access to tools like this to support to help them prepare for working during this crisis and we will be adding new learning material regularly and are keen to hear feedback on what AHPs would like to see added to further support their learning.”


Allied Health professionals provide system-wide care to assess, treat, diagnose and discharge patients across social care, housing, education, and independent and voluntary sectors. AHPs are able to help manage patients’ care throughout the life course from birth to palliative care.


Thanks to Fiona McCallion, AHP Education Manager, HSC Clinical Education Centre, Gail Nash, AHP Practice Education Co-ordinator and Audrey Taylor Principal Educator, NHS Education for Scotland and Wendy Wilkinson, Health Education and Improvement Wales. 


To view this resource go to: e-Learning for Healthcare