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Meet the team

Meet the National AHP Team.

Beverley Harden, Allied Health Professions Lead, Health Education England

I work as the Health Education England lead for the Allied Health Professions and Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (England). My role also leads nationally on the multi-professional advanced and consultant practitioners.  I previously worked as a National Advisor to the New Care Models Team at NHS England.  As a physiotherapist, I have worked extensively as an expert clinician in respiratory failure, non-invasive ventilation and rehabilitation and as leader of complex, cross-sector, multi-professional services. I have undertaken a variety of clinical leadership roles at local, regional and national level and am skilled in workforce transformation and organisational development. 

Jan Zietara, National Programme Lead – Advancing Practice, Allied Health Professions, Dementia and End of Life Care

As a National Programme Lead within Health Education England, I provide senior management support to the Advancing Practice and Allied Health Professions Programmes.  After an early career in hospital management, and graduating with an MBA, I have held a variety of management roles within workforce education and development both regionally and nationally. I have also held senior roles in education commissioning and postgraduate medical and dental education. I have extensive project management experience and have previously managed a number of HEE’s national programmes including the Values-Based Recruitment (HEI) Project, Dementia Education and Training, End of Life Care and Reducing Pre-registration Attrition and Improving Retention (RePAIR I). I retain a ‘watching brief’ in support of Dementia Education and Training and End of Life Care.

Paul Chapman, National AHP Programme Manager​

I am the National AHP Programme Manager supporting the delivery of workforce supply across all 14 allied health professions working in the health sector. I oversee all workforce supply projects as we attempt to attract and maintain the supply of an AHPs workforce to work in the current health system.  

Sharon Kibble, Assistant Project Manager – National AHP Programme

I joined HEE in 2017 as an assistant project manager, working in the national AHP and ACP Programme. I am a professionally trained project manager with over 12 years’ experience working in the NHS. I have an MSc in Health Psychology and extensive knowledge of person-centred care and managing long- term conditions. I have coordinated projects in primary, community, acute and social care with an understanding of the broad government agenda. I work with a wonderful team of people and between us, we manage multiple projects nationally. 

Larry Baker, Advanced Practice and Allied Health Professions Project Manager

I work as a project manager, responsible for managing a number of strategically important workstreams across the portfolio including the ACP Credentials Programme as part of the Centre for Advancing Practice. I am also instrumental in developing and embedding strategic change initiatives across the portfolio.

Megan Hughes, Programme Administrator - National AHP Programme

I am the programme administrator for the National AHP programme – delivering administrative support to the SRO, Programme Lead, Programme Manager and Assistant Project Managers within the team, to ensure the AHP programme is managed effectively. I assist with the development and implementation of key programmes and projects to ensure the healthcare workforce meets patient needs and NHS values.

Amanda Hensman-Crook, National AHP Clinical Fellow

I work for Health Education England as an Allied Health Professions National Clinical Fellow. My role is to lead on the training, supervision and governance of First Contact Practitioner (FCP) and Advanced Practice AHP roles moving into primary care. I also maintain some clinical hours as a Consultant MSK Physiotherapist in Primary care. I have been central in the development of FCP since 2014 and developed the national standardised data collection metrics for FCP. My passion is personalised care and I have led on multi-professional cross-boundary service transformations putting the patient in the centre. My background, as an MSK expert, embraces complex co-morbidity, frailty, public health issues, mental health and poly-pharmacy as part of MSK, and I teach post-graduates in complex clinical reasoning and decision making.

Paula Breeze - National AHP Clinical Fellow

I am a qualified Occupational Therapist with 21 years of experience working in the NHS, Social Care, Fire and Rescue Services and Health Education England (HEE).  I currently have two part-time roles; one as a National Allied Health Professional (AHP) Clinical Fellow with HEE where I lead on the pioneering national AHP Faculty project. I am also the Greater Manchester AHP Workforce Programme lead where I work in collaboration with system partners and leaders to create innovative solutions to AHP workforce challenges. I have a special interest in AHP students and enabling them to add value and fulfil their potential in non-traditional settings. Other areas of interest include AHP leadership, suicide prevention, social prescribing, dementia and developing age-friendly communities and services.