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Practice learning expansion

A robust and sustainable approach to good quality placements and learning environments is critical for us to effectively expand our workforce by growing the number of Allied Health Professionals in education. To deliver this Health Education England are working collaboratively across professions, universities, Royal Colleges, professional bodies, and with our regulators to share learning and build ambition.

“The tireless commitment of systems to drive placement recovery alongside innovation and growth is testament to the value our systems place upon the skills of AHPs and our future workforce pipeline. The additional opportunity to capitalise upon the use of technology to drive resilient services and maintain training will support the digital transformation across the professions.”

Beverley Harden

£1,199,633 in clinical placement expansion funding across London. 

We are developing communities of practice for placement expansion facilitators, educators and students to embed the work across London. If you would like to get involved please email AHPLondon@hee.nhs.uk

Current placement expectations of AHP regulators and professional bodies 

CapitalAHP Fair Share Model for Practice Learning 

This Fair Share model for Allied Health Professions (AHP) practice placements has been developed in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE) (London region) the London and South East Placement Partnership (LSEAPP) and the Placement provider representatives through the Chief AHP network during 2020-2021. 

The model was prompted by requests from practice educators, AHP education leads and Chief AHPs to help benchmark their provision of practice learning (and supporting the future workforce) relative to workforce capacity. 

The guidance has been developed based on the HEE Non-medical Education Training (NMET) data available for the academic period 2018-2019.  The focus has been on Physiotherapy (PT), Occupational therapy (OT) and Speech and Language therapy (SLT) as these are the disciplines represented in LSEAPP.  The 2018-19 period was used as this represents a period of stability in the placement modelling prior to the Covid-19 pandemic which has disrupted business as usual.

AHP Learning Placement Exchange

We encourage you to use this platform to:

  • Access the most up to date national policy and guidance from arms-length bodies, professional bodies and regulators
  • Share best practice or innovation around expanding placement capacity and improving quality
  • Seek support if you have placement capacity or quality challenges
  • Share information on placements e.g. resources, funding

To access the AHP Learning Exchange you will need to sign up to NHS Futures and email seniorahp-manager@future.nhs.uk for permission to access the area