The Allied Health Professions (AHPs) comprise of 14 distinct occupations including: art therapists, dietitians, drama therapists, music therapists, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, osteopaths, paramedics, physiotherapists, podiatrists, prosthetists and orthotists, diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers, and speech and language therapists.
if the themes we identified in phases 1 and 2, from citizens and healthcare professionals are correct and if we have interpreted everything you’ve told us correctly. It is the final opportunity to shape the development of the strategy.
This conversation is open to anyone over the age of 16 in England. We want to hear from as many people as possible with a wide range of backgrounds, views and experiences of using any health and social care services commissioned by the NHS.
Please encourage your friends, family members and colleagues to join our conversation. It really is for everyone.
This is the third online conversation, taking place in July, for everyone to respond to the themes that were identified by the public and healthcare professionals in phases 1 and 2. This third conversation will open to citizens, Allied Health Professions and others working across health and social care, so you can come together to let us know if we have interpreted everything you’ve told us correctly. It is the final opportunity to shape the development of the strategy.
If you’ve signed up to take part in this conversation we will email you and let you know when the final conversation opens.
This will create the basis of the new strategy for Allied Health Professionals, co-created with citizens and professionals. Once finalised this will replace the AHP's into Action strategy which was produced in a similar way 5 years ago and has successfully run its course. The new strategy will be published in Spring 2022.
To join in your need to:
- Register on
- The system will automatically send you an email containing your username and password (please check your spam/junk folders if it doesn’t arrive)
- Log in to ahpslisten.org at anytime between 5th July - 26th July– as many times as you like!
- Follow the simple steps on the platform to take part – read, vote, comment, debate, suggest, challenge – whatever you are motivated to do.
The rules are simple:
- Personal comments, either by naming individuals, or comments which make identifying individuals possible should not be made and will be taken down by Clever Together, the site moderators.
- Abusive or offensive content will not be tolerated and Clever Together will anonymously contact you if this is the case.
- Clever Together work independently and will not share instances when they have had to contact users.
- The website is intended to be an open and transparent platform for anyone to share their views about the future of the care and services provided by Allied Health professionals. No comments will be removed because moderators do not like them or they are perceived to be in bad taste. They will only be removed if they are deemed abusive or offensive.
- If you don’t like a comment or idea which you think is in bad taste, just hit the thumbs down button!
- If you see a post that causes you concern please hit the report button and let the facilitators know.
The platform we are using is primarily for those over the age of 16, this is to keep you safe under the General Data Protection Regulations. If you would like to share your views we ask that your parent or guardian sign up to the conversation and that you work together to add your ideas and comments.
The website and the online workshop are provided by our independent partners, Clever Together. If you’re having difficulty using the website, or experience any problems, please email them directly at - they'll respond promptly.
Our online conversation works a bit like a physical meeting or workshop, but unlike a typical physical conversation the online conversation doesn’t require you to be there at the same time. It uses a virtual room in which everyone can join from any internet-connected device to have their voice heard, any time day or night.
Anything you share in the online conversation will be visible to others taking part in the conversation. However, your personal details will not be visible on the platform - your information will not be shown next to any of your ideas, comments or votes. This means your ideas will be treated by other participants based on their merit, not based on who you are.
The online debates are managed by Clever Together and no one will be able to identify you, not even the Clever Together team unless you share any personal, abusive or offensive content. We welcome uncomfortable and controversial ideas, but personal, abusive or offensive content will not be tolerated and Clever Together will contact you if this is the case. Clever Together work independently and will not share instances when they have had to contact users.
We will only use your personal data in relation to this conversation. It will never be passed on to parties not involved in the project and will never be used for any other purpose. We will delete personal data we hold about you within 30 days of project completion.
This online conversation is being facilitated by an independent organisation called Clever Together. In order to facilitate the conversation the team may need to:
- Merge some ideas that have similar content. When two ideas are merged, all votes and comments are transferred to the new idea and the title may be reworded to better capture its essence.
- Split some ideas that discuss multiple topics in one post. If your post contains more than one idea, the facilitation team may choose to break the post up into multiple posts.
- Deal with inappropriate contributions. If contributions are reported to the facilitators as being inappropriate or highly offensive, the moderators may remove an idea or comment.
- If a facilitator has made any changes to your idea/comment you be sent an automated response to explain what has happened - this email will be sent by the system and we won't know who you are.
This project is being delivered by Clever Together on behalf of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer and NHS England and NHS Improvement. Click here to read the blog from Suzanne Rastrick, the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England.