The 14 Allied Health Professions – ranging from art therapists, through paramedics to radiographers – form the third largest workforce in health and care. The breadth of AHPs’ skills and their reach across people’s lives and organisations makes them ideally placed to lead and support change and improvement.

That is just part of the reason I was delighted to see more than 200 Surrey Heartlands AHPs turning up for the first conference of its kind in our region. Together they heard Suzanne Rastrick, NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, call on them to do more to lead change.

I would also like to add my congratulations to Professor Helen Rostill and her team on being awarded the Health Service Journal’s Award for Improving Care with Technology in celebration of their outstanding Technology Integrated Health Management project that is achieving so much.

And Helen’s team wasn’t the only award winner this month. No fewer than two Surrey Heartlands partners were awarded Atrial Fibrillation Association Healthcare Pioneer Awards for their work in separate areas of Atrial Fibrillation care. So congratulations too to the Royal Surrey County Hospital team and the team from the Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN) Alliance for Atrial Fibrillation (AF).

With very best wishes,

Dr Claire Fuller, Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands