Osteopaths to join with Allied Health Professions in NHS Transformation

iO representatives Maurice Cheng, Robin Lansman and Matthew Rogers meet with Suzanne Rastrick

iO representatives Maurice Cheng, Robin Lansman and Matthew Rogers meet with Suzanne Rastrick

The Institute of Osteopathy is delighted to announce that the iO will be working with Suzanne Rastrick, the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer of NHS England, to strengthen the engagement of osteopaths with other health professionals, in the transformation of service delivery to improve patient outcomes.

AHPs form the third largest workforce in the health and care system, and from 1 April 2017, osteopaths will join twelve other autonomous health professions that Suzanne Rastrick represents, whose roles are increasingly seen as key to transforming health care and wellbeing, and increasing capacity across the health and care system.  ‘AHPs into Action’ is the recently announced, crowd sourced strategy developed to unlock this potential, and osteopaths will now be playing their part in this initiative.

Suzanne Rastrick said ‘I am delighted to welcome osteopaths under my remit for Allied Health Professionals, and to the ‘AHPs into Action’ programme. I look forward to working with the Institute of Osteopathy and the community of osteopaths, we plan to demonstrate our continuing pledge to encourage innovation, multi-professional working, and patient centred care.  I look forward to working with the iO senior team, and welcome the opportunity to engage with the wider membership, to ensure osteopaths are recognised for the contribution they make to improving outcomes for patients, and increasing capacity across the health and care system.’

Maurice Cheng, Chief Executive of the Institute of Osteopathy said ‘This new relationship with the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer marks an important milestone for our profession. Over 30,000 people visit an osteopath in the UK every day, and the patient centred and whole person approach to health has always been at the core of osteopathic care.  There are already good examples of the excellent results that arise from osteopaths, GPs and surgeons working together: by building better collaborative working with other health professionals, we know we can raise the contribution that the profession can make to patient wellbeing, and play our part in the mandate for positive change in UK health.’