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Chief Allied Health Professionals Officer

NHS England
Leeds or London
Competitive Salary


The main aim of NHS England is to improve the health outcomes for people in England. We believe the new approach we are taking will really make a difference and deliver the improved health outcomes we all want to see. To help us achieve this vision, we are now seeking to appoint to these two highly influential senior roles.

The Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for England provides system-wide clinical and professional advice and leadership across the 12 allied health professions (AHPs) and all their sub-specialisms. You will be primarily engaged in maximising the contribution of these professions in delivering improved safety, outcomes and a better patient experience as well as delivering better value, through support to commissioners. Reporting to the Director of Acute Episodes of Care, Professor Keith Willett, you will also have professional accountability and input to Health Education England, the Department of Health and Public Health England. In addition, you will be required to provide international representation on all matters relating to the allied health professions in England.

A resilient and credible leader of national or international standing, you must be a currently registered AHP, to lead the 86,000 professionals working in these roles across the NHS. You will need to be adept at maximising capacity through engaging the professional bodies and other key networks in the primary purpose of the NHS and must understand and appreciate the new healthcare system and the values and behaviours it requires for sustained success. A knowledge and understanding of the breadth of the 12 professions is essential, as well as a depth of understanding of the rehabilitation agenda, which this post leads on nationally.

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Recruitment timetable

Timetable of the recruitment process
CandidatesMonday 3rd March
Preliminary Interview
Final Panel

How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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Contact details

Melanie Shearer
0207 426 3971