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NHS: Allied Health Professional Services

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to collate information about the number of redundancies, vacancies, average caseload, referrals and waiting times for ancillary medical professions such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and midwifery in the National Health Service in England.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We are not aware of any intention to collate information about the number of redundancies, vacancies, average caseload, referrals and waiting times for ancillary medical professions such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and midwifery in the National Health Service in England.

The average caseload, referrals and waiting times for allied health professionals (AHPs), including physiotherapy and occupational therapy, are not collected centrally.

The Transforming Community Services: Allied Health Professional Referral to Treatment Guide, published in March 2010, sets out a framework of rules for clock starts and clock stops to measure waiting times for patients when accessing National Health Service AHP services. A copy of the guide has been placed in the Library. Nationally, AHP referral to treatment data collection and reporting was due to be mandated from April 2011. However, as part of the public health spending reviews the implementation date for collecting data is being reviewed. In the mean time, there is nothing to prevent local NHS organisations from continuing to collect this data locally to help them identify where service improvement is most needed.

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