Primary Health Care: Allied Health Professions

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th December 2021.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure Allied Health Professions workforce reconfiguration within primary care settings is sustainable.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Under the Primary Care Network Directed Enhanced Service, networks are able to recruit new roles to expand their care team with the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS). NHS England and NHS Improvement supply practices with the description of the ARRS roles to inform practices and ensure they make the best decision in recruiting for their practice, to utilise staff to their potential.

In order to ensure that recruitment of allied health professionals (AHPs) into primary care is sustainable, we are supporting training, supervision and general practitioner’s understanding of these new roles. Health Education England also support AHPs to develop throughout their career, via advanced practice and new roles.

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