The landscape of the NHS is changing, and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) are increasingly being utilised to support service delivery. AHPs are the third largest workforce in the health and care system, and make up 6% of the NHS workforce, with salary costs of over £2 billion per year. Despite these material sums of money being invested in services, there is limited benchmarking information available in this area. Therapy services are not typically unbundled from PbR, and transactional data has therefore historically been limited.
The Network’s benchmarking project explores the potential of four AHP services, and the impact that using the AHP workforce effectively and efficiently can have on the health system. This project supports the AHPs into Action agenda and focuses on the four services; Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Speech and Language therapy and Dietetics, all in acute settings, where timely assessment and treatment is key to maintaining patient flows and reducing length of stay.
This project is for all providers of Acute led therapy services. Subscribing members will receive:
An interactive online toolkit, allowing you to benchmark your service across hundreds of metrics
A bespoke dashboard report outlining key metrics, and highlighting your reported positions
A high-level report outlining key messages nationally
A good practice compendium of information supplied by member participants
Free attendance at annual conferences, accessing presentations on project key findings, from national policy leads and members
Good practice case studies on how members use the benchmarking to improve service delivery
2017/18 benchmarking project
In 2017, 93 separate organisations took part across the four specialties, comprising:
Physiotherapy – 82 organisations
Occupational therapy – 78 organisations
Dietetics – 67 organisations
Speech and Language Therapy – 52 organisations
2019/20 benchmarking project
The Acute Therapies is included in the 2019/20 work programme, collecting 2018/19 data.
For queries about this project, please contact Chris McAuley.