The Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) is supported by 13 AHP organisations. The council comprises a strategy committee, a professoriate and a UK-wide regional hub network.
The council's mission is to develop AHP research, strengthen evidence of the professions’ value and impact for enhancing service user and community care, and enable the professions to speak with one voice on research issues, thereby raising their profile and increasing their influence.
To deliver its mission CAHPR has set out four strategic objectives:
- To meld outward facing strategic activity with capacity building at all levels to develop the scale, depth and quality of AHP research activity
- To promote research collaborations across the AHPs, between practitioners and with other organisations and professions, and in ways that promote patient and public involvement
- To create a UK wide structure (within the context of national priorities and European and international developments) for AHP research, underpinned by a supportive regional network
- To maximise AHP organisations’ shared capacity for strategic research and influencing
With excellent opportunities for learning, sharing, networking, collaborations and access to advice and support, CAHPR strengthens the professions’ research activities and outputs facilitating the translation of research findings into practice and education.
The Council for Allied Health Professions Research launched in November 2014.
CAHPR was formed from the Research Forum for Allied Health (RFAHP) and the Allied Health Professions Research Network (AHPRN).
The RFAHP was established in November 2000, supported by the AHP federation, as a UK-wide organisation with representatives from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The AHPRN was formed in 2011, in response to other AHPs interest in joining the existing National Physiotherapy Research Network (NPRN). Its vision was to create a network of nationwide hubs with expertise in facilitating research.