Launched - the HEE Allied Health Professions’ Research and Innovation Strategy for England

The Allied Health Professions’ Research and Innovation Strategy for England was launched today at a breakfast broadcast to 1000 people, hosted by Health Education England (HEE). 

This Strategy comprises a definitive collective national reference statement that encompasses and supports the existing research and innovation strategies of all the Allied Health professional associations.


The scope of the HEE Strategy addresses four domains. Each of these aspects are inter-dependent and are all equally important to achieve transformational impact and sustainable change:

  • Capacity and engagement of the AHP workforce community, to implement research into practice;
  • Capability for individuals to undertake and achieve excellence in research and innovation activities, roles, careers and leadership;
  • Context for AHPs to have equitable access to sustainable support, infrastructures and investment;
  • Culture for AHP perceptions and expectations of professional identities and roles that “research is everybody’s business”.


Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professional Officer England, said:

“Research and innovation is key to ensuring safe evidence based practice to support the people who access our services.  It enables us to make a difference, whether that is creating new knowledge, enhancing services, improving outcomes or developing our people. 

This first ever Strategy focused specifically on AHP research and innovation not only outlines our aspirations as an AHP community, it also seeks to address the role of each individual within this area.

The accelerated rate of innovation and the versatility of the whole AHP community as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic is testament to our collective and individual capabilities. I urge readers to use these experiences together with this Strategy as a springboard to maintain this momentum.”


Read the full Strategy at the link below.

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