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Mental Health and AHPs


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During my work with the NHS, I am constantly meeting interesting people. Recently I met Elaine Hunter who is the author of the report 'Realising Potential - An Action Plan for Allied Health Porfessionals in Mental Health'. 

What's an Allied Health Professional? It's a simple description for a range of health professionals, ranging from Art Therapists through to Speech and Language Therapists. Like a lot of people, I had made the assumption AHP equals physiotherapist. I was wrong.

This comprehensive piece of work details the challenges of facing up to mental health for the full range of Allied Health Professionals,(AHP). I was surprised to find it was well written and accessible, even to someone like myself, an interested lay person. But I was actually heartened by the recommendations, which appear to have 'best practice' at their centre.

I wanted to talk to Elaine about the way as an AHP adviser to the Scottish Government, she went about putting the report together. What were her reflections on the report writng process?

How did she find the wider AHP community as she compiled the input? So,in this short podcast, from a very echoey St Andrews House in Edinburgh, Elaine and I sat down to talk.

Listen to Elaine Hunter here.



Think FRESh, think Fintry

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Fintry is the village in Stirlingshire. The Development Trust there has a windturbine. The community are doing some amazing things; tackling fuel poverty, insulating and other 'community based' activities.

The most amazing thing about the place is the people. On the evidence of meeting a number of them; surprise surprise; they're normal. They worry about jobs, their kids, and all the general stuff we all do. However, where they are different is this.

They have collectively got off their butts and put together an event which is about passing on knowledge. On Friday 9th and Saturday 10th March, you can come along to see a varied menu of goodies. There will an interesting tussle of words and movie clips between an ice cream magnate and land activist in a 'no holds barred' debate refereed by a TV celebrity. Al Gore will be there, on film. You can visit and touch wind turbines. Local people who are living with bio mass, heat pumps and solar panels are throwing their doors open for a wee nosey, if you like. It's all free and gratis.

If the weather is half way good then it is a stunning part of the country; convenient for all the main Scottish towns. For my part, I will be going along expecting to learn something, meet some great people and generally have a fine old time. Hope to see you there.