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.