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Developing allied health professional leaders — an interactive guide for clinicians and trust boards

A new publication, 'Developing allied health professional leaders: a guide for trust boards and clinicians', as launched last week and available to download on the NHS Improvement website via

This new resource shares the findings from a n NHS Improvement project, to explore common factors which contribute to AHP leadership development. By combining trust executives' expectations about chief AHP leadership, with individual accounts from chief AHP leaders (see - 'Investing in chief allied health professional leadership: insights from trust executives'), we have identified the common features that combine to create a platform and framework for AHP leadership at all levels.

It was developed to provide ideas and opportunities for aspiring AHP leaders and those who support the development of the AHP workforce, to ensure that the AHP workforce is developing the leaders required for the future.

The guide will also be useful for:

  • AHPs with leadership aspirations
  • those supporting the development of future AHP leaders
  • those developing AHP leadership capacity and capability in their organisation and system
  • those supporting AHP workforce appraisal processes
  • career coaching and mentoring conversations