This week saw the launch of the Health Education England / AHP Research & Innovation Strategy. All 14 AHP professional bodies have worked together to support project lead Dr Hazel Roddam, Consultant for research and evaluation in allied health practice.

The BDA has been closely involved in developing the research and innovation strategy through participation in a mapping exercise and two structured group workshops. 

The mapping exercise involved looking at the numbers of dietitians with PHD’s and how many dietitians are Professors and how many have has NIHR funded awards. 

The first structured workshops involved looking at ways of improving research capacity, research capability and changing culture and ways of measuring impact. The second workshop involved shaping the strategic aims, and looking at an implementation plan and a media strategy.

Strategic aims of the Strategy include:

  • Transforming AHP professional identities and culture, with the objective of embedding research, innovation and quality improvement in AHP roles.
  • The delivery of excellence in evidence based AHP practice
  • Ensuring that national strategic research agendas and priorities are explicitly inclusive of allied health research and innovation.

Keep an eye out for future events during the course of 2022, including a webinar series for in-depth discussion of the Vision statements & key Strategic Aims.

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Judy Lawrence

Research Officer, British Dietetic Association