Leadership of allied health professions in trusts: What exists and what matters (22/23 re-audit)

Closed 19 Jun 2022

Opened 4 Apr 2022


Over the past four years the Office of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer have had a focus on developing AHP leadership capacity and capability.

In 2017 we began our initial work on this through a survey to trusts in England aimed at gaining an understanding of their current AHP leadership arrangements. From this work, we were able to establish an evidence base for the guidance we published in 2018, ‘Leadership of allied health professions in trusts: what exists and what matters’ which was around developing AHP leadership in these organisations.

In 2020 we ran another survey to gain an understanding of the changes in AHP leadership capacity and capability over the years and we saw that there had been positive change since 2017, demonstrating greater diveristy and representation of AHPs in leadership positions.

We are now initiating our next review of AHP leadership in trusts, with the aim of reviewing the development of AHP leadership capacity, and how this has changed since 2020. We would be most grateful for your contribution to the survey which should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.Through your input, we will be gain a contemporary view of AHP leadership capacity and capability of the trusts in England which will serve to inform our support offer and allow us to make recommendations going forward to continue the development of AHP leadership and capacity.


  • Paramedics
  • Art therapists
  • Drama therapists
  • Music therapists
  • Chiropodists/podiatrists
  • Dietitians
  • Occupation therapists
  • Orthotists
  • Orthopists
  • Prosthesists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Diagnostic radiographers
  • Therapeutic radiographers
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Allied health professionals
  • Foundation trusts
  • Mental health trusts
  • Community healthcare trusts
  • NHS trusts


  • NHS England