RCSLT Conference 2017 Panel session


 Jo FillinghamDr. Joanne Fillingham

Joanne is a speech and language therapist who qualified in 1998 and completed a PhD in 2005. Since then she has worked in clinical and leadership roles, across primary, community and secondary care settings at a local, regional and national level. She was the first to be appointed to the role of Clinical Fellow to the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer in NHS England and led the delivery of ‘AHPs into Action’. She joined NHS Improvement as the first Clinical Director for Allied Health Professions in December 2016 were she provides expertise on how NHS Improvement can work to support trusts in service improvement and the professional development of AHPs. 

Joanne, @jkfillingham, is also passionate about the harnessing the use of social media to transform care. She co-founded @WeAHPs with @NaomiMcVey @HelenOwen3 and the support of #WeCommunities, #ResNetSLT twitter journal club with @HazelRoddam1 @EmmaPagnamenta and the support of @RCSLT and also supports @WestMidRCSLTHub







Jacqui Lunday Johnstone OBE

Jacqui is the chief health professions officer at the Scottish Government. She was appointed as the chief health professions officer in April 2006 and before that was the first allied health professions officer in the Scottish Government Health Department from September 2002. 

She has a professional leadership and policy lead role for the 13 AHP groups and the 51 healthcare science professions. She provides advice to ministers and the Government on professional matters affecting all 64 disciplines including education, training, regulation and role/service development as well as leading on policy for adult rehabilitation and falls prevention. She also led the Scottish Government ‘Person Centred Health and Care Programme’.

In 2007 she was appointed as technical advisor to the World Health Organisation and has led an international programme of work in virtual networks for health professionals to support inter-professional learning and collaboration and is convenor of ICHPO, a network of international government officials leading on health profession development. Jacqui was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University from Queen Margaret University in recognition of her significant contribution to education and public service.

She is an honorary fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and in 2015 received an OBE in the Queens’ Honours list.





Hazel Winning

Hazel Winning is the lead allied health professions officer at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland. She is currently working as the lead allied health professions (AHP) officer at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland (NI). Within this role, she has responsibility for twelve allied health professions. This role includes ensuring the Minister and Department of Health have timely and expert professional contribution and advice on all matters relating to AHPs.

Hazel leads on the development of AHP policy in relation to professional standards and practice, quality and safety, workforce development and planning to ensure the AHP workforce is fit for purpose in line with ministerial and strategic direction. 

Hazel’s professional background is occupational therapy and she has worked across a wide range of clinical areas within a range of service models including acute, community, adult and paediatric, education and so on, working within uni-professional, multi-professional, integrated teams, etc before moving into senior management/leadership roles.

Hazel has led regionally on many initiatives and projects, representing her profession/AHP at a local level, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Some of the Department of Health initiatives currently being taken forward regionally include implementation of NI AHP strategy ‘Improving health and wellbeing through positive partnerships’  2012-2017, NI Regional  Supervision Policy for AHPs, implementation of AHP Leadership Programmes, AHP Alumni, Department of Health Educational Commissioning to determine postgraduate training needs for the workforce. The Department of Health is also currently commencing a workforce review of AHP to help determine our AHP workforce for current and future service needs.






Alison Shakeshaft

Alison Shakeshaft is the director of therapies and health science at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Wales. She qualified as a dietitian in 1988 and worked across a variety of clinical specialities and dietetic management posts to 2007. She then joined the Delivery and Support Unit (DSU), initially as programme support manager for Diagnostics and Therapies and later as the national programme manager for the Focus on ENT Programme. During her time with the DSU, Alison was seconded into the Performance Management, Waiting Times and Emergency Care Branch of Welsh Assembly Government one day per week.

Alison was the therapy member of Caerphilly Local Health Board from 2003-2007. She has been actively involved for many years with national projects across the therapy professions and was chair of Welsh Therapies Advisory Committee from 2005-2008.

Alison returned to Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in 2010 in a dual role as the clinical director of therapies and assistant director of therapies and health science. As clinical director of therapy services within Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, she led a number of therapy services: nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry and orthotics, speech and language therapy and psychological services for children and families.

In her assistant director role, Alison took lead responsibility for education, training and workforce.  She is a strong advocate for personal and professional development and has been actively involved with a number of local and national workstreams around education of both qualified staff and healthcare support workers. Alison has recently finished a three-year term as the external examiner for the BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics Programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

In her current role as executive director for therapies and health science, Alison has professional responsibility for 18 distinct professional groups. She holds the executive lead within the Health Board for the major health conditions, falls, university status and health and safety/fire safety.





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