Q1. How many AHP Consultants will there be?
There is no maximum number identified
but the Future Directions strategy sets an initial target
of 12 consultants by 2004.
Q2. Is there any central funding available for
AHP Consultant posts?
No, not for funding the posts.
However, monies will be made available to train and develop
AHP Consultants once they are in post. This will be directed
towards the development of leadership skills.
Q3. How many AHP Consultants are currently in
A. As yet the first AHP Consultant has not
been established in Scotland. Although there are currently
a number of potential posts in development.
range of appointments have already been made in NHS England
Consultant Physiotherapists (pain
Occupational Therapists (rehabilitation,
Dieticians (diabetes, obesity)
Q4. How should I proceed with my submission?
Should I develop the submission and then seek funding
or have guaranteed funding prior to developing the submission?
A. Both need to be progressed and agreed in
parallel. Funding can be explored and secured with partners
e.g. Voluntary Sector, Local Authority, Higher Education
Q5. How does
the Consultant role compare to the roles of Clinical Specialists
and Extended Scope Practitioners?
Head/Supt 3 (equiv)
Any 5 points between £33,940 and
£24,995 to £27,600
- Exceptionally high level of clinical expertise.
- Recognised as making a distinguished contribution
to his/her profession
- Professional/Clinical leadership.
- Practice and service development.
- Research and education.
- Very high level of clinical responsibility
- Specialists clinical
knowledge and practice.
- Extended roles as agreed by/with professional
- Clinical responsibility for specialist case load
Which professions are included?
A. All the following professions:
Art & Music Therapists
Prosthetists and Orthotists
Radiographers (Therapeutic & Diagnostic)
Speech & Language Therapists
a Consultant post have an area
wide or regional remit?
a Consultant post be part-time or job share?
A. In principal, the answer is yes to both.
We are not aware of any Nurse Consultant posts that are
part-time or job share but there are examples of senior
management and medical consultant posts that work successfully
in this way.
If you wish to proceed along this route, it is even
more important that you define the parameters of the post
and the available infrastructure for the post holder/
How do I submit a proposal?
(a) Contact should be made as early as possible
with the Allied Health Professions Officer to discuss the
development of an AHP Consultant post.
Proposals should be sent to:-
Ms Jacqui Lunday
Allied Health Professions Officer
St Andrews House
Room GE 05
Tel No: 0131 244 2311
What else should I include in the submission?
A. Incorporated into the submission should
A covering letter giving details
of the specific nature of the post, which should also
include contact information for particular organisations
and the proposer.
Background information in support
of the development of this post including, policy context,
health needs assessment, impact on patient care, service
development issues links with regional networks (such
as cancer/stroke/diabetes etc.) sign up by key stakeholders
and strategic partnerships.
- A draft job description person specification and job plan
including clinical practice/public health function.
- Education/research funding.
- Risk Assessment.
- Management/support structures and lines of accountability.
- A provisional assessment of salary.
- A timetable and details of the appointment process.
- Confirmation of agreed recurrent funding from NHS Board
and other partner organisations.
This is the first consultant submission I have written. I am not sure if it is what is required by the
assessment panel. What
should I do?
There are a number of options available:
i) Check that you have included all the
information outlined on the proforma. Where possible
submissions should be written in this format.
ii) Find an example of a successful Nurse
Consultant proposal. It you have a Nurse Consultant
in your or a neighbouring organisation, there should
be a submission available. Contacts should normally
be made through the Director of Nursing.
Some AHP Directors and Directors of Nursing have kindly
made some successful proposals available to us. If you
would like a copy of one, please contact the AHP office
on 0131 244 2311, or view them on the AHP website:-
iii) If you have any questions about your submission
and/or would like some help, once you have completed
the first draft, call us in the AHP office (number as
What academic qualifications should I request as
essential on the personal specification?
No specific details of minimum education
requirements are given in any of the documents but it is
very clear that to fulfil the role successfully, post holders
will have to be working at or towards masters level. The
personal specifications for some of the nurse consultant
posts have requested a first degree as a minimum standard.
Q13. Can I upgrade staff in current specialist posts to the Consultant
The title Consultant Practitioner will ONLY apply to new
posts established under the agreement set out in Advance
Letter PCS (PAM)(PTA) 2003/1. The title must not be awarded
to individuals in recognition of innovative or excellent
practice or used to redesign posts around existing post
holders, i.e. advanced practitioners. Remember that grading
is based on the post NOT the person.
Q14. How will the proposals be assessed?
A virtual assessment panel will be convened
with a range of experts who have relevant specialist knowledge
and strategic experience for each consultant post proposal.
This process will be co-ordinated by the Allied Health Professions
Q15. Who will participate in assessment panel?
range of representatives and experts may include:-
Allied Health Professions Officer
Research & Development representative
Workforce Development Unit representative.
An expert practitioner in the specialist
AHP or Service Director/Manager
AHP Professional body representative
Q16. How will the AHP Consultant
posts be advertised?
consultant posts will be advertised nationally by the prospective
employees and all equal opportunity rules will apply.
Q17. Where/how will the AHP Consultant be line managed?
are a complex group of professions which sit in a variety
of structures within and across organisations. Line management
arrangements will vary from organisation to organisation
but the seniority of the post, the strategic role and best
fit should be taken into consideration when making the decision.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy paper PA56 Physiotherapy
Consultant(NHS): Role, Attributes and Guidance for Establishing
Posts 3.2.2 states that consultants will have clinical responsibilities
beyond their immediate management structure, but that normal
principles will apply. Physiotherapy Consultants could therefore
be managed by a
Superintendent III manager.
In order to maximise the
success of the consultant role, the issues around working
relationships and accountability should be discussed and
agreed as part of the process of establishing the post.
UNI PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS
Winning Posts Consultant Podiatrists
The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
1 Fellmongers Path
Tel: 0207 234 8620
Physiotherapy Consultant (NHS): Role,
Attributes and Guidance for Establishing Posts
Information Paper No. PA56
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Tel 020 7306 6633
Developing the business case for
Tel: 020 7740 7200
BAAT Guidelines to Establishing Consultant
Art Therapist Posts
The British Association of Art Therapists
16-19 Southampton Place
0207 745 7262
Dietetic Consultant Posts
Your Questions Answered
The British Dietetics Association
5th Floor Charles House
148/9 Great Charles Street
Tel: 0121 200 8080
Leadership for Consultant Post for
and Language Therapists
2 White Hart Yard
Tel: 020 7378 1200
British Association of Prosthetists
Abbey Mill Business Centre
Tel: 0141 561 7217
Tavistock House North
Tel: 020 7387 7992
Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist
Consultant Occupational Therapist
of Occupational Therapists
Education and Practice
106 114 Borough High
Tel: 020 7357 6480