Untapped Resources – call for more use of accredited registers

WP_Post Object
(
    [ID] => 12903
    [post_author] => 5
    [post_date] => 2017-11-01 10:01:08
    [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-01 10:01:08
    [post_content] => Professional Standards Association logoThe Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) yesterday launched a report showing how RSHoms and others on accredited registers are currently supporting the public’s health and exploring the factors that may be hampering their further utilisation. The Society of Homeopaths is the only homeopaths register accredited by the PSA.

There are nearly 80,000 healthcare professionals on accredited registers in the UK, representing a huge workforce with potential to make a significant contribution to promoting and protecting the public’s health. The project included a survey completed by over 4,500 members of accredited registers, along with a series of focus groups and one-to-one interviews to explore the views and experiences of the workforce in more detail. A public opinion poll with a nationally representative 2,000-strong sample investigated how members of the public interact with and perceive the AR workforce.
“Accredited Register practitioners are ideally positioned to have lifestyle health conversations with their patients” – said Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the RSPH Harry Cayton, chief executive of the PSA commented “There is huge potential for this workforce to contribute to individual wellbeing and public health objectives”
Some of the key facts to emerge from the study are:
  • 9 in 10 practitioners on accredited registers consider their job role to include “promoting the public’s health”
  • 94% of practitioners have average appointment lengths of over 40 minutes
  • Three quarters of the accredited registers workforce feel under-utilised in promoting the public’s health.
  • RSPH and PSA report accredited registers workforce is an 80,000-strong untapped resource to tackle public health challenges
  The report proposed a number of initiatives to utilise accredited register professionals more:
  • Creating a regularly updated list of services bringing all local signposting information together, maintained and disseminated to AR practitioners through public health teams.
  • Introducing a standardised health assessment tool to be introduced in appropriate occupations. This could help identify unaddressed lifestyle health issues, and provide an opportunity to raise matters sensitively.
  • Employers to put in place benefit schemes for their staff, either subsidising access to the services of an AR occupation, or providing in-house specialists, such as counsellors.
  • AR practitioners to have more authority to make direct NHS referrals, in appropriate cases, thereby reducing the administrative burden on GP surgeries.
Untapped Resources: Accredited Registers in the Wider Workforce  [post_title] => Untapped Resources - call for more use of accredited registers [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => untapped-resources-call-for-more-use-of-accredited-registers [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-21 15:01:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-21 15:01:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://homeopathy-soh.org/?p=12903 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Professional Standards Association logoThe Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) yesterday launched a report showing how RSHoms and others on accredited registers are currently supporting the public’s health and exploring the factors that may be hampering their further utilisation. The Society of Homeopaths is the only homeopaths register accredited by the PSA.

There are nearly 80,000 healthcare professionals on accredited registers in the UK, representing a huge workforce with potential to make a significant contribution to promoting and protecting the public’s health. The project included a survey completed by over 4,500 members of accredited registers, along with a series of focus groups and one-to-one interviews to explore the views and experiences of the workforce in more detail. A public opinion poll with a nationally representative 2,000-strong sample investigated how members of the public interact with and perceive the AR workforce.

“Accredited Register practitioners are ideally positioned to have lifestyle health conversations with their patients” – said Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the RSPH

Harry Cayton, chief executive of the PSA commented “There is huge potential for this workforce to contribute to individual wellbeing and public health objectives”

Some of the key facts to emerge from the study are:

  • 9 in 10 practitioners on accredited registers consider their job role to include “promoting the public’s health”
  • 94% of practitioners have average appointment lengths of over 40 minutes
  • Three quarters of the accredited registers workforce feel under-utilised in promoting the public’s health.
  • RSPH and PSA report accredited registers workforce is an 80,000-strong untapped resource to tackle public health challenges

 

The report proposed a number of initiatives to utilise accredited register professionals more:

  • Creating a regularly updated list of services bringing all local signposting information together, maintained and disseminated to AR practitioners through public health teams.
  • Introducing a standardised health assessment tool to be introduced in appropriate occupations. This could help identify unaddressed lifestyle health issues, and provide an opportunity to raise matters sensitively.
  • Employers to put in place benefit schemes for their staff, either subsidising access to the services of an AR occupation,
    or providing in-house specialists, such as counsellors.
  • AR practitioners to have more authority to make direct NHS referrals, in appropriate cases, thereby reducing the
    administrative burden on GP surgeries.

Untapped Resources: Accredited Registers in the Wider Workforce 

Share this page