New Chief Allied Health Professional appointed
Jon Lee has been appointed as the new Chief Allied Health Professional (AHP) at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.
Jon who joined the trust last week, will lead and develop Allied Health Professional services within Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and as part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Care System.
AHPs are the third largest workforce in the NHS and comprise of 14 distinct occupations including: dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, prosthetists and orthotists, diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers, and speech and language therapists.
Jon trained as a Physiotherapist at Bradford University and has worked across the north, south and west of England as well as across south London. He comes to Airedale from the Royal Berkshire hospital in Reading as the Professional Lead of Physiotherapy, Allied Health Professional lead, and Advanced Care Practitioner specialising in shoulders. He has worked extensively over the last three years to develop AHP services and leadership across Berkshire. In 2020 he was nominated and shortlisted for the AHP Leadership Award at the Advancing Healthcare awards for the work he had done on advancing AHPs within his trust and across the region.
“ I think that AHPs are incredibly unique because they are the only professional group that are there at every point of the patient’s journey. Because we see the whole journey we are very uniquely placed to contribute to improving that experience.”
“I’m excited to join the trust and be working with a group of talented professionals and building upon the strong foundations already in place. It’s been fantastic coming in, everyone is so friendly and the hospital site is absolutely beautiful as well which cannot be understated. I’m coming from an inner city organisation to this beautiful idyllic place.“