Year of the Health and Care Workers Seminar Four – ‘Health is Everybody’s Business: maximising the contribution of support and other workforces in health’  


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When considering whole system transformation and changes in health services, it is important to not only think about the contribution of the principal qualified professions, but also the contribution of other staff and people. Harnessing the contribution of support staff, and indeed the wider population, is crucial in both determining the success of service transformations and shaping health outcomes.

This poses interesting questions for planning – on the one hand, it means additional capacity can be bought and brought in quickly to contribute to health services; on the other hand it has to be in full recognition that these are skills that complement rather than replace those of nurses, doctors and other core health workers.

We expect the final seminar in our series to discuss a range of issues, including the importance of whole system design and transformation, the importance of maximising everyone’s contribution to promoting and protecting the public’s health, and the importance of encouraging new and emergent roles and routes into health and care systems. 


Chair: Lord Nigel Crisp, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health

Lord Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the UK House of Lords. He was Chief Executive of the NHS and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health from 2000 to 2006. He has subsequently worked in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia. Lord Crisp also founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health and the global campaign on nursing, ‘Nursing Now’.

Prof Laetitia Rispel, Professor of Public Health at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Laetitia holds a Research Chair on the Health Workforce as part of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI). Laetitia has also won the Senior Africa Oxford Fellowship Award. She was also the first woman from Africa to be elected president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

Justin Ash, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Spire Healthcare

Justin Ash is CEO of Spire Healthcare, an independent hospital group in the United Kingdom. Justin is also Chair of Trustees at the Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET), as well as being a member of the strategic council in Independent Healthcare Providers Network.

Dr Francis Omaswa, Founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST)

Dr Francis founded ACHEST, an independent Think Tank and Network that works to promote leadership and excellence in health. He also founded the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) on top of his duties at several international global health committees.

Maureen Mahoney, Director General (People Management), Ministry for Health, Malta

Maureen Mahoney has worked for the Maltese Ministry for Health for the past 26 years.  She is currently responsible for the HR function in the Ministry and has recently headed a working group tasked with drafting a Health Workforce Strategy for the coming 8 years.

Prof Beverly Harden, National Allied Professions Lead & MultiProfessional Advancing Practice Lead

Prof Beverley Harden FCSP is a proud physiotherapist and an AHP, working as Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (England), Lead AHP in Health Education England and Lead for the national multi professional programme on Advanced and Consultant Practice. Beverley is an Honorary Professor at Winchester University and a Board Trustee for Carers UK.