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Guidance on partnership working between allied health professions and education



Evidence base of visits and meetings undertaken to identify current practice

Between September 2008 and June 2009 the project team met with the following individuals, groups and organisations:

NHS Boards (14 out of 14)

14 Health Boards

25 AHP groups and 6 individual AHPs

4 networks of managers

Local authorities (29 out of 32)

29 groups

School staff

15 groups

Grant-aided special schools


Parents, children and young people

13 groups and individuals

Other stakeholders

17 organisations

Using a semi-structured interview format, the meetings explored the following issues:

  • What was considered good practice in partnership working and local examples.
  • The challenges to successful partnerships.
  • How national guidance might promote and support partnership working.
  • How partnership working makes a difference to outcomes for children and young people.

While efforts were made to gain children's and young people's perspective, it was difficult to specifically identify their views of the partnerships between adults working with them.

Over the two years of the project the development officers also met regularly with colleagues from Scottish Government working in related policy areas (Table 1) and a broad range of relevant stakeholders (Table 2):

Table 1.

Health directorates

Getting it right for every child

Curriculum for Excellence

Additional support for learning

Positive behaviour team

Early years team

Parental involvement team

National continuing professional development team

Mental health

Equally Well - Health and wellbeing in schools project

Table 2.

Allied Health Professions Children's Services Action Group

AHP Therapy Managers Networks

AHP Directors and Leads

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education ( HMIE)

Learning and Teaching Scotland

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland

Art Therapists

The Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland

Children in Scotland and Enquire

Association for All Speech Impaired Children ( AFASIC)

I CAN - working to support children, families and children's services (speech, language, communication needs)

Capability Scotland

Contact a Family Scotland

Downs Syndrome Scotland

For Scotland's Disabled Children

Independent Specialist Educational Advice ( ISEA)

National Parent Involvement Co-ordinator

Mediation Services: Resolve, Common Ground

The project consulted with academic colleagues from:

Queen Margaret University

University of Strathclyde

University of Aberdeen

Scottish Teacher Education Committee

Communication Aids for Language and Learning ( CALL) Sense Scotland (Edinburgh University)

We also consulted with AHP professional bodies:

Chartered Society of PhysiotherapistsCollege of Occupational Therapists

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Allied Health Professions Forum Scotland

Consultation process

Following the engagement process a draft document was published on 4th December 2009. In addition to written comments, the consultation involved further engagement with parents and professionals during focus groups. After the consultation period concluded (4th February 2010) this final document was produced taking account of the evidence gathered during consultation. A response document summarising what people said and how this final document responded to comments has been published on the Scottish Government website 26. The responses submitted for sharing are also available on the Scottish Government website. 27