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Jane Melton appointed to the post of Interim Professional Lead for Allied Health Professionals – One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS)

The health and care system is pleased to confirm that Professor Jane Melton has been appointed to the interim role of Professional Lead for Allied Health Professionals for the One Gloucestershire ICS from July.

Jane, a registered Occupational Therapist, is Director of Engagement and Integration at 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and will carry out the interim ICS role alongside her existing commitments, until April 2020.

Jane has been described as an outstanding Allied Health Professional with significant strategic, clinical and academic leadership experience gained in a 30 year career.

Jane’s ability to successfully collaborate with healthcare professionals and external stakeholders has already been instrumental in the co-development of an integrated AHPP strategy, which was launched with NHS England involvement.

In her new role, Jane will draw on her rich experience to implement the countywide strategy, lead on service modernisation, AHP workforce planning and provide colleagues with strategic and professional leadership.

This will involve building even stronger links with local, regional and national networks and ensuring that education and training is prioritised, so that professionals and patients have access to the best possible support now and in the years to come.

Jane Melton said:

“AHPs have such a breadth of skills, knowledge and expertise and as we have seen locally, they are ideally placed to lead improvements in the health and wellbeing of our population. I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to continue working alongside fellow AHPs, harnessing their energy and enthusiasm as we continue the work of implementing the AHPs into Action programme and support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.”

Gloucestershire ICS Lead, Mary Hutton said:

“With her breadth of experience over many years in the NHS, Jane will be a real asset, providing expertise and advice about AHP issues to the ICS. We know that there’s work to be done to promote and support our AHPs at the heart of the local health and care system and to attract new professionals to Gloucestershire, and I’m delighted that Jane will be championing this work.”

Joint Chief Executive of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Paul Roberts said:

“AHPs in the county provide an invaluable service both within our hospitals and in community settings. Their role goes beyond caring for people’s physical health; it also encompasses social, emotional and mental wellbeing. I am so pleased that Jane will continue to be a leading light in Gloucestershire and working with professional colleagues, she will play a key role in developing and enhancing the role and profile of AHPs at the forefront of local healthcare.”

Interim Chair of One Gloucestershire ICS, Nick Relph said:

“As the third largest workforce in the NHS, AHPs are at the heart of the One Gloucestershire mission of supporting joined up care. Jane Melton has long been a champion for AHP professions and I am delighted that she will be continuing with this work as we develop the Gloucestershire ICS and deliver the NHS Long Term Plan.”

Jane brings a track record of service development that is shared with service users, their families, colleagues and local communities.

Her exceptional contribution to practice was acknowledged through a Fellowship of the College of Occupational Therapists in 2012.

Alongside her dedication to practice, Jane has achieved doctoral level qualifications and published collaborative, research and practice development activity. Her academic connections are maintained through her honorary professorial role with Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.