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Describing Good: The Case for Improved Data in Allied Health

In many aspects of clinical care there is the ability to describe what “good” care looks like quantitatively e.g. time to thrombolysis for acute stroke onset. This is a challenge for the diverse workforce grouping that is grouped under Allied Health. It was highlighted by the 2014 Nuffield Trust Quality Watch Report which noted the ability to count the numbers and cost of Allied Health professionals, but the contribution to quality is more difficult to capture. Qualitatively, there is little debate as to the value add of the Allied Health grouping, especially with regard to allow people to “live well” with long term conditions. And there is hope that within professions, and increasingly across professions, there is the ability to capture the benefit within the data of the Allied Health contribution. However, the challenge remains that this grouping must continue to look at how to count the benefit of the services they provide, to in turn be able to engage forcibly in the conversation of what optimised healthcare delivery looks like.



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Martin Chadwick joined Counties Manukau District Health Board, Auckland, NZ in May 2010 to take up the role of Director Allied Health. He has over 20 years of health experience in a range of roles in both the USA and NZ and has filled a variety of clinical, managerial and strategic leadership roles. He has published on the use of the unregistered workforce and the models of care that can best use this workforce, and has competed post graduate research looking at developing normative models for service delivery in allied health and is currently completing his doctorate examining workforce change.


He is passionate about the untapped potential that allied health professions can bring in improving the quality of care provided to our populations. Other areas of interest in healthcare centre around the concepts of capacity and production planning to ensure that health services maintain the capacity to meet demand for services.


Martin Chadwick

Allied Health, Counties Manukau DHB

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