I have experienced a varied and extensive career. I am a physiotherapist by profession and I worked clinically for many years. Having moved to higher education my interests now include policy, health care innovation and multi professional practice. With a proven record in project management. I have been able to lead, manage and evaluate projects in both the university, with the not-for-profit sector e.g. Macmillan Cancer Care and arm's-length bodies such as NHS Improvement.
I was project leader in developing the Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) degree programme, adding to the portfolio of health care courses available at Kingston and St. Georges.
I was a member of the Athena Swan team to gain the Silver award and continue to contribute to improving equity in our organisation.
As the Learning and teaching lead for the department of rehabilitation sciences, I conducted an institutional wide audit to evaluation the feedback process within the university.
I am passionate about developing the educational experience of healthcare professionals who are fit for purpose in today's health and social care settings. Most recently I undertook a piece of evaluation work for NHS Improvement (NHSI) exploring the leadership landscape for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) across the UK. More development in the field of AHP leadership is required to promote their impact and am instrumental in helping to shape it.
2018-2019 I led a piece of evaluation research for St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Care. The work was conducted under the Kingston University Enterprise Limited (KUEL). The intervention was for patients and carers to enhance their own recovery and preparation for surgery. The outcome has informed the stakeholders of the impact of the intervention and how this approach could be rolled out nationally and would be significant for the benefit of patients and those affected by cancer.
2017 I have undertaken and am still producing work for NHS Improvement. These projects included
the 'Leadership of allied health professions in trusts in England: what exists and what matters',
Investing in Allied Health Professions' Leadership in NHS Trust in England: trust board-level insights
AHP Career Journeys- an interactive guidance to a Leadership Career
Palma, Stuart, Harding, Deborah and Treadwell, Liz (2019) Developing allied health professional leaders : a guide for trust boards and clinicians. (Other) NHS England. (no. IT 13/19)
Palma, Stuart, Harding, Deborah and Treadwell, Liz (2019) Investing in chief allied health professionals : insights from trust executives : a guide to reviewing AHP leadership for trust boards and clinicians. (Project Report) NHS Improvement. (no. SL 21/19)
Harding, Deborah and Treadwell, Elizabeth (2018) Allied health professions' leadership in NHS trusts in England : understanding what exists and what matters : report to Dr Joanne Fillingham. (Project Report) NHS Improvement.