Chief Allied Health Professions Officer

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Professor Suzanne Martin - Chief Allied Health Professions Officer
Professor Suzanne Martin - Chief Allied Health Professions Officer

Professor Suzanne Martin, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer,  is responsible for advising Northern Ireland government on all matters relating to the Allied Health Professions (AHP) and provides professional advise and support to the Minister of Health, N ireland Assembly, Permanent Secretary, senior policy and professional colleagues on AHP policy, professional and operational issuses and education.  Suzanne contributes to the Department of Health's decision making process and strategy and policy development and works to ensure that the expertise, skill and impact of the AHP workforce is reflected across  N Ireland policy.

Professor Suzanne Martin (PhD) an Occupational Therapist by profession. She has 15 years clinical experience in a range of settings which includes physical disability, paediatrics (developmental clinics and supporting children in mainstream school), community care and intensive homecare.  Suzanne moved to Ulster University 2003. Her PhD explored the integration of new and emerging technologies in health and social care. 

She was involved in the design of technology enriched services for people with dementia (Belfast Trust) and also for people with acquired brain injury (Cedar Foundation).   She was appointed Head of School Health Sciences during 2017 and led the School through the CoVid19 pandemic.  Suzanne has served Office for Research Ethics Committee Northern Ireland (ORECNI), National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Cochrane and currently sits on National Institute for Health Research panel for out of hospital care.  She was an expert for the European Commission on digital health innovation.

She has recently co-edited a text on the fundamentals of person-centred healthcare practice and is delivering AHP education on collective leadership to support the implementation of the Collective Leadership strategy. Her research outputs can be explore here


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