Jenny Keane was appointed as Chief Allied Health Professions Officer in November 2019 and is responsible for advising N 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. Jenny contributes to the Department of Healths 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.
Prior to her appointment as CAHPO Jenny worked in the Public Health Agency as the Lead AHP consultant for workforce (2018-2019). In this role Jenny developed systems, processes and approaches to ensure the flexibility and sustainability of AHP services, maximise AHP mix skill and working towards creating systems and structures to enable AHPs to work at the top of their licence.
Previously as an AHP consultant (2013-2018) Jenny provided professional specalist AHP advice and input to the commisioning of local and regional services, and advised on the use of AHP resources and the development of AHP budgets.
Jenny has managed, developed and commissioned AHP needs assessment and research and co-ordinated the development of AHP educational and training programmes and campaigns with the relevant local health and social care board offices and within the wider public health arena as a whole. She has led on the implementation of AHP Non-Medical Prescribing, the Regional Adult dysphagia project and supported a number of regional service reviews
Jenny is a therapeuctic radiographer by profession, qualifying with a first class honours degree in 1995 and as a Non Medical perscriber in 2011 from Ulster University and is a member of the Society and Colledge of Radiographers