Allied Health Professionals Forum

The Allied Health Professionals Forum includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, and psychologists from around the UK who work with children and young people with rheumatological conditions.  To be a part of the networking group you must be a BSPAR member.  Please see members’ area for details on how to join.



Aims of the Group

  • We hope to provide a forum for all Allied Health Professionals involved in the care and support of young people with rheumatological conditions.

  • We also hope to foster networking and information sharing to promote evidence based practice within the field.
  • Finally we hope to encourage evidence based practice through support for AHP research and production of standards relevant to AHP’s working with children and young people with rheumatological conditions. 



Link Members for BSPAR

The AHP representative on the BSPAR executive committee is Ellie Haggart  

Contact Details:

Telephone: 0207 405 9200 Ext 0126 Bleep 2166



Communication/Email Networking

All members receive email circulars from  This includes regular newsletters and important information updates.  It is important that you ensure ALL your details are up to date in the My Details section of the website.  




    • BSPAR Annual Conference:  during the course program there is an opportunity for AHP’s to meet to discuss standards, network and plan future work.

    • BSPAR AHP Spring Study Day:  This is an informal study day hosted at various centres throughout the UK.  We aim to share knowledge and develop guidelines as part of these study days.  


Minutes of BSPAR AHP group meetings





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Other national and international meetings with a major paediatric rheumatology programme include:




Development of National Guidelines

The AHP group is responsible for the production and review of relevant guidelines and standards for AHP's working with children and young people with rheumatological conditions.


Current Guidelines



Guidelines under Review

These guidelines are currently under review and will be on the website for member comments for a period of three months.  These documents are available for review in the Document Collaboration section of the website (members only).  Once all comments have been collected the guideline will be ratified by the Executive Committee and added to the BSPAR Guidelines Section of this website.  Please email Elaine Haggart with queries regarding any of these guidelines.  

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Plans for Future Guidelines

The following is a list of guidelines that the AHP Group are planning or currently working on.  Please contact the person listed beside each guideline if you would like to contribute or have comments.  If you have any ideas for guidelines that are needed please contact Ellie Haggart 

    • BSPAR AHP Group – Management of Back Pain (NICE Supplement)

    • BSPAR AHP Group - Guidelines for the Management of Hypermobility
    • BSPAR AHP Group – Guidelines for the use of Casting
    • BSPAR AHP Group – Guidelines for the use of Splinting
    • BSPAR AHP Group – Guidelines for the use of Paraffin Wax Treatment



Research and Professional Development

BSPAR is keen to encourage AHP research in order to further evidence based practice.  Listed below are some funding opportunities for AHP’s interested in pursuing research. 

There are also several bursaries available through the ARC. 



Helpful Links

For other general Links please visit the Useful-Links  section of this website

Useful Information For Families Regarding Hypermobility