Honorary degree to be awarded to Suzanne Rastrick

Issue date: 26 July 2018


Suzanne Rastrick

UWE Bristol awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science to Suzanne Rastrick in recognition of her exceptional contribution made to the education and development of Allied Health Professions, nationally and at UWE.

The honorary degree was conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at Bristol Cathedral on Thursday 26 July at 17:00.

Suzanne qualified as an Occupational Therapist and began her career in the acute hospital sector, with subsequent specialist practice in orthotics, before moving to work in community services and primary care, where she then gained her first general management role as the Matron of a community hospital.

She was one of the first allied health professionals (AHPs) to hold a substantive Director of Nursing post and has since held these roles in both providing and commissioning organisations in the NHS. She has also been Chief Executive of a Primary Care Trust and then achieved authorisation for the third largest Clinical Commissioning Group in England, with an integral commissioning support unit.

She has a Non-Executive portfolio in the commercial and not-for-profit housing sector and sits on a number of national groups including NHS Employers Policy Board and England Centre for Practice Development National Advisory Board.

She was appointed to the role of Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) for NHS England in September 2014. This role has key professional leadership relationships to the Department of Health & Social Care, where she is principle advisor to the Government on AHP matters, as well as to Health Education England. She has defined leadership links to NHS Improvement and Public Health England via Deputy CAHPO posts in both of these organisations.

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