Congratulations to National Allied Health Professions (AHP) Consultant, Elaine Hunter, who has been awarded the title of ’Visiting Professor’ in the School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University. Elaine, who has over 35 years’ experience working in Occupational Therapy and Allied Health Professions has had a real impact on the lives of the many people she has supported. She has also been passionate about ensuring both Occupational Therapy and Allied Health Professions have their voices heard in Scotland’s health and social care policy and practice.

Edinburgh Napier University has a new AHP programme and Elaine has started working with them to offer an AHP MSc module in dementia delivered at Ulster University. The ‘Visiting Professor’ award was developed by the head of the AHP programme Professor Beth McKay at Edinburgh Napier University, who said:

“We are delighted to have Elaine’s contribution to dementia recognised through her work with the Allied Health Professions across Scotland by Edinburgh Napier University. She and her colleagues have supported our Masters programmes and students since their commencement in January 2019. We look forward to enhancing our working relationships through engagement in research and education going forward.”

Elaine said:
“It’s a great honour to receive the award of Visiting Professor from Edinburgh Napier University and I am also delighted of the recognition to the work of the Allied Health Professional community and our many partners who support our national AHP programme.”

Henry Simmons, Alzheimer Scotland Chief Executive said:
“I am delighted that Elaine has been recognised with this award. Her hard work and her commitment to making sure that people living with dementia are able to access the support that Occupational Therapists and Allied Health Professionals can offer is truly inspiring.”