Linda Hindle

Linda Hindle is the Lead Allied Health Professional for Public Health England, responsible for increasing the contribution of the 12 Allied Health Professions to improving public health across England.

Linda’s previous roles include Consultant Dietitian, with responsibility for the strategic planning and commissioning of interventions to prevent and treat obesity across Birmingham; and Head of Birmingham Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service.

Other leadership roles included Professional Lead for Allied Health Professions in Birmingham Specialist Community Health Trust; and Professional Executive Committee member and Clinical Director in Eastern Birmingham Primary Care Trust. Linda is a member of the British Dietetic Association, currently serving on the BDA England Board and Chair of DOM UK, a specialist interest group for professionals working in obesity.

She has been actively involved in research and has written several book chapters related to dietetics and obesity.

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Allied Health Professionals into Action - what this means for public health

Allied health professionals (AHPs) make up the third largest workforce in the NHS, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists,  dietitians, paramedics, podiatrists, orthoptists,  speech and language therapists, radiographers, art therapists, music therapists, drama therapists, prosthetists and orthotists. 

Building the evidence and changing practice in the wider public health workforce

Recently the Centre for Workforce Intelligence and Royal Society for Public Health published reports highlighting the importance of engaging the wider public health workforce to support improvement in population health. They identified several workforces such as the allied health professions …

Are allied health professionals the next major public health workforce?

I certainly think so.  There are over 80,000 allied health professionals (AHPs) working across the NHS, local government, education, private and voluntary sector organisations in England.  This is equivalent to at least a million contacts with the public each week.  …