Alison PighillsAssociate Professor Alison Pighills is a Principal Research Fellow supporting Health Practitioner research capacity development and is based in Mackay Hospital and Health Service, with an adjunct position with JCU. Alison’s professional background is in Occupational Therapy. She holds an MSc in Health Care Practice, from the University of Bradford, and a PhD in Health Sciences, from the University of York, UK, where she was awarded the K M Stott prize for best PhD thesis in 2008. Previously, Alison worked and studied in the UK, and was the Senior Manager for the UK National Health Service fellowship award scheme. Alison has been the Occupational Therapy advisor to a number of international programmes and networks, and has been an invited / keynote presenter at international and national conferences.
Alison has been using the Calderdale Framework, a professional skill sharing and delegation model of care, for over 9 years and became the first ever Calderdale Framework practitioner in 2012. As such, she is able to train clinicians to facilitate the implementation of the framework in their own organisations. The Calderdale Framework involves training health staff in shared competencies to enable them to deliver care involving tasks that cross traditional professional boundaries.
Alison’s recent research history includes a randomised controlled trial, health economic evaluation and patient and staff qualitative studies to examine the clinical and cost effectiveness and staff / patient perceptions of the Calderdale Framework. Alison recently implemented a workforce redesign project using the Calderdale Framework to create Allied health Rural Generalist positions in a rural area in northern Queensland. She is also currently undertaking a multicentre randomised controlled trial in the UK of environmental interventions to prevent falls in older people, involving 1300 participants.
Key Calderdale Framework publications
- Kaltner, M; Murtagh, D; Pighills, A; Scott, A (2017). A randomised controlled trial of transdisciplinary allied health care in an acute medical setting. Journal of Inter-professional Care, 31(2), 190-198. doi:10.1080/13561820.2016.1248237
- Furness, L; Pighills, A; Ducat, W; Tynan, A (2016). Implementation of a new model of clinical education for regional Occupational Therapy student clinical placements. Australian Health Review. doi: 10.1071/AH16044
- Pighills, A; Bradford, M; Bell, K; Flynn, L; Williams, G; Torgerson, D; Hornsby, D; and Kaltner, M (2015). Skill-sharing between allied health professionals in a community setting: A randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 22(11), 524-534
- Moran, A; Nancarrow, S; Wiseman, L; and Pighills, A, (2012). Assessing the effectiveness of implementing new roles using the Calderdale Framework. Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Healthcare, 5. 307-17
- Furness, L; Tynan, A; Pighills, A (submitted). Exploring Clinical Educator and Student perspectives on the implementation of the Calderdale Framework as a model of clinical education in a regional and rural health service: A study from Australia. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice
- Pighills, A; Bradford, M (in draft) Patients’ experiences of receiving an allied health professional skill sharing model of care
Executive Director Allied HealthMs. Scott commenced her career in health as a physiotherapist, graduating from the University of Queensland in 1983. Most of her earlier career was spent as a private practitioner in solo practice in Central Queensland. She joined the public health system in Queensland in 1993 and has subsequently fulfilled a number of clinical, quality improvement and management roles, and worked across a range of service settings including acute inpatient, outpatient , community and rural outreach.
Prior to taking on the role of Executive Director Allied Health, Ms. Scott fulfilled the role of Allied Health Workforce Development officer, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service. This role was responsible for implementing a range of workforce development initiatives across the Health Practitioner workforce with a particular focus on workforce and service redesign of the allied health professional and allied health assistant workforce in rural outreach, Emergency Department and acute inpatient settings.
To support the validity and effectiveness of the redesign agenda Ms. Scott undertook training in the Calderdale Framework, a transformational workforce redesign program developed in the United Kingdom. Across 2011 to 2013 she completed training as a Calderdale Practitioner and is now 1 of only 4 practitioners in Australia endorsed to train in the framework.
Hilary ExtonHilary is currently the Director of Allied Health at Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, New Zealand. Hilary relocated from England in 2004, to initially work in Child Development Services, as a paediatric physiotherapist. Subsequently, Hilary has held several Team Leader and Service Manager Roles prior to taking up her current position.
In 2015 Hilary, along with other South Island Allied Health Professionals, commenced her Calderdale Facilitator training and has recently been credentialled as a Calderdale Practitioner.
Vicki ProutVicki is currently the Team Leader (Community) Physiotherapist at Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. Vicki emigrated to NZ in 2006 from Liverpool.
In 2015 Vicki commenced her Calderdale Facilitator training and has recently been credentialed as a Calderdale Practitioner.