Welcome – finally – to the new AMHPA website! It feels like it’s taken a long time for all of the right factors to fall in place before the change could be pushed through. Those of you with an insight into the way AMHPA is run, and the changes we have needed to implement, will know that there have been a lot of structural changes behind the scenes and that there has been complication at every stage.
The development of the ‘business end’ of AMHPA is a continuing saga – our desire to put AMHPA on a secure and completely transparent financial footing has met pitfall after pitfall but we can almost see the process coming to a sensible end. ‘AMHPA Ltd’ is not quite fully with us yet but AMHPA as an organisation is settling down after the upheaval of the last two years and we can finally start to look at our longer term aspirations for the organisation and – we hope – involve many more frontline AMHP members in the process.
I’ve personally been wanting to update the AMHPA website for a few years and it’s only now that we can do it properly with the means to manage our finances in a simple and transparent way. The setting up of ‘AMHPA Ltd’ has been absolutely necessary – in terms of financial probity and dealings with both Local Authorities and the services we buy in – but it has been a distraction from the real purpose of AMHPA which is to provide networking and development opportunities for AMHPs practising in the region. ‘AMHPA Ltd’ is truly only a part of what AMHPA is and can be – the company is the part for managing our financial affairs but AMHPA as an association can be what whatever the regional AMHPs are motivated to make it.
We need a basic website for communication – particularly for publicising our events and sharing presentation materials from the events. What we will also have is a blog through which we can share matters of broader interest in the field, give updates on the development of AMHPA and potentially provide a platform for AMHPA members to share their own material.
The next development will be a discussion group for AMHPA members – I’ll post more on this when it’s ready to go live but my hope for it is that it can be a structured forum for discussing AMHP practice issues in an informed and technical way. It’ll be something of an experiment and it might not work how I want it to – if at all! – but we can develop it as we go along.
Most of all, we want to hear from AMHPs as to what we want from AMHPA, the website and the live events. I think that we can do everything we want to through the inbuilt WordPress registration and login functions – I’ll be using bbPress for the discussion group – but please bear with me because this all being done from the basis of a well-intentioned amateur!
Hoping to hear from some of you soon,
Chair of AMHPA