Allied Health Professionals make up a key part of our workforce. They carry out a wide range of roles ranging from treating a broken toe, assessing someone’s diet to making sure they have the right equipment in order to manage independently at home.
They work in various settings delivering patient care in hospitals and in the community as part of multi-disciplinary teams.
These roles include:
Dietitians – who provide advice and information on nutrition and diet tailored to patients’ particular condition.
Occupational therapists – who help patients to overcome or adapt to an illness, injury or disability, helping them to regain their independence in a number of ways and give advice or arrange special equipment or adaptions for the home.
Physiotherapists – who help to rehabilitate people following illness or injury treating a range of conditions including musculo-skeletal (upper and lower limb and spine) and pain management.
Podiatrists – who provide diagnosis and treatment for patients who have problems with their legs and feet or are experiencing painful foot conditions.
Speech and language therapists – who provide a range of support for people suffering from speech, language and/or swallowing problems which may have developed following, for example, a stroke, dementia, or multiple scelosis.
Entry requirements for the AHPs vary, and acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a professional involves training and study at degree or diploma level, however there is a range of vital support roles that require no set academic qualifications.