Celebrating our Allied Health Professionals

October 14th marks national AHPs Day – a day to celebrate and shout about the major contribution our collective professionals make to patient care and improving the quality of people’s lives.

It is also an opportunity for Allied Health Professionals to come together and celebrate being part of the AHP family. It is a social movement to enable AHPs to collaborate within services, organisations and regions to:

  • Improve awareness of the roles of allied health professions
  • Demonstrate the achievements of local services and their impact on patient care and population health
  • Support integrated working with other services and organisations

You can find out more about AHPs Day on the NHS England website.

To mark AHPs Day some of our wonderful Allied Health Professionals have recorded this video message to explain why they are all so proud to be AHPs.

 

What is an AHP?

Allied Health Professionals are the third largest clinical workforce in the NHS. Made up of 14 unique and diverse professions, their practice is integral to most clinical pathways. They work across organisational boundaries, providing solution-focused, goal-centred care to support patients’ independence.

We have 10 of the 14 Allied Health Professions working within our Trust. They are:

  • Art Therapists
  • Drama Therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Osteopaths
  • Paramedics
  • Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs)

Thank you to our amazing AHPs

Some of our heads of profession, leads, directors and executives have recorded their own special video messages in which they say a huge ‘thank you’ to all our wonderful AHPs for the amazing work they do, each and every day. To watch their video messages, click on their images above.

Why we’re proud to be Allied Health Professionals

Some of our fabulous AHPs have recorded their own video messages in which they talk about why they love what they do and what makes them so proud to be an AHP. Click on their pictures to view their films.

Clinical Placement Expansion Project

The One Gloucestershire Clinical Placement Expansion Project (CPEP) comprises clinical health colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, and focuses on expanding student placements across health and social care.
As AHPs are the third largest clinical workforce in the NHS, one of the project’s aims is to increase capacity within this area.
The CPEP is working collaboratively with placement areas to ensure colleagues are supported and experience the benefit of hosting a student.
In the film above, Sophie, a Senior Physiotherapist at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, talks about her role within the Student Development Team, in which she supports students on placement within the Outpatient Department in a peer learning role.sting a student.
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