Allied Health Professions (AHPs)

carreer image Allied Health Professions (AHPs) is the collective term for used for a group of 14 occupations including art therapists, physiotherapists, operating department practitioners and speech and language therapists.

AHPs provide treatment and help rehabilitate adults and children who are ill, have disabilities or special needs, to live life as fully as possible.

They can work across a wide range of care environments, including emergency departments, paediatrics and end-of-life care, and in different settings including people’s homes and schools, as well as in hospitals and health clinics.

Although they frequently work alongside doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, AHPs are making independent assessments and decisions about treatment. As an AHP, it will be important that you can work well as part of a team and be able to make your own decisions based on the training and specialist expertise you have acquired.

In the front line of healthcare, all the allied health professions involve working directly with patients, usually one-to-one, but sometimes with groups of people who share similar health problems or issues.

AHP Careers Resources

Introducing Health Education England Allied Health Professional 360 VR films.

This latest project is part of HEE’s AHP programme’s strategy to improve the supply of AHPs to help deliver the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Virtual reality to experience a day in the life of an allied health professional working in the NHS. The films have been created to show a typical day on the life of a podiatry, orthoptics, prosthetic and orthotics and therapeutic radiography professional. You can look around the environment, and watch short films.

For more information and to watch the films click here

Art, drama and music therapists use their chosen art form as a therapeutic intervention to help people with physical, mental, social and emotional difficulties.

Occupational therapists work with people who have difficulties carrying out activities because of disability, illness, trauma, ageing, and a range of long term conditions. You might be; - helping someone adapt to life after major surgery - helping people suffering from mental illness get back into everyday activities such as work or volunteering - helping elderly people stay in their own homes by providing adaptations such as level access showers or stair lifts

Physiotherapists work with people to help with a range of problems which affect movement using exercise, massage and other techniques. As well as treating people, you promote good health and advise people on how to avoid injury.

Speech and language therapists provide life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.You'll help people who, for physical or psychological reasons, have problems speaking and communicating. Patients range from children whose speech is slow to develop, to older people whose ability to speak has been impaired by illness or injury. It also includes treatment for those who have difficulty with eating or swallowing.

Dietitians are skilled at translating scientific and medical research related to food and health into practical guidance for the general public. You could, for example, work with people who; - have digestive problems - want to lose weight - need to put on weight after an illness - have an eating disorder

Orthoptists specialise in diagnosing and managing eye conditions, in a wide age range of patients, that largely affect eye movements, visual development or the way the eyes work together.

A podiatrist will diagnose and treat abnormalities and offer professional advice on care of feet and legs to prevent foot problems.

Prosthetists provide an artificial replacement for patients who are missing a limb. Orthotists provide a range of aids to correct problems or deformities in people’s nerves, muscles or bones.

Diagnostic radiographers use the latest technology to look inside the body in different ways. Therapeutic radiographers use doses of x-rays and other ionising radiation to treat medical conditions such as cancer and tumours.

Radiographers are allied health professionals who take x-rays and other medical images to assist doctors in diagnosing diseases and injuries.

Operating department practitioners work with patients of all ages and are involved in each phase of a person’s operation.

ODPs (Operating Department Practitioners) are Allied Health Professionals who are based in operating theatres.

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) work in three key areas; anaesthetics, surgery and recovery. In anaesthetics the role involved assisting the anaesthetic doctor during general and local anaesthetics.

Osteopaths have expertise in the musculoskeletal system and its relationship to other systems of the body in the promotion of good health and provide a package of care. These include a varied range of interventions specific to each patient including manual therapy techniques, physical therapy (rehabilitation and exercise prescription), health advice and self-management guidance.