Allied Health Professions (AHPs) Faculty

Who are Allied Health Professionals? 

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) are a diverse group of 15 different registered clinical staff, providing diagnostic, technical, and therapeutic patient care. They are at the forefront of services using their expertise to promote recovery and independence, adding life to years, preventing relapse, and reducing risks. Every day, our AHPs play a crucial part in helping patients live their lives as fully as possible.

AHPs work to deliver effective, flexible, and innovative services to enable people to live well in their communities. 

We are: 

  • Art Therapists 

  • Diagnostic Radiographers 

  • Dietitians 

  • Drama Therapists 

  • Music Therapists 

  • Occupational Therapists 

  • Orthoptists 

  • Osteopaths 

  • Paramedics 

  • Physiotherapists 

  • Podiatrists 

  • Prosthetist and Orthotists 

  • Speech and Language Therapists 

  • Therapeutic Radiographers 

Visit NHS England and Improvement's website for more information about the 14 Allied Health Professions. 

What is an Allied Health Professional (AHP) Faculty

The Hertfordshire and West Essex Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Faculty is a group of health, social care, education and training providers that work together to support the 1,961 AHPs with 413 AHP support staff working in our ICS area.

Our faculty’s aim is to encourage system-wide working across the ICS wherever AHPs are to be found. By working together, we will strengthen the AHP voice and demonstrate our unique contribution, value and impact to deliver high quality, safe effective patient care.

Instead of organisations working separately, the faculty brings everyone together under one umbrella.

The AHP Faculty works collaboratively to ensure the pipeline of AHP professionals continues to thrive and grow. We want to help our existing AHPs to get the best from their working life and to encourage the next generation of AHPs to take up a role in Hertfordshire and West Essex.  

The faculty is made up of AHPs from different organisations and professions who lead on projects designed to address these priorities. We work closely with the Hertfordshire and West Essex AHP Council where AHP leads identify priorities for local AHPs.

Organisations represented by the faculty include:

  • NHS and other health care organisations

  • Local councils and other social care organisations

  • Universities and colleges

  • GP practices through Primary Care Networks - NHS England » AHPs in Primary Care Networks

  • Voluntary organisations and charities

  • Private organisations

The faculty can provide advice to those working on individual projects within organisations, however, its primary focus is to co-create and manage projects working across multiple organisations.

We work to support the following important aspects of Allied Health Professionals’ career journeys: 

  • Work experience 

  • Apprenticeships 

  • Development, co-ordination and expansion of clinical placements 

  • Preceptorship 

  • Return to practice 

  • Advance Practice  

For more information in both health and social care roles across Herts and West Essex ICS please email:

What is a Physiotherapist

As a Physiotherapist you’ll focus on identifying and maximising movement to improve the health and wellbeing of your patients.

Your role is vital in treating a variety of conditions such as:

  • neurological (stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's).

  • neuromusculoskeletal (back pain, whiplash associated disorder, sports injuries, arthritis).

  • cardiovascular (chronic heart disease, rehabilitation after heart attack).

  • respiratory (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis).

You’ll work with people on a daily basis, recommending exercise, carrying out massage, and using high-tech ultrasound equipment or even hydrotherapy pools, depending on your patients’ needs. Once a patient’s movement problem has been diagnosed, you'll work with them to determine a treatment plan.

What is a Dietician

Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into everyday information about food and advise people on their food and nutrition choices.

You'll assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems. Your aim is to promote good health and prevent disease in individuals and communities.

You'll be skilled at translating scientific and medical research related to food and health into practical guidance for the general public. You'll also teach health professionals about diet and nutrition. 

You'll work in hospitals or in the community and with individuals and communities with both healthy and sick people.

Frequently asked questions

The Allied Health Professions (AHP) Strategy for England: AHPs Deliver, has been developed to provide strategic direction to the AHP community across England, to help AHPs and those they work with fully contribute to the aim of improving health outcomes for all, providing better quality care, and improving sustainability of health and care services.

The Allied Health Professions (AHP) Strategy for England: AHPs Deliver spans 2022 – 2027 and leads on from AHPs into Action in place from 2017 to 2021.

The word 'faculty' traditionally refers to the staff members within an academic institution, but in this context, it refers to the collaboration between different organisations in our Integrated Care System (ICS).

The idea of establishing faculties originated with Health Education England (HEE).

The NHS Long Term Plan outlines multiple goals for clinical and AHP services.

To achieve these goals, we need to increase the number of AHPs across England by 27,000 by 2024 and retain the AHPs we already have to meet the demand in the next 10 years.

We aim to do this by putting plans in place for the following priorities: 

  • improving career promotion and increasing work experience for those considering career options to attract more people to consider AHP as a viable career option

  • promoting an increasingly diverse and inclusive workforce

  • expanding clinical placements – As universities are offering more places to students, there is increased demand for clinical placements. Support and assistance to achieve this is required.

  • increasing apprenticeship routes into AHP registration through promoting these routes and supporting the AHP support workforce to access these opportunities

  • understanding the reasons students leave their training courses early and working on solutions to assist

  • developing existing registered and support staff to encourage retention and to assist people to feel valued and satisfied with career growth options

  • promoting advance practice roles for AHPs

  • supporting career /leadership development, providing a network for AHPs in diverse non-traditional roles to grow our leadership capacity and support alternative career routes  

  • supporting those who are returning to practice by promoting a smooth journey for those wanting to return after a break in their career

No. The faculty is made up of members from the existing workforce from these different organisations.

To become a member, you need to be:

  • an Allied Health Professional, AHP Support Worker or AHP Student

  • passionate about AHP development

  • interested in collaboration and believing that together we can resolve issues

  • self-motivated

  • willing to think ‘outside the box’

Staff from all levels/grades are encouraged to join, especially those interested in developing their:

  • Leadership skills

  • Project management skills

  • Quality improvement methodology skills

Case studies

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Jack and Amy tell us all about Physiotherapy

We recently spoke with Jack a Senior Physiotherapist in Stroke Physiotherapy and Amy a Physiotherapist in Orthopaedics & Therapy Services.

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Mira tells us all about her role as a Specialist Orthoptist

Orthoptics is the study of eye disease and eye movement problems, the majority of patients an orthoptist sees are children and elderly.

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