The Allied Health Professions comprise of art therapists, drama therapists, music therapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, osteopaths, paramedics, physiotherapists, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers, and speech and language therapists.
They provide high quality care to patients and clients across a wide range of care pathways and in a variety of settings that include, for example, hospitals, community, the independent & charitable sectors and schools. They work in health promotion to prevent accident or illness; they are active in treatment and rehabilitation and they promote self-help and independence.
Allied Health Professions have professional titles recognised by NHS England and protected by law. In order to use their professional titles – such as occupational therapist or speech and language therapist – each professional must be registered with the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council www.hpc-uk.org.
More detailed information on individual allied health professions careers is available on the Health Careers website.
The Allied Health Professionals’ Careers Resource
Shape your career path using the careers resource for Allied Health Professionals’ (AHPs). It identifies eight core areas for consideration in career development, all whilst continuing your clinical practice.
In the resource we have included insight from AHPs working within these areas, with voices from across all the 14 allied health professions - plus valuable information and links to resources which demonstrate the possibilities for career development.
The growing influence and increasingly enhanced role of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in delivering safe and effective health care as part of an integrated service is highlighted in a review published today by Health Education England (HEE).
Return to Practice: allied health professionals and healthcare scientists
If you trained as an allied health professional (AHP) or a healthcare scientist (HCS) but have since left the profession and the HCPC register, we run a programme that can provide help and information if you want to return to practice.