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AHP support workforce resources

We have published a suite of resources to help support workers, employers, and integrated care systems (ICSs) prepare for the implementation of HEE’s Allied Health Profession (AHP) Support Worker Competency, Education and Career Development Framework

Readiness toolkit

The readiness Toolkit is designed to help regions, ICSs and employers to prepare for the implementation of HEE’s Allied Health Profession (AHP) Support Worker Competency, Education and Career Development Framework, and develop high-quality, innovative training, education and careers for support workers across AHP services.

AHP support workforce – grow your own workforce strategies

This Guide provides an overview of workforce strategies designed to attract, train and retain the allied health professions’ (AHP) support workforce.

Making learning work for AHP support workers

This Guide aims to provide employers and support workers with information, advice and guidance on how to create supportive learning cultures and processes in the workplace.

AHP support workforce – understanding education, qualifications and development

This guide provides a brief overview of the formal education and development opportunities that assist support worker learning, including Functional Skills and Technical levels (T levels).

Supporting AHP Students

eLearning programme available to provide non-registered AHP assistants and support staff with training to develop their understanding of student education and develop their skills in supporting students and educators within their teams.

Support Worker Education Qualification Mapping Tool

This tool will support you, as project leads, SRO’s, delivering on the AHP support worker project, to match your support workforce qualifications against the qualification standards within the framework. It will support transparent, quality career conversations with managers and / or support workers to provide a clear baseline.

AHP Support Workforce - A guide to embedding public health in practice 

This new guide provides a resource for support workers and their line managers to clarify the four domains of public health and describe how AHP support worker roles benefit the whole population’s health and wellbeing.

FAQ and other useful resources

British and Irish Orthoptic Society: scope of practice, roles and responsibilities, possible development and educational opportunities, webinar link.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy: includes support worker code of conduct, scope of practice, career frameworks, guidance on delegation and associate webinars.

The Royal College of Podiatry: includes assistant practitioner scope of practice, guidance on delegation, national webinars, guidance on workforce burnout and resilience, and clinical frameworks.

Royal College of Occupational Therapists: includes information on becoming an occupational therapy support worker.

Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists: development of a support worker competency framework and other resources.

The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists: career framework guide, education framework guide.

British Dietetic Association: includes associate membership.

The Society of Radiographers: education and career framework, practice level information, careers in radiography.

Scoping of the orthoptic non-registered workforce: We recently funded an eight-month project which was undertaken by The British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS), to look at various aspects of the non-registered/support workforce within orthoptics. This part of our support workforce make a significant contribution to AHP services. Supporting them to maximise their capability is crucial to enable AHP services to meet rising population and person demand whilst supporting wider workforce transformation. Access our Scoping of the non- registered orthoptic workforce to facilitate career development and progression.