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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

Career portfolio for AHP support workers

Devon ICS used a co-production approach to develop the AHP Support Worker Career Portfolio, which is an interactive word document that implements the AHP Support Worker Competency, Education, and Career Development Framework into quality career conversations and appraisals. HEE (now NHSE Workforce Training and Education) funded the Devon ICS to undertake a pilot to test this tool across multiple AHP professions, services, and organisations. This tool is now available, and ICS’s can progress, adapt and embed as appropriate, and agree which platform they would like to host the AHP Support Worker Career Portfolio on that meets their needs and the needs of their workforce.

Allied Health Professions' Support Worker Strategy Impact Evaluation

The AHP support workforce programme provides a range of resources designed to assist services to optimise the contribution of this important part of the workforce. Ensuring that the capacity and capability of the support workforce is maximised, so staff can reach their full potential, will deliver benefits for support workers, registered staff, services, Trusts and, most importantly, service users. This evaluation, which is based on the insights of an expert group and a review of research, sets out in detail the benefits that might be expected, including from implementing apprenticeships. It can be used to help build local business cases.

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 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 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.

Allied Health Professionals Handbook of Profession-Specific Descriptors for Public Health

This handbook contains profession specific descriptors for each of the Allied health Professions (AHP's) and includes the support workforce in relation to their roles in public health. This resource forms part of the Allied Health Professions hub.

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