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Stimulate demand

Make AHPs the career of choice, stimulate and incentivise applications for AHP undergraduate course places.

Allied Health Professions careers awareness strategy 2021 - 22

This strategy sets out a vision for how best to promote allied health professional (AHP) careers to those aspiring to work in health and social career. HEE has an important role to play in attracting the right people with the right skills, values and behaviours into health and social care roles The HEE AHP team has a part to play in promoting AHP careers and collaborates on national healthcare career promotion campaigns to showcase AHP Careers coordinated by the Health Careers Team e.g., National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week. 

Projects and campaigns

International AHP registrants into the NHS

HEE have developed a step by step guide to support HCPC registration for Allied health Professionals who have trained outside of the UK.

Career choice research

Health Education England is working with The University of Winchester as part of an ongoing study to understand why student AHPs have chosen their careers. By understanding motivators and barriers we aim to:

  • Increase student recruitment into the 14 professions and grow the AHP workforce, and improve patient access to quality care
  • Raise awareness of the small and vital professions to build their numbers 
  • Improve equality and diversity in the AHP workforce
  • Identify and action interventions to support student recruitment

Career choices - why I decided to become an AHP

We hear from student AHPs from the 150 leaders group, about what influenced and inspired them to choose their course. 

Raising the profile of AHPs to the Armed Forces

People who have been in the armed forces have a great set of transferable skills that will be a credit to any NHS organisation. Health Education England has spoken to a number of AHPs who have previously worked in the armed forces to develop a suite of video and written case studies to share their real experiences making their step into a career in the NHS. 

Career change to AHP

You might think that to become an AHP you have to plan that career from a young age, but many people make a change mid-career. There are many different AHP careers; from being part of a central team in emergency response and diagnosis to supporting long-term mental and physical rehabilitation.

Support for small and vital professions

Future-proofing the Podiatry Workforce

Health Education England (HEE) is working with partner organisations to ensure there is a sustained supply of regulated podiatrists to support the care of patients in the NHS who need their services. 

Consultation for draft Standards for the Foot Health Workforce

As part of this work, HEE has developed a draft set of standards for the foot health practitioner and podiatry support workforce. HEE is consulted on these standards from Monday 23 November 2020 until midday Monday 15 February 2021.

Careers resources

AHPs' roles in mental health

These films showcase AHPs' valuable contribution to mental health: Eshmit Kaur, Dramatherapist, Jed Jerwood, Art Psychotherapist, Jess Rann, Dietician, Matondo Manzeninga, ParamedicDonvé Thompson-Boy, Occupational Therapist and Jon Booth, Music Therapist.

AHP Careers Toolkit

The AHP Careers Toolkit has been designed to provide you with profession-specific and combined AHP career resources and events. 

Guide for International AHP registrants into the NHS

We have developed a four-step guide to support HCPC registration for Allied Health Professionals who have trained outside of the UK. 

The wow show career guides

Watch our two exciting new WOW Show programmes about careers in the NHS designed for homeschooling – and beyond; the two new guides focus on careers as a Therapeutic Radiographer and a Podiatrist.

Therapeutic Radiographer and Podiatrist Career Guides

Showcasing AHP roles to young people via The WoW Show. Eight films, commissioned by HEE, focussing on AHPs careers have, so far, exposed over 100,000 students to AHP career opportunities.

Watch all the videos from the WoW show. 

A Universe of Opportunities

Recognising that the wealth of AHP talent may not always be fully utilised, HEE has created an online AHPs’ Universe of Opportunities careers resource to raise awareness of the vast array of opportunities for AHPs to develop their careers.

Working with the AHP professional bodies, the resource includes eight core areas that AHPs could consider to develop their career, all whilst potentially continuing in clinical practice. It includes insight from AHPs working within these areas, with voices from across all 14 allied health professions – plus useful information and links to resources to demonstrate the art of the possible for AHPs’ career development. .The resource can be accessed on our e-lfh pages.

Vivid insight into AHP roles via virtual reality technology

HEE is using the latest immersive 360-degree virtual reality technology to give potential recruits a vivid insight into a day in the life of the AHP professions. These films podiatry, orthoptics, prosthetic and orthotics and therapeutic radiography professionals - join them as they meet, diagnose and treat their patients.

Watch the  AHP 360 VR videos here