Allied Health Professionals
Reports by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence and Royal Society for Public Health have highlighted that Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) are an important group of the wider public health workforce who have the enthusiasm, skills and opportunity to make a significant difference to health and well-being over the next few years.
Allied Health Professionals have a vital role to play in the transformation of health and social care. People of all ages who experience illness, are disabled, or have special needs, value the particular contribution that Allied Health Professionals make to their treatment, recovery and quality of life. Their knowledge and expertise is essential for the modernisation of services, and provides a valuable resource for patients and the wider healthcare team. All the Allied Health Professions share a commitment to improving services for patients, and to developing a better base to underpin their interventions.
The AHPs comprise 11 professions who collectively make up the third largest workforce in the NHS. They work across a range of sectors including health, social care, education, academia, and the voluntary and private sectors, covering the whole lifespan. The 11 professions include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, dietitians, speech and language therapists, paramedics, orthoptists, radiographers, orthotists, prosthetists, and arts therapists (encompassing art, music and drama).
(Public Health Strategic Framework for Allied Health Professions (AHPs) in Wales, 2017)