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Allied Health Professions

Allied Health Professions

If you are looking for a career that combines challenge, an excellent employment package and the rewards of doing something really worthwhile, the allied health professions (AHPs) offer a wide range of opportunities. As key members of today's healthcare team, AHPs provide treatment that helps transform people's lives.

Here you can find out about the many different roles within the allied health professions. These range from treating a broken toe to assessing someone's diet. Whether you are interested in science, the arts or physical movement, you'll find something here that suits you.

Entry requirements for the AHPs vary, and acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a professional involves training and study at degree or diploma level, but there is a range of vital support roles that require no set academic qualifications.

AHPs carry their own caseloads and work as autonomous professionals, for example they may work directly with a patient to develop some interactive therapies to aid recovery. However, health and social care today is about teamwork so AHPs will also be part of a team and may even lead one. This might mean working with other AHPs or other professionals such GPs, hospital doctors, teachers, or social workers for example.

AHPs often see patients and clients in different surroundings. You will find AHPs working in hospitals, clinics, housing services, people's homes, schools and colleges to name but few. Not surprisingly, the academic requirements and training demands are high, but then so are the rewards, both in terms of job satisfaction and career prospects.

Read some of our real life stories of staff working in the allied health professions