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Allied Health Professionals
Allied health professionals need to be practical and have a good academic background, including a science-based qualification. Here are some of the key skills you will need to pursue a career:
- Want to make a difference to people's lives
You will be helping patients to become as independent as possible and to achieve their personal goals. You will need to be focused on what the patient wants and needs and what you can do to help them to achieve the best outcome possible.
- Personal awareness, maturity and professionalism
You will be working closely with patients, often on a one-to-one basis. You must be trustworthy and have a friendly and professional attitude towards them. Tact and maturity are vital. You will also be personally responsible for your actions so you must be able to justify your own decisions.
- Good people skills and excellent communication skills
People skills and communication are crucial to being an AHP. You need to be good at listening as well as talking and you have to be constantly alert to changes in patients' conditions and the implications in terms of care. You'll also need to be able to communicate this to other team members, patients and their families.
- Committed to working as part of a team
You'll be working as part of a team whose collective focus is the health and well-being of people. You need to know how all these different people collaborate and enjoy working as a team.
- Be able to 'teach'
You will need to be able to educate and train other healthcare staff to develop their skills in the rehabilitation of patients and service users.
- Have empathy
Empathy is an essential behaviour when dealing with clients and service users, especially when you are working with patients with long-term conditions.