Norfolk and Waveney say a big “thank you” to Allied Health Professionals on AHP day – 14 October 2022

13th October 2022

We’re celebrating National Allied Health Professional (AHP) Day tomorrow.

National AHP day on 14 October provides an opportunity to reflect and recognise the significant contributions of all AHPs across Norfolk and Waveney, as they continue to work tirelessly as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) are the third largest healthcare workforce in the NHS, with 14 professions making up AHPs. 

National AHPs day takes place each year to shine a spotlight on AHPs across the country and inspire the future generations of AHPs. This is our opportunity to shine a spotlight on the Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapists, Drama Therapists, Podiatrists, Dietitians and Orthoptists who make a difference every day.

As part of these celebrations, Norfolk and Waveney ICS is highlighting the essential roles AHPs play. AHP Day provides an opportunity for AHPs to come together and celebrate being part of the AHP family, and the day gives an opportunity to showcase to others the impact they make to the delivery of high-quality care. The collaboration in services, organisations and trusts enable:

  • Improved awareness of the role of the fourteen allied health professions
  • Showcasing the achievements of local services and their impact on patient care and population health
  • Integrated working with other services and organisations.

There are 14 professions which make up AHPs including:

  1. Art Therapists
  2. Drama therapists
  3. Music therapists
  4. Chiropodists/podiatrists
  5. Dietitians
  6. Occupational therapists
  7. Operating Department Practitioners
  8. Orthoptists
  9. Osteopaths
  10. Paramedics
  11. Physiotherapists
  12. Prosthetists and Orthotists
  13. Radiographers
  14. Speech and language therapists

AHPs work across all sectors of health and social care in Norfolk and Waveney to adopt a holistic approach to healthcare, working collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team, helping manage patients’ care throughout the life course from birth to palliative care.

Tracey Fleming, Allied Health professional lead for Norfolk and Waveney, said: “Across Norfolk and Waveney, there are over 1000 AHPs and more than 200 support workers. AHPs have the knowledge and the skill to lead on clinical pathway redesign, workforce transformation to develop services for our future population of Norfolk and Waveney.

“Today is a chance to recognise and celebrate to support our AHPs have within Acute, Community and Mental Health as well as colleagues within Norfolk County Council and private sectors.”

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