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Allied Health Professions Day

Date: 14 October 2021

Allied Health Professions (AHPs’) Day takes place across the UK today (Thursday 14 October) to raise awareness of the fourteen allied health professions that make up the third largest workforce in the NHS.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) celebrates AHPs’ Day by launching a new video showcasing why they are some of the most rewarding professions in the NHS.

At SCFT there are over 850 Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), which is the second largest clinical workforce at the Trust. Eight of the fourteen disciplines are covered at SCFT including dietetics, occupational therapists, osteopaths, paramedics, physiotherapists, podiatrists, radiographers, and speech and language therapists.

Our AHPs make a real difference to patients by providing crucial health care services at the heart of our community. They work in patients’ own homes, hospitals, schools, clinics, care homes, primary care environments, hospices, and with the homeless.

AHPs use a holistic, patient-centred approach to assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. Ultimately, what matters to each patient is important, so AHPs work alongside patients to improve their health and enjoy their life to the full.

Sandra Speller, Associate Director for Allied Health Professionals at SCFT, says:

“Allied Health Professionals are absolutely key. We have such an integral role in supporting patients and families to live the best life that they possibly can. It’s such a satisfying career, to see those patients grow and thrive and live the life that they want to as independently as possible. There is so much evidence now about providing health care closer to home, and community care is where patients do best”.

Watch our new video featuring some of our AHPs explaining what they do and why they find their careers so rewarding:

If you feel inspired, visit the SCFT website to view all our current vacancies.

For more information about the AHP services we provide, visit our A-Z of Clinical Services.

If you have any questions contact Sandra Speller, Associate Director for Allied Health Professionals, at: sandra.speller@nhs.net.