The first ever day dedicated to celebrating the work of the healthcare staff who help people maintain their independence is being held across the UK today.
The national Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHP) Day is designed to recognise and appreciate the extraordinary day-to-day contribution of the AHP workforce.
AHPs are our third largest staff group after doctors and nurses with 3,281 people in roles ranging from dieticians and speech and language therapists to occupational therapists and diagnostic radiographers.
They work across all health and social care settings including hospitals, people’s homes, clinics, surgeries, the justice system, local authorities, private and voluntary sectors and primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Claire Ritchie, Director of AHPs, NHSGGC, said: “It’s wonderful to see that AHPs, and the work they do to maximise a person’s life and independence, is being showcased across the UK.
“We have a very dynamic and diverse AHP workforce which plays a key role in optimising our patients’ independence and quality of life through their collaborative work with other staff and professional and compassionate care.
“AHPs focus on providing consistent, person-centred, preventative and therapeutic care for children and adults who are ill, have disabilities or special needs, to live life as fully as possible.
“They also work across a wide range of different settings including the community, people’s homes, schools and hospitals and collaborate with a wide range of staff to deliver the best care tailored to each patient’s needs.
“As a Board, we are committed to supporting the development of our staff and the diversity of our AHP roles means they are ideally placed to be at the very centre of modern, state-of-the-art healthcare.”
The Board’s AHP staff are made up of: