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Allied Health Professional Careers

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Allied Health Professions is a collective term used to describe 13 different professions who work across the whole lifespan, in a wide range of settings throughout the NHS, social care, local authority, private practice, education, and the judicial system.

This makes us one of the most diverse populations in the health and care workforce.

There are all sorts of roles available within the allied health professions (AHP). You could take an X-ray, help with rehabilitation after a broken bone or assess and make recommendations for someone’s diet.

As AHPs we are all registered by the same Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC is the body which sets the standards by which we practice. These standards cover our conduct, performance and ethics, our proficiency and expectations around continuing professional development.

AHPs carry their own caseloads as autonomous professionals and work directly with patients to develop interactive therapies to aid recovery. They will also be part of a team, often leading them. This might mean working with other AHPs or professionals such GPs, hospital doctors, teachers and/or social workers.

Working in hospitals, clinics, housing services, people's homes, schools/colleges to name but few, AHPs see patients and clients in many different surroundings.

So whether you're interested in science, the arts or physical movement you're bound to find a role to suit you. And whichever profession you choose you’ll be taking on roles which ‘enable’ and ‘empower’ people, making a big difference to patient care.

Art therapy
Art therapist

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication.

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Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level.

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Dramatherapy is a form of Psychotherapy, where Dramatherapists draw on their knowledge of theatre and therapy as a medium for psychological therapy.

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Music therapist

Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention, which helps people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs.

Therapist process
Occupational therapist

Occupational therapists help people of all ages to find ways to carry out the occupations that are important to them.

Surgery room
Operating department practitioner

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are a vital part of the multidisciplinary operating theatre team, providing a high standard of patient focused care during anaesthesia, surgery and recovery, responding to patients’ physical and psychological needs.


Physiotherapists support people to stay independent for as long as possible. They assist recovery by helping to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.

Podiatrist with patient

Podiatry is a medical and podiatric needs led service for patients of all ages. Podiatrists primarily treat individuals who have an underlying illness or condition that put their legs and feet at increased risk of injury, compromised tissue viability and/or pain and loss of function.


Radiographers care for people who are unwell, in pain and may be anxious or uncertain about what is going to happen.

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Speech and language therapist

Speech and language therapists (SLT) provide life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.