Allied Health Professional day is when we celebrate the work of all our different allied health professionals or AHPs as they are known in healthcare circles.
Our AHPs are critical to people's ongoing assessment, treatment and rehabilitation throughout their illness episodes. They enable children and adults to make the most of their skills and abilities and to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles. They also have an important role in supportive self care and in falls' prevention.
We help people to understand what it is they do for the people of Fife and what services they provide. In doing so, we hope to inspire the next generation of allied health professionals - or AHPs.
What sort of roles do AHPs do?
There are 9 different allied health professions. Typical roles that you will be familiar with that are carried out by AHPs include:
- Music therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Speech and Language therapist
But what to they actually do?
First and foremost, they support people in Fife to live healthy, active and independent lives. AHPs diagnose, treat and rehabilitate people of all ages across health, education and social care. Whilst many of our AHP work for NHS Fife, it is also possible to find AHPs working in Fife Health and Social Care as part of our partnership working agreement.
Allied Health Professionals are the third largest clinical workforce in NHSScotland. They work closely with service users and families and signpost people to other services to help them access additional care and support.
What it means to be an AHP
A day in the life of just a few of the allied health professionals working across Fife.
Harry, Music therapist at NHS Fife
Harry describes how, through musical therapy, he is helping patients in Dunfermline and Stratheden
Care to know more?
To find out more about becoming an Allied Health Professional visit the AHP page in our Work for us section.