Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) support people of all ages in their recovery, helping them to regain movement or mobility, overcome visual problems, improve nutritional status, develop communication abilities and restore confidence in everyday living skills, consequently helping them to enjoy quality of life, even when faced with life limiting conditions.
They work as key members of multi-disciplinary, multi-agency teams, bringing their rehabilitation focus and specialist expertise to the wider skills pool.
Who the AHPs are and what they do
Art Therapists (Art/Music/Drama) – provide a psychotherapeutic intervention which enables clients to effect change and growth by the use of art materials to gain insight and promote the resolution of difficulties.
Chiropodists/Podiatrists – diagnose and treat abnormalities of the foot. They give professional advice on prevention of foot problems and on proper care of the foot.
Diagnostic Radiographers – produce high quality images on film and other recording media, using all kinds of radiations.
Dieticians – translate the science of nutrition into practical information about food. They work with people to promote nutritional well being, prevent food related problems and treat disease.
Drama Therapists – encourage clients to experience their physicality, to develop an ability to express the whole range of their emotions and to increase their insight and knowledge of themselves and others.
Music Therapists – facilitate interaction and development of insight into clients’ behaviour and emotional difficulties through music.
Occupational Therapists – assess, rehabilitate and treat people using purposeful activity and occupation to prevent disability and promote health and independent function.
Orthoptists – diagnose and treat eye movement disorders and defects of binocular vision.
Orthotists – design and fit orthoses (callipers, braces) which provide support to a part of a patient’s body to compensate for paralysed muscles, provide relief from pain, or prevent physical deformities from progressing.
Physiotherapists – assess and treat people with physical problems caused by accident, ageing, disease or disability, by using physical approaches in the alleviation of all aspects of the person’s condition.
Prosthetists – provide care and advice on rehabilitation for patients who where born without a limb, fitting the best possible artificial replacement.
Speech and Language Therapists – work with people with communication and/or swallowing difficulties.
Therapeutic Radiographers – treat mainly cancer patients, using ionising radiations and sometimes drugs. They provide care across the entire spectrum of cancer services.