Thursday 14 October is Allied Health Professions (AHP) Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the third largest workforce.

Originating in 2018, AHP day has become a worldwide campaign to shed awareness on the roles and display the positive impact they make throughout healthcare.

14 occupations come under the AHP umbrella, for those of us who are not AHPs you can see the full list of roles below:

  • Art therapists
  • Drama therapists
  • Music therapists
  • Chiropodists/podiatrists
  • Dietitians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Operating Department Practitioners
  • Orthoptists
  • Osteopaths
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Prosthetists and Orthotists
  • Radiographers
  • Speech and language therapists

Throughout our Trust we have a wide range of AHPs that work hard to unsure all our patients needs are met and it is incredibly special when we get a new member of staff who has chosen to come back into the workforce and train with us.

Cindy Cox is retraining to be a dietitian here at Yeovil Hospital after having some time away from the workforce.

“I was inspired to return to practice after seeing how all the health care professionals stepped up during the COVID pandemic. I enrolled in as many virtual accredited courses and e-learning that was available. Although these courses were pivotal to getting myself upskilled and trained, I really needed practical experience.

The dietetic department at Yeovil Hospital kindly agreed to give me the opportunity to do my ‘return to practice’ placement. I will be supported in the last part of my ‘return to practice’ journey by a group of very capable dietitians. I will see first-hand how the field of dietetics have evolved and what good practice looks like.

After this amazing learning opportunity, I will be able to re-register and work as dietitian again. I would like to thank Yeovil Hospital and in particular Sarah Ashley-Maguire for this opportunity and for making me feel so very welcome.”

The main route to become an AHP is to complete a degree or postgraduate course, which will give you some of the most valuable skills to work within the healthcare setting. Once trained and with some experience behind you, you will be able specialise in your field, for example physiotherapist can specialise in sports injuries, critical care or with young people.

If you are interested in training to become an AHP you can find all the help and resources you will need on the dedicated NHS training site here:


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