Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) make up a third of the professional clinical workforce within the healthcare industry. They provide holistic care and help people improve their general health and wellbeing
As an AHP you can enjoy great pay, regular working hours, varied and interesting work, and lots of ways to specialise and advance. The best thing is – qualified AHPs are in high demand and employment rates are high.
Allied Health Professionals Career Choices
These are are 14 AHP roles within the
If you choose from one of these professions you will work directly with patients. You’ll see the difference you’re making to people’s lives everyday – relieving pain and helping people to stay independent.
Below we take a closer look at a few of those AHP roles and what you need to study if you want to become one:
Orthoptists specialise in investigating, diagnosing and managing eye conditions that affect eye movements, visual development, or the way the eyes work together.
For example, they may deal with:
misalignment of the eyes (strabismus or squint)
double vision (diplopia)
reduced vision (amblyopia)
is an exciting and varied career. It offers you the chance to make a difference, a high degree of flexibility and excellent employment prospects. You’ll work with patients of all ages every day, to help improve their care and their lives. Orthoptics
Some examples of things you might work on include:
assessing the vision of babies and small children including children with special needs
ensuring speedy rehabilitation of patients who have suffered
or brain injuries stroke diagnosing and monitoring long term eye conditions such as glaucoma
(also known as a chiropodist), you will work with people’s feet and legs. You'll diagnose and treat abnormalities and offer professional advice on care of feet and legs to prevent problems. Podiatrists
You’ll see a huge variety of patients and help them with many different issues, including:
helping children with lower limb pain or problems walking
helping diabetes sufferers with circulation problems who may be at risk of amputation
helping people with sports injuries and dancers whose long hours of rehearsing and performing has put stress on their feet
use doses of x-rays and other ionising radiation to treat medical conditions - mainly cancer and tumours. radiographers
You will work to high levels of accuracy to help ensure the patient's tumour or cancer receives exactly the right dose of radiation, at the same time as ensuring the surrounding normal tissues receive the lowest possible dose.
You'll work with a variety of patients, young and old and provide care at a difficult time of their life. In many cases you'll be helping to save a person's life.
How to Become An Allied Health Professional?
The first step to a career as an AHP is to do a relevant undergraduate or - for
; Drama Therapy or ; Art Therapy a postgraduate degree. - Music Therapy
Your degree should be approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Osteopathy courses should be approved by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) too.
Entry to these courses can be competitive and entry grades will be high. For example, to study for a
at University of East Anglia (UEA), you will need a BBB at A-Level or DDM at BTEC. Speech and Language Therapy BSc (Hons)
Or for a
at University of Gloucestershire you will need AAB at A-Level or DDD at BTEC. Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)
Or for a place on THE
at Buckinghamshire New University you will need 112-128 UCAS points (equivalent to ABB - BBC at A-Level). Operating Department Practice BSc
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