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Allied Health Professions

The Allied Health Professions

Well-educated allied health professionals (AHPs) make a major contribution to safe, effective and person-centered health and social care, AHPs help people to regain life skills and enjoy quality of life, even when faced with life-limiting conditions.

In Scotland, the AHP group includes:

  • Arts Therapists (art, drama, music)
  • Dietitians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Orthoptists
  • Podiatrists
  • Prosthetists and orthotists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Radiographers (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • Speech & language therapists

As from the 1 April 2013, Paramedics have been included under the AHP term in Scotland.

The AHP workforce includes staff at almost every level within the Skills for Health Career Framework.  As autonomous practitioners AHPs can see, diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and discharge people through care pathways. In addition they have a valuable role to play in the prevention of disease, advising on healthy lifestyles and assisting people to keep fit and active as they progress through the ages.  AHPs are also involved in research and work across all care settings, providing vital services as part of early years and child health through to adult and older people.