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AHP careers fellowship scheme

The AHP Careers Fellowship Scheme Closed on 14th October 2022 and will reopen late summer 2023. 

The information below is about this year's Fellowship (2022), the work based project focus/theme of the Fellowship can change each year

The Scheme supports career development for the AHP workforce in the public health and social care sector in Scotland. It does this by funding AHP staff to:

  1. participate in a learning programme delivered by NES, and
  2. lead and deliver a work-based project over 10- 12 months to improve, change or develop AHP services. This can be team, service, locality, organisation or region based. We will also consider national projects

Who can apply

The AHP Careers Fellowship Scheme will accept applications from registered and non registered staff from the following professional groups:

  • Art therapists
  • Dance movement psychotherapists
  • Diagnostic radiographers
  • Dietitians
  • Dramatherapists
  • Music therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Orthoptists
  • Podiatrists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Prosthetists and orthotists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Therapeutic radiographers

FAQs for guidance, details, and timeframes

For more details about the scheme, how it works, the review panel and timeframes for 2022/2023 please see our Frequently Asked Questions FAQs [PDF]

Work-based projects

An AHP Fellowship will fund your release for up to 2.0 days per week over 10 to 12 months (or it could fund additional hours if you currently work part time). You will be part of a cohort of Fellows participating in a learning programme and doing a work-based project.

Your work-based project should be something that…

  • you want to do, feel enthusiastic about and can evidence needs to be done
  • you’ve already discussed with, and sought buy in from, others who will need to be involved e.g. colleagues, your team, line manager, service heads and relevant others
  • is team, service, organisation, or region wide. We’ll also consider national projects;
  • can be achieved over 10 to 12 months
  • is innovative, is about change and development and/or building on learning, not simply a continuation or expansion of existing service delivery and
  • contributes to local or national strategies and priorities.

The Scottish Allied Health Professions Public Health Strategic Framework Implementation Plan: 2022 to 2027 was launched recently. Therefore, this year, we are particularly interested in receiving applications that support the AHP contribution to the Scottish Public Health agenda and which may relate to one of the following four broad areas of Public Health:


Wider determinants – also known as social determinants, are a diverse range of social, economic and environmental factors which impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Addressing the wider determinants of health and wellbeing has a key role to play in reducing health inequalities. Examples can include promoting healthy and inclusive environments and living conditions; and access to education, employment, social and leisure activities. 

Health Improvement - describes the work to improve the health and mental wellbeing of individuals, communities or populations through enabling and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and developing resilience. Examples can include supporting behaviour change throughout the life course. 

Population healthcare – aims to maximise value, equity and good outcomes by focusing on the needs of the population and delivering person centred services across the entire health and care system. Examples can include rehabilitation, recovery and reablement; and supported self-management of long-term conditions in community and integrated care. 

Health Protection – aims to protect the population’s health from communicable diseases and other threats, while reducing health inequalities. Examples can include screening, radiation protection, and health checks (Source: UK AHP Public Health Strategic Framework 2019-2024,

See the FAQs above for more information about how AHPs contribute to Public Health Priorities for Scotland. We also remain open to applications about other strategies and priorities as usual.

It’s never too early to start discussing your work-based project ideas with your colleagues, team leader and, of course, with us. We recommend that you email to set up a time for an informal chat.


Examples of previous projects

If you are looking for inspiration here are some examples of the projects AHP Fellows have done in previous years. You can also look out for blogs from current Fellows on AHPs across health and social care. (

Cohort 1 (commenced April 2019) [PDF]

Cohort 2 (commenced April 2020) [PDF]

Cohort 3 (commenced April 2021) [PDF]

Cohort 4 (commenced April 2022) [PDF]


Cohort 2 and Cohort 3 []
NHS Forth Valley [PDF]
NHS Fife [PDF]
NHS Lothian [PDF]
NHS Lanarkshire [PDF]
NHS Grampian [PDF]


NHS Lanarkshire

AHP CF – Joanne Gibson 

NHS Forth Valley

AHP CF – Patrick Gilmartin

NHS Tayside

AHP CF – Lynne Sheridan

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

AHPCF Debra Little Biteable from NES on Vimeo.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


AHPCF Rhona Burch Biteable from NES on Vimeo.

NHS Tayside


AHPCF Wendy Meldrum Biteable from NES on Vimeo.

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Kirsty Paton, Assistant Practice Educator, Dumfries & Galloway from NES on Vimeo.

Useful information for application

You may also wish to make reference to local policies and initiatives.


Project management guidance

Guidance documents to assist AHPs with management of projects

The following documents will provide AHP Careers Fellows and other AHPs with guidance in developing and managing projects.

The QI Zone

The Quality Improvement Zone on Turas Learn provides information and resources to support people at all levels of experience to develop their knowledge and lead QI projects

Project management guidance

Tools and templates

Contact us


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Last updated: 30/07/2020

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