Allied Health Profession

Allied Health Professions

The Allied Health Professions are:

Art Therapists

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.

Dietitians

Assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. dieticians translate public health and scientific research on food, health and disease into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

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

Use music, with an individual client or group of clients, to improve functioning and develop potential in a number of skill areas impaired by disability, illness or trauma. These areas include communication, physical, emotional, mental, social and cognitive skills. Music therapy aims to achieve a better quality of life for clients through prevention, rehabilitation or treatment.

Occupational Therapists

Promote health and well-being though occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do; or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.

Orthoptists

Diagnose and treat eye movement disorders and defects of binocular vision.

Paramedics

Paramedics provide urgent and emergency care. They assess and treat people before transferring or referring them to other services, as appropriate

Physiotherapists

Physiotherapists use a holistic approach in the preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic management of disorders of movement or optimisation of function, to enhance the health and well-being of the community from an individual or population perspective. It encompasses a diversity of clinical specialities to meet the unique needs of patient groups with varying health status.

Podiatrists

Assess the vascular, neurological and orthopaedic status of the patient’s lower limbs to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions affecting the feet. Podiatrists focus on relieving symptoms and maintaining functional independence.

Prosthetists and Orthotists

Prosthetists provide care and advice on rehabilitation for patients who have lost or who were born without a limb, fitting the best possible artificial replacement.

Orthotists design and fit orthoses (callipers, braces etc.) which provide support to part of a patient’s body, to compensate for paralysed muscles, provide relief from pain or prevent physical deformities from progressing.

Radiographers – Diagnostic and Therapeutic

Diagnostic Radiographers employ a range of imaging techniques to produce high quality images of injury or disease, often interpreting the images so that correct treatment can be provided. They undertake diagnostic work and independent reporting as part of a multi-disciplinary team and are a key part of the delivery of acute as well as community-based services. Early diagnosis is a vital step in care pathways and the delivery of any subsequent treatment.

Therapeutic radiographers are the only health professionals qualified to plan and deliver radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer. They manage the patient pathway through the many radiotherapy processes, providing care and support for patients throughout their treatment.

Speech and Language Therapists

Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) are concerned with the management of speech, language, communication and swallowing in children and adults. SLTs contribute to the delivery of specialist, targeted and universal services to service users and their families. They reduce long term demands on services by addressing immediate needs that arise from circumstances as well as needs that arise from underlying impairment.

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