Allied Health Professions: Who are they? What do they do? #FabAHPs #WeAHPs

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<p>What do they do? Physiotherapists</p> <p>Allied Health ProfessionsWho are they? What do they do?#FabAHPsTo support the launch of @FabNHSStuff Fabulous Friday Facts we decided to fill our weekend feed with facts about AHPs.</p> <p>We often get asked, Allied Health Professions, Who are they?, What do they do? so we thought this should be our starting point.</p> <p>Please let us know if we have missed anything or if you want to add your own facts to share the knowledge about #FabAHPsIf you want to post your own Fabulous Friday Fact then please visit the Academy of Fab NHS Stuff website -</p> <p>Allied Health ProfessionsWho are they?#FabAHPsArts therapistsDrama therapistsMusic therapistsChiropodists / Podiatrists DietitiansOccupational therapistsOrthoptists </p> <p>Paramedics Physiotherapists Prosthetists / Orthotists Diagnostic &amp; Therapeutic RadiographersSpeech &amp; language therapistsDistinct professions grouped under the collective AHP umbrella;There are a number of different approaches to defining who the allied health professions (AHPs) are, for this purpose we have included those within the portfolio of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England. We recognise that there are other professions who would define themselves under the AHP umbrella. If you would like to put together your own #FabAHPs blog shot then please let us know!</p> <p>Allied Health ProfessionsWhat do they do?#FabAHPsAHPs are the third largest &amp; most diverse group of professionals.More than 1 in 20 of total NHS staff are AHPs. AHPs proactively use people centred interventions, supporting self-management and care, with the aim of developing or maintaining physical, mental and social functioning.Work in an integrated way across a wide range of locations and sectors.Respond to both acute and long term management, from public health and primary prevention through to specialist disease management and rehabilitation. They are accessible throughout the entire trajectory of life.Although the majority work for the NHS, many also work in social care, education, and the private and voluntary sector.</p> <p>What do they do?Art Therapists#FabAHPsSupport people with emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illness using art as a tool for expression and communication.</p> <p>Ref:</p> <p>What do they do?Drama Therapist#FabAHPsUse drama and theatre in therapy to support the healing process and facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth.Work with people who are experiencing emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.</p> <p>Ref:</p> <p>What do they do?Dietitian#FabAHPsAssess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and public-health level. Translate up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.Ref:</p> <p>What do they do?Music Therapist#FabAHPsUse music to help people connect with themselves and others to facilitate emotional wellbeing and communication.Particularly effective for people who have difficulty communicating verbally due to illness, injury or disability.Ref:</p> <p>What do they do?Occupational Therapist#FabAHPsProvide practical support to enable people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers which prevent activities (occupations) that matter to them.Increase people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.Work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions and in a variety of settings.Ref:</p> <p>What do they do?Orthotist &amp; Prosthetist#FabAHPsAssess and treat the physical and functional limitations of people resulting from illnesses and disabilities, including limb amputations.Orthotists are specifically trained to work with medical supportive devices, such as braces and inserts. Prosthetists are specifically trained to work with prostheses, such as artificial limbs and other body parts. </p> <p>What do they do?Orthoptist#FabAHPsAssess and manage a range of eye problems, mainly those affecting the way the eyes move using appropriate specialist equipment and testing procedures.Prescribe eye exercises or refer for spectacle lenses or eye surgery. Work in hospitals, clinics and schools.</p> <p>Ref:</p> <p>What do they do?Paramedic#FabAHPsAssess a persons condition and give essential treatment. Work at an accident or in a medical emergency, working on their own or with an emergency care assistant or ambulance technician. Also work in GP surgeries supporting timely receipt of primary care.</p> <p>What do they do?Physiotherapists#FabAHPsHelp people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.Maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.Facilitates recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them to remain independent for as long as possible. Ref:</p> <p>What do they do?Chiropodist/Podiatrist#FabAHPsAssess, diagnose and treat all aspects of care for the feet and lower limbs, from offering preventative foot care advice and addressing common foot problems, to treating those patients at high risk e.g. those suffering from arthritis or diabetes who may be at risk of amputation.Ref:</p> <p>What do they do?Diagnostic &amp; Therapeutic Radiographer#FabAHPsDiagnostic radiographers take images of the insides of patients bodies to diagnose injury or disease.Therapeutic Radiographers care for and treat people with cancer.Deliver a sensitive, patient-focused healthcare service using high-tech, expensive equipment.</p> <p>Ref:</p> <p>What do they do?Speech &amp; Language Therapist#FabAHPsSupport and care for people who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.Assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages to help them communicate better. Develop personalised plans to support people who have eating and swallowing problems. Ref:</p> <p>Allied Health ProfessionsWho are they? What do they do?#FabAHPsThere are a number of different approaches to defining who AHPs are, including:Professions represented by the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for NHS England (as shown in this slide share).Those represented by the Chief Health Professions Officer for the Scottish government Allied Health Professions Federation registered health professions</p> <p>@WeAHPs would like to use the wiki definition of 'health care professions distinct from nursing, medicine, and pharmacy' as we're keen to involve everyone. So we have added a profession. Would you like to add yours?</p> <p>What do they do?Operating Department Practitioner#FabAHPsODPs are involved in planning &amp; providing a patient's perioperative care as member of team of anaesthetists, surgeons, nurses and other AHPs:anaesthetic stage (pre-operative)surgical stage (intra-operative)recovery (post-operative).They mainly practice in operating theatres but also in maternity, gastroenterology, x-ray, A&amp;E, critical care, resuscitation teams &amp; inter-hospital transfers.</p> <p></p>