Allied health professionals

There are all sorts of roles available within the allied health professions. 

You could help treat a broken toe or assess and make recommendations for someone’s diet. The allied health professions (AHPs) include everything from podiatrist, dietitian, osteopath and music therapist, to physiotherapist, diagnostic radiographer, therapeutic radiographer, and speech and language therapist

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Whichever you choose, you'll make a big difference to patient care.

Whether you're interested in science, the arts or physical movement, you're bound to find a role to suit you.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements to be an AHP vary, and acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a professional involves training and study at degree or diploma level.

The academic requirements and training demands are high, but so are the rewards, in terms of both job satisfaction and career prospects.

Have a look at the role pages in this section for more detail.

Autonomy and teamwork

AHPs carry their own caseloads and work as autonomous professionals, for example working directly with patients to develop interactive therapies to aid recovery.

But AHPs will also be part of a team and may even lead one. This might mean working with other AHPs or professionals such GPs, hospital doctors, teachers, or social workers.

AHPs see patients and clients in different surroundings and they work in hospitals, clinics, housing services, people's homes, schools and colleges, to name but few.

Support roles

The health system also needs a range of vital support staff. These roles do not require any set academic qualifications, so have a look at our clinical support roles section.

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