Allied health professionals (AHPs) at Airedale held a celebration event on Monday 15 October on the first national AHP day, with tea and cake and the launch of their new strategy.
National AHP day is an opportunity to understand, recognise and celebrate the fundamental role AHPs have in transforming health, care and wellbeing for patients and citizens.
Jill Asbury, director of nursing, addressed the AHPs at their event. She said; “Allied health professionals are a largely untapped set of professionals with enormous talent. I am glad to be part of this event as AHPs deserve to be celebrated, and I hope that we can repeat this every year.”
Freya Sledding, therapy services manager, said “It’s important to recognise the depth and variety of AHP roles. We carry out such a broad range of duties and make a difference to all areas of people’s lives, so it’s good to celebrate what we achieve.”
Allied health professionals are made up of 14 different professions and are the third largest workforce in the NHS. The professions employed at Airedale include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, speech and language therapists, operating department practitioners, radiographers and paramedics. They work both in the hospital and in the community.