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Allied Health Professions

Allied Health Professions

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On this page you can find out more information about our allied health professions (AHPs) who work at Airedale

Allied Health Professions at Airedale

Occupational therapy
Speech and Language Therapy
Operating Department Practitioners

About us

The Allied Health Professions (AHPs) are the third largest workforce in the NHS.

AHPs provide system-wide care to assess, treat, diagnose and discharge patients across social care, housing, education and independent and voluntary sectors.

Through adopting a holistic approach to healthcare, AHPs are able to help manage patient care throughout, from birth to palliative care. Their focus is on prevention and improvement of health and wellbeing to maximise the potential for individuals to live full and active lives within their family circles, social networks, education/training and the workplace.

Our Airedale AHPs support and provide solutions to help people live their lives as fully as possible. Their roles help to ensure that Airedale is an effective, efficient and caring environment that provides the best patient outcomes.

AHPs are degree level professions and are professionally autonomous practitioners. 13/14 AHPs are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) with Osteopaths regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOC).

At Airedale, we employ six different AHPs:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Dietetics
  • ODPs
  • Radiographers

We currently have 288 registered AHP staff and 115 AHP support workers working across the Trust.

Cartoon graphic of different types of AHPs

We also have orthotics professionals working within our mobility service who are provided by the company Peacocks, and are very much part of our AHP family at Airedale. We work closely with  AHP colleagues in our neighbouring NHS trusts and local authorities.

Each profession has a professional lead and they are led by our Chief AHP and Deputy Chief AHP.

Our Senior team

Portrait of Freya Sledding

Freya Sledding

Chief Allied Health Professional (AHP)

Portrait of Laura Rowe

Laura Rowe

Head of Therapy Services and Deputy Chief Allied Health Professional (AHP)

Portrait of Jo Sainty

Jo Sainty

Physiotherapy Professional Lead/Operational Lead MSK and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy.

Our AHP workforce strategy

Ensuring that the Trust has the right AHP’s with the right skills and the right time is a key priority to be able to serve our patients and communities.

Click on the PDF below to view our AHP workforce strategy.

AHP 2021-2026 Workforce strategy

Working in partnership

West Yorkshire

Aspiring Allies is an awareness and engagement initiative built around raising the profile of Allied Health Professional careers.

Find out more on their website –


The Allied Health Professions (AHPs) strategy for England – AHPs Deliver, can be found on the NHS website.

NHS England » The Allied Health Professions (AHPs) strategy for England – AHPs Deliver

Further information

Find out more about the fourteen Allied Health Professions at

Health and Care Professions Council –