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Allied Health Professionals Day 2020

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 14th October, 2020

Today we celebrate Allied Health Professionals Day (AHPs). It is an opportunity to recognise the contribution of AHPs to patient care and population health, and a chance for other professions to get to know and celebrate the range of AHP skills and achievements.

Did you know there are 14 different AHPs? Just some of the roles include occupational therapists, drama therapists and dietitians. You can find out more about all the different roles and what they each do on the NHS England website.

Today, Jo Pritchard, Lead Physiotherapist within Learning Disability Services talks about her team's role.

She said: "Part of our role is to train our future workforce and we regularly have students on placement. Learning disabilities can be a challenging placement as the work is so varied and will often include assessments and interventions new to the students. We hope to inspire the next generation of AHPs and enable them to be competent to work with people with learning disabilities, whatever their setting.

"Our physiotherapists have attended a seminar recently regarding using virtual technologies to enhance student placements and look forward to welcoming future students through new ways of working."

Comments from two students within the team this year have included:
Speech and Language Therapy student: “I’ve found working in learning disability services to be much more complex than I had imagined and have learned so much”

Occupational Therapy student: “I felt that all of the AHPs really valued integrating current evidence & working creatively - especially as my placement was throughout Covid!”

Today we say thank you to all Allied Health Professionals with our organisation and across the country.

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