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Allied Health Professions Day 2021

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 14th October, 2021

Today we celebrate Allied Health Professions (AHPs') Day.

The day 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 many different AHP roles? Just some of the careers include occupational therapists, art and drama therapists and dietitians. You can find out more about all the different roles and what they each do on the NHS England website.

Charli KennedyToday, Charli Kennedy, Occupational Therapist, talks about her secondment to develop a workforce plan for the AHP workforce, part of a wider national programme of work.

"Hi, I’m Charli and I am an Occupational Therapist. I graduated from Plymouth University in 2016 and have since worked in acute physical health as well as secure and rehabilitation inpatient mental health units. More recently I have been working within the Practice Education Team supporting learners and newly qualified staff within our organisation.

"I am particularly enthusiastic about supporting staff and promoting diverse pathways into study, should any staff want to pursue that route.

"I have recently started work on a project (AHP Workforce Planner) to support, explore and problem solve some of the workforce issues for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). This is nationally led project, so the plans that we develop as an organisation will feed into the Integrated Care System (ICS) and regional AHP workforce strategy, which in turn will contribute to the national approach.

"Part of my role will be to collaborate with our workforce development team to pull together some figures and forecast what our needs as a Trust will look like in the coming years, develop a plan to address these issues and standardise some of our processes. Some of the priorities we are currently tackling are:

  • Ensuring all staff have access to the skills, support and education that match their ambitions; from pre-GCSE level to qualified professional level
  • Supporting AHPS to join our trust through our Return To Practice scheme
  • Supporting our newly qualified staff to get the best experience from their first role

"One useful document I’d like to share is the AHP support worker framework. The document will be used to map our current staff and to better understand how to support those who want to develop their career, regardless of their current education and experience level.

"I would love to hear from anyone who has an interest in AHP Workforce Planning project, particularly those who have ambitions to study or who have completed study and want to share their story."

Charlie can be contacted on

Who are Allied Health Professionals?

Allied Health Professionals

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