TODAY Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) across Sussex NHS celebrate National AHPs Day.

As the third largest workforce in the NHS, AHPs contribute to high quality care, and better outcomes for the people and populations that they serve.

Anne Canby, Strategic Workforce Lead for AHPs for Sussex Health and Care Partnership and Assistant Director of Allied Health Professions for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said:

Today is all about saying thank you to our wonderful allied health professionals across Sussex who have played a significant role in the ongoing response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Thank you for everything that you have done and continue to do for our communities, especially at such a challenging time.

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 patients’ care throughout the life course 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.

A career in the allied health professions makes you highly employable, allows you to help people every day and gives you the flexibility to live and work anywhere.

Find out more about allied health professional careers.

The AHP Council will launch their first Faculty meeting in November with representatives from Trusts, Social Care, Primary Care and Ambulance services. The Faculty will work together to improve workforce supply, education, training and workforce development.

The AHP Faculty will provide each Integrated Care System with a more coherent and coordinated and ultimately more successful AHP workforce transformation programme, using quality improvement methods to develop solutions to the particular challenges that we face in Sussex.

The AHP Faculty Model will be more cost effective than traditional approaches to co-ordinating and delivering workforce transformation plans and result in better quality programmes. The Faculty approach will improve the likelihood of success of AHP projects in achieving workforce transformation goals through:

  • Careers activity
  • Apprenticeships
  • Coordination and expansion of clinical placements
  • Return to practice
  • Work experience