Allied Health Professions (AHPs) day

Monday 14th October, taking place across the country.

What is AHPs Day?

AHPs day is a grass root opportunity for AHPs to come together and celebrate being part of the AHP family. AHPs Day is a social movement to enable AHPs to collaborate within services, organisations and regions to:

  • Improve awareness of the roles of the fourteen allied health professions
  • Demonstrate the achievements of local services, and their impact on patient care and population health
  • Support integrated working with other services and organisations
  • AHPs are now the second largest healthcare workforce with significant opportunities to support delivery of the NHS long term plan

Background

The idea for a national Allied Health Profession (AHP) day came from a Rachael Brandreth, a dietitian and a speech and language therapist based in Cornwall who shared the bus home after a long challenging day at work to which they started reflect and think about AHPs into Action, the ideas started sparking. This inspired them to tweet the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) Suzanne Rastrick to find out if they could have an AHP appreciation day. That evening Suzanne retweeted that tweet and twitter went crazy. There was so much support for the idea and in less than 24 hours we had buy-in from all of the 14 professions. There was so much support for the idea that we took it to @WeAHPs who held a poll to find a date. The poll agreed on 14th October to represent the 14 professions, however it was then found to be a Sunday so we held it on the 15th for the first one, it will be 14th going forward.

Who’s it for?

All AHPs: Art Therapists, drama therapists, music therapists, chiropodists and podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthopists, osteopaths, paramdeics, physiotherapists, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers, and last but by no means least speech and language therapists. As well as anyone who wants to celebrate the great work that AHPs do and those who want learn more about our wonderful professions.

What can we do to join in?

This is very much driven by local ideas and opportunities. Follow #AHPsDay on Twitter you’ll be able to see examples from last year as well as plans starting to take shape for this year. You can also find out more about last year from the WeCommunities.

Various events will be taking place up and down the country in NHS Trusts. If you have any questions or would like further information on the AHP Day you can contact; Helen Ross helen.ross8@nhs.net

Links

This year Suzanne Rastrick invited AHPs to invite her to visit their services on AHPs day.  She announced the winner, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust at her National conference on 18 July 2019.