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Celebrate, appreciate, inspire – AHP day

Monday 14 October 2019

Today is Allied Health Professions (AHPs) day, when we celebrate the impact and work of the allied health professions.

AHPs include art therapists, drama therapists, music therapists, chiropodists and podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, osteopaths, paramedics, physiotherapists, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers, and last but by no means least, speech and language therapists.

Our School of Health and Society is one of the leading providers of Allied Health training in the North West, with courses such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiography, Podiatry and Prosthetics and Orthotics. We provide a workforce to the NHS and beyond; making a difference to lives in our community.

Professor Margaret Rowe, Dean of the School of Health and Society, said: “I am proud of the impact that our award winning and talented AHP staff make in training the practitioners of the future. Each day they lead the way in research, practice and innovation and make a real difference to the students’ learning, making them fit for practice and changing lives”.

Dr Vicky Halliwell, Deputy Dean for the School of Health and Society and Chair of the Greater Manchester AHP Workforce Group said: "The 14 AHPs have diverse skills to bring to enhance patient care, improve outcomes and support the transformation agenda. Whether supporting primary care as First Contact Practitioners, as Advanced Practitioners or working together in acute rehabilitation, emergency care or on a diagnostic pathway these professions offer a fantastic and challenging career. The GM AHP strategy demonstrates the vision and actions to address challenges and opportunities for this workforce going forward."

This year we have celebrated increasing our student numbers in our undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy and occupational therapy courses; more international students on our podiatry training courses than ever before; being first in the UK and fifth globally for research papers in radiography; and have been awarded the doctoral training school status for our prosthetics and orthotics training.

Throughout the day we are hoping to gather the stories, thoughts and experiences of our fantastic AHP colleagues and students. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter at @UoS_HealthSoc and use the hashtags #AHPsDay and #AHPSalford

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Róisín Schofield

0161 295 2929