What are Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)?

AHPs are healthcare specialists who provide treatment and help rehabilitate patients; spending their careers helping others live the fullest lives possible.


They work directly with patients, where they can really see the difference they make to people’s everyday lives – relieving their pain and helping them stay independent. AHPs make up the third largest clinical workforce in the NHS, giving you so many career options to explore!

There are 15 AHPs, they comprise of:

• Art therapists
• Drama therapists
• Music therapists
• Podiatrists
• Dietitians
• Occupational therapists
• Operating department practitioners
• Orthoptists
• Osteopaths
• Paramedics
• Physiotherapists
• Prosthetists and orthotists
• Therapeutic radiographers
• Diagnostic radiographers
• Speech and language therapists.

What are the benefits of being an AHP?


AHPs enjoy:
· diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating patients
· great pay
· regular working hours
· varied and interesting work
· lots of ways to specialise and advance


The best thing is – there are so many opportunities and most graduates find a job straight away!

Do I need work experience?


Universities may ask students to have prior experience in a professional health environment – so why not get in touch with your local AHP departments to see if you can visit, this will also help to give you some insight into the professions and help you to make a decision. It can be challenging finding a good placement so it may also be worth considering work experience with care homes, charity volunteering or with St John Ambulance.

Feel free to contact us if you need any advice about work experience in an AHP department, info@iseethedifference.co.uk

Can I do apprenticeships?


Apprenticeships for AHPs are still very new – however they are evolving as we speak so keep a look out for updates! Currently Podiatry, Paramedics, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice and Physiotherapy, to name a few, offer degree apprenticeships. 


To find an apprenticeship, search: www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
There are also more details on the I See The Difference website, www.iseethedifference.co.uk/all-allied-health-professions

How long does it take to train?


The requirements of each AHP varies slightly, however the usual route is a three year undergraduate course at university to train to become an AHP and to become a healthcare specialist. Most of the time, these courses allow you to be hands on and to deal with real patients in a real work environment – giving you a great insight into the life of an AHP.

Visit our AHP page https://www.iseethedifference.co.uk/all-allied-health-professions for more details on each AHP.

What are the average grades needed at A levels?


Entry requirements vary amongst universities, ranging from CCC to BBB at A-Level (or equivalent).
Although many universities will accept BTEC qualifications, entry requirements may vary depending on institutions.


If you’re interested in what the entry requirements are, why not have a chat with the university of your choice? Take a look at our course finder https://iseethedifference.co.uk/course-finder/

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