Allied Health Professionals


Allied health professionals (AHPs) are the third largest clinical workforce in the NHS.

AHPs are mainly degree-level professions, and those who work in them are professionally autonomous practitioners: 13 of the 14 AHPs are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council, with osteopaths regulated by the General Osteopathic Council.

AHPs provide system-wide care to assess, treat, diagnose and discharge patients across social care, housing, education, and independent and voluntary sectors. By adopting an holistic approach to healthcare, AHPs are able to help manage patients’ care from birth to palliative care. They focus on prevention and improving health and wellbeing to maximise the potential for people to live full and active lives within their family circles, social networks, education/training and the workplace.

AHPs into action is the national framework and strategy for AHPs’ role in transforming health, care and wellbeing.

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