Last week I had the pleasure of joining the national celebrations for Allied Health Professionals. AHPs Day was the opportunity to say thank you to all our wonderful AHP colleagues with a day of networking, friendship and fascinating presentations at Dudley-Kingswinford Rugby Club.
AHPs represent many different roles and specialities and they all play an integral part in supporting our patients to live well and be well, throughout both our hospital and community settings.
Did you know there are 12 allied health professions, from art therapists, dieticians and SALT to physiotherapist and orthoptists, every one of them making their own unique contribution to our teams? They have many skills and one focus – to ensure they offer personalised care and in doing so promote professional standards that support high quality care.
AHPs are the third largest workforce in our Trust and have so much to offer beyond their professional areas of expertise. They will play a vital role in supporting transformation of our workforce by developing new ways of working as we strengthen interdisciplinary leadership and learning.
So while October 14th was one special day on which to celebrate their contribution, let’s take time every day to stop and recognise our AHP colleagues and remember – don’t be defined by what expertise you have but by the leadership you bring to changing and supporting an inclusive culture.