Celebrating Allied Health Professions (AHPs’) Day: a message from our Chief Executive

14 Oct 2021

Today is Allied Health Professions (AHPs’) Day, which aims to celebrate AHPs and showcase the impact they make to the NHS. Allied Health Professionals are the third largest workforce within the NHS. They provide a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and support services and help manage our patients’ care and improve their health and wellbeing.

In recognition of AHP Day, I spent yesterday morning with the Exeter Community Neurological Rehabilitation team so I could see first-hand some of the amazing work that our AHPs do for the RD&E and for our patients and communities.

I met with Catherine Bragg, Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapist, at the Whipton Community Hospital, and attended the team’s weekly multi-disciplinary meeting, which was a great way to understand some of the responsibilities and challenges that the team face on a daily basis. I then attended a patient’s physio treatment session at the hospital gym, and spoke to Claire Thomas, Specialist Physio, about the work that she does and how important it is to ensure our patients can stay active and independent for as long as possible. I was also able to accompany Catherine on a rehab home visit and see how essential it is that we continue to care for our patients this way, even after they have returned to the community.

It was fabulous to see the difference this team is making to people’s lives, particularly in ways that many of us would take for granted, such as walking a short distance or taking a shower, and the appreciation expressed by patients was very humbling.  

I’d like to say a big thank you to the team for taking the time out of their morning to talk to me about how important AHPs are, and a huge thank you to all of our Allied Health Professions across the RD&E who make such a difference to the lives of our patients and provide such a vital service to the organisation. Happy AHPs’ Day!

 

Suzanne Tracey
Chief Executive Officer

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