Monday 15 October was the first ever Allied Professionals’ Day in the NHS. The day celebrates and recognises the great variety and number of allied health professionals who work in healthcare. There are 14 occupations under this umbrella term, and eight of them work at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust:
• Art therapists
• Music therapists
• Podiatrists
• Dietitians
• Occupational therapists
• Physiotherapists
• Speech and language therapists
• Paramedics

AHPs are the third largest workforce at NHS. Their work carries a huge transformative potential to people’s life, supporting recovery and rehabilitation. AHPs work with people to empower them to make the best of their everyday life.
AHPs at the trust promoted their work on the day by various local activities. The day also recognised that for good care, many different disciplines work together.

Specialist mental health physiotherapists Venkat Narayanan and Beverley Anderson promoted frailty awareness at the Fulbrook Centre, joining staff handover at Cherwell and Sandford Wards. The idea was to help staff understand what frailty syndrome is, and how it impacts on an individual’s capabilities and care needs.

Sandford and Cherwell are adult mental health wards and physiotherapists are an essential part of the team. The team provide support for individuals with musculoskeletal and neurological problems, including rehabilitation following injury. They also support individuals with falls prevention programmes and provide guidance to staff from other disciplines.

“Physiotherapy staff have both mental health and physical health training. This enables us to understand and address the impact that physical health may have on mental wellbeing,” says Bev.

Staff nurse Charlotte Axford agreed. “It was good to discuss these points in our handover, and see how we can put them into action and identify changes in our patients’ condition.”