Meet three students with the AHP world at their feet

Today is Allied Health Professions Day - a whole 24 hours devoted to celebrating the contribution made by a diverse and devoted workforce.

Meet three students with the AHP world at their feet

There are 14 different disciplines in the AHP family and Oxford Health has eight of them embedded in its mental and community health settings across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset.

One group of professionals amongst the AHP family are the podiatrists – experts on feet and helping to solve a range of problems that can be caused when something’s not quite right with them.

Ivana Lenartova (pictured) said: “I am a second year podiatry student. I was allocated to complete my placement hours within Oxford Health in my first year of study. Thankfully, I am with the same team this year too!   I have been greatly welcomed and accommodated by everyone.

“I enjoy receiving the training I need and helpful advice from different podiatrists in the community. Seeing different people with various conditions broad my understanding and experience in podiatry. I found it very inspiring.

“I mainly chose to be a podiatrist because I enjoy understanding how certain health conditions can really affect our feet and being able to help patients is the best reward”.

Lisa Nickels, who is also pursuing a career in podiatry, explained: “I am very appreciative of Oxford Health for taking me on as a podiatry student, this enables me to see first hand the care and attention that is given to patients within the NHS. My placement within Oxford Health has inspired me to continue with my studies and has confirmed to me that podiatry is a much needed skill.

“It makes me very proud to be part of a team connecting with other professionals. Working together to help and care for individuals gives me great appreciation of the profession I have chosen to study.”

Jodie Smith, said: “As a third-year podiatry student from Northampton University, my placement with the Oxford Health team provides me invaluable experience – the opportunity to connect with the patients and be inspired by experienced Podiatrists. I’m excited to be a part of the future allied health professional workforce. Let’s celebrate keeping people on their feet!”

If you want to find out more about opportunities in the Allied Health Professions, take a look at this page.

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Published: 14 October 2021