You can be an allied health professional (AHP)

AHPs use their unique skills and knowledge to improve people’s lives.

You may already have heard of a physiotherapist, a dietitian, or a paramedic. Let’s explore all AHP job roles in the NHSScotland workforce.

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Who are AHPs?

Allied health professionals are the third largest clinical workforce in NHSScotland. 

AHPs assess, diagnose, and treat people of all ages to enhance their health, wellbeing, and quality of life. AHPs also signpost people to other services to help them access additional care and support they may need. 

14 unique professions

There are 14 different allied health professions in Scotland. They are:

  • art therapist
  • diagnostic radiographer
  • dietitian
  • dramatherapist
  • music therapist
  • occupational therapist
  • orthoptist
  • orthotist
  • paramedic
  • physiotherapist
  • podiatrist
  • prosthetist
  • speech and language therapist
  • therapeutic radiographer

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Illustration of a female dietitian

Innovative and diverse roles

You could be an AHP working in clinical practice in a wide range of environments, including community settings, GP practices, hospitals, patients' homes, prison services, and schools.

AHPs also work in:

  • evidence, research, and development to inform practice and improve services
  • roles that facilitate learning to support the education and development
    of others
  • leadership roles to lead teams and manage services

Starting your AHP career

There are lots of ways to start your career as an AHP.

Getting the knowledge and skills to become an AHP requires training and studying at a degree level.  The pre-registration degree programme you choose must be approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

When you graduate, you’ll be able to register with the HCPC and work in the NHS.

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Looking for career inspiration?

Our new AHP career guide tells you all you need to know about our 14 allied health professions.

Education pathways to an AHP career

Download our AHP education pathway poster to discover your route to a rewarding AHP career.