How an overlooked workforce is key to rescuing the NHS Allied health professionals are well primed to address key challenges facing health and social care.
Their numbers have grown by a third since 2002 and they now make up about 6% of the NHS workforce. They already deliver the prevention, public health services and integrated out-of-hospital care that NHS England’s Five Year Forward View and the health service financial sustainability agenda are crying out for.
They are the allied health professionals (AHPs): occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, paramedics, prosthetists and others – who, according to a landmark investigation by the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation, are well primed to address the key challenges facing health and care. Yet, the same research also says, their contribution to the NHS is obscured. Continue reading... The Guardian