Highland allied health professional event ‘success’

Friday 28th June 2019

School pupils across the Highlands are being urged to consider a career as an Allied Health Professional after NHS Highland held a careers day to raise awareness of the opportunities a career as an AHP offers.

More than 30 fifth and sixth year pupils attended the event, which was aimed at teenagers with an interest in becoming AHPs.

AHPs work in partnership with doctors, dentists, nurses or pharmacists. Roles can include dieticians, physiotherapists, and speech and language therapists.

Kerrie Maclean, NHS Highland’s AHP practice education lead, explained: “While the students had expressed an interest in an AHP career we wanted to provide an insight into NHS Highland and working in the NHS and also highlight some of the lesser known professions such as Orthoptics, Podiatry, Therapeutic Radiography, Orthotics and Prosthetics.”

Aspiring AHPs attended practical workshops run by each of the professions, while a group of recent graduates were on hand to talk about their own personal experience of studying and working as an AHP.

Robert Gordon University staff also provided advice on the university application process and students were told about work placements being offered by the university, NHS Highland and Highland council.

Students are being offered work experience in a clinical setting in the specific area they plan to study.

Ms Maclean added: “Feedback on the day from the students has been really positive. They all enjoyed it and found it very valuable gaining an insight into the wide range of professions that come under the AHP banner.

“I’m delighted at how well the day went and the interest shown by the delegates in the work experience opportunities available. It is my hope that we will one day see these students coming to work in NHS Highland as AHPs.”