Allied Health Professions: art therapists, drama therapists, music therapists, podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, prosthetists and orthotists, paramedics, orthoptists, physiotherapists, diagnostic radiographers, therapeutic radiographers, speech and language therapists.
You are invited to join other allied healthcare professionals to celebrate AHPs Day (#AHPsDay & #AHPSDayScot) on Thursday 14th October 2021.
As with previous years, you are invited to join other Allied Health Professionals in a day of collective action, by doing something that is meaningful and important to you. The first ever AHPs Day was held in October 2018 to celebrate, appreciate and recognise the extraordinary work of the AHP workforce. In 2019 we were all about sharing why we were proud to be an AHP and joined by AHPs from across the globe including Singapore, New Zealand and Australia, making it a truly international social movement.
In 2021, the value of coming together globally as an allied health professional community has never been more important. The past 18 months have been challenging but also inspiring, where we have seen on a daily basis what a positive impact we can make to people’s lives and the way we have adapted our practice due to the demands of a pandemic. So, let’s use this year’s AHP day to stop, think and reflect on what a contribution we have all made and the importance of working together as an allied health professional community and in partnership with the teams we work with and the people we are here to support.
Inspiring examples of the celebrations in 2020 included occupational therapy staff and students from Glasgow Caledonian University setting up an informal network called OTogether and our AHP Directors choosing to get in front of the camera and creating short videos of thanks to #celebrate and #appreciate the work and contribution of their AHP teams and services within their board. A new and exciting Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Compendium was developed to help people understand who Allied Health Professionals are and what differences they make and all the work to support allied health professionals in Scotland was developed and can still be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/4acpyxe8
This year the four key areas of focus will continue to be:
Celebrating who we are as allied health professionals, the people we work with and the impact we can make every day. Why not have a virtual get together to share and celebrate all your successes - you choose how! #celebrate
Appreciating our skills and impact on care and support in our local communities is important. Do you have local stories to share? Maybe you will be hosting AHP appreciation awards? We know relationships and people are at the heart of everything we do, why not use the day to day to just say thank you, reflect on how we look after our own health and wellbeing and the people we work with. #appreciate
Inspiring our future workforce and ensuring we can continue to grow an AHP workforce fit for the future is everyone's responsibility. Why not use this theme to support people looking into a career as an AHP, a career of choice. You could share how you are inspiring our future workforce or maybe how you are offering new and innovative models of practice placements #inspire
Connecting with others. What relationships and conversations do you need to be engaging in to plug AHPs into workforce transformation and pathway redesign in your system? How are you connecting research with clinical practice? How are you sharing success and joining the dots on quality improvement and local and national policies? How are you connecting across the system on the shared ambition and aspiration of Scotland’s National Performance Framework? #connect
On the day, remember #AHPsDay is a social movement - there are no must do's, only can do's! The important thing is to share it with others using the hashtags #AHPsDay & #AHPsDayScot on social media.