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Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Day 2021

AHP Day news
14 October 2021

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is proud to be marking the 4th annual AHPs’ Day today (14 October) by recognising the role and commitment of our AHPs.

There are 14 AHP professions including: art therapists, drama therapists, music therapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, osteopaths, paramedics, physiotherapists, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers and speech and language therapists.

These unsung heroes are the backbone of our Trust and are the third largest clinical workforce in the NHS. Today is an opportunity for us to celebrate our AHP family and showcase the impact they make in delivering high quality care for our children and young people.

Professor Sally Shearer, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality and Professional Lead for AHPs at Sheffield Children’s, said: “We’re so proud of our AHP colleagues and are excited to join in with the AHP Day celebrations! We are grateful that every day they go above and beyond to deliver high quality care and better outcomes for the children and young people we care for.

“We appreciate and acknowledge the hard work and skills of our AHPs, but particularly today – on their day! Thank you for everything that you have done and continue to do for our communities, especially at such a challenging time.”

Hear from just a few of our wonderful AHPs

“As an AHP, I am most proud of our willingness to listen to the concerns of families and help them to find solutions.”
Claire Bull, Speech and Language Therapist

“As an AHP I am most proud of how we work with children, young people and their families to help them live healthy happy lives.”
Helen Cameron, Speech and Language Therapist

“As an AHP, I am most proud of our flexibility and steadfast determination, despite huge challenges, to continue to make a difference to people’s lives.”
Tom Endacott, Team Leader, Speech and Language Therapy

“As an AHP, I am most proud of working collaboratively with local schools to make sure that speech, language and communication needs are supported throughout a child’s day, helping them participate, learn and enjoy their time at school.”
Anna Westaway, Speech and Language Therapist

“As an AHP, I am most proud of working with a caring and compassionate group of people to help our patients and their families to have their voices heard.”
Janelle Gardiner, Head of Service, Speech and Language Therapy

“As an AHP I am most proud that we help people live the best lives they possibly can.”
Lynne Moriarty, Speech and Language Therapist

“As an AHP, I am most proud of helping to empower families, to promote a child’s speech, language, and communication, in the early years. This can have such a positive impact on all areas of a child’s life, in the early years and throughout their lives.”
Dana Welch, Team Leader, Speech and Language Therapy

“As an AHP I am most proud of our support that enables children with complex needs to communicate all those every -day but hugely important things that most people take for granted -like what they would like for lunch , how they are feeling and what they enjoy doing.”
Claire W

“As an AHP, I am most proud of being in the privileged position of supporting parents and carers in developing their child’s communications skills so that they have the opportunities they deserve to reach their full potential.”
Bev Charles, Deputy Head of Service, Speech and Language Therapy

“As an AHP, I am most proud of working within the community.”
Alice Woods, Team Leader, Speech and Language Therapy

“Being an AHP I am most proud that the things I do make a difference to people’s lives.”
Nicki Barker, Clinical Research Fellow and Advanced Physiotherapist

“Being an AHP I am most proud of being child and family centred and supporting them to achieve their goals.”
Kerry Grady, Occupational Therapist

“Being an AHP I am most proud of the breadth of skills I can draw on to make my input as effective as possible and see the change in young people that these facilitate.”
Jane Robinson, Adv Physiotherapist Paediatric Pain Management

“Being an AHP I am most proud of leading an integrated physiotherapy and occupational therapy service where we work together, share skills, knowledge, ideas, and best practice to deliver a bigger and better service than we could ever achieve working in isolation.”
Jenny Featherstone, Team Leader for Community Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy / Head of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy 

Join the NHS Professionals staff bank

AHPs can also join the NHS Professionals staff bank. Whether you’re looking to enhance your skillset, gain more experience or simply earn a bit of extra money, we can help you achieve this through the staff bank. Register on the NHS Professionals website.

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