AHP

AHP

Introduction

Allied Health Professions (AHPs) are the third largest workforce in the NHS. In the main they are degree level professions, and are professionally autonomous practitioners. The majority of AHPs are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
They provide system-wide care to assess, treat, diagnose and discharge patients. Through adopting an holistic approach to healthcare, AHPs are able to help manage patients’ care throughout the life course from birth to palliative care.
The 14 AHP roles include Art Therapists, Drama therapists, Music therapists, Chiropodists/podiatrists, Dietitians, Occupational therapists, Operating Department Practitioners, Orthoptists, Osteopaths, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Prosthetists and Orthotists, Radiographers, Speech and language therapists

Dietitians are part of the multi-professional team working across Primary Care to deliver key service improvements to the way patients access care. Working at the top of their clinical scope of practice, they are able to manage a clinical caseload and support the increase of capacity and resource in general practice. This is achieved through offering dietary management advice for short and long-term conditions, and at the front of pathways for patients presenting with gastroenterological conditions and food allergies
For further information in relation to Dietitians in Primary Care please refer to the ARRS booklet
Experience

  • A BSc (Hons) degree in dietetics is required to work as a dietitian in any setting, although there are shortened postgraduate programmes available. A degree apprenticeship standard in dietetics has also been approved
  • Need to have a minimum of three years of postgraduate experience in their professional specialty area of practice before starting in primary care

Education/Training

  • For Band 7 roles, Health Education England  Primary Care FCP capability training must be completed as the minimum threshold for entry to primary care and be supported by appropriate governance and indemnity.
  • Health Education England primary care FCP training can begin 3-5 years postgraduate
  • For Band 8a roles, the Health Education England FC training must be completed, and they must be working at an advanced level of practice i.e. at master’s level (level 7) across all four pillars of advanced practice.
  • For Continued Professional Development/training opportunities, please refer to our training calendar below for further information

Supervision/Support
•           Access to appropriate supervisor
•           Peer Support

Occupational Therapists are part of the multi-professional team working across Primary Care to deliver key service improvements to the way patients access care. Working at the top of their clinical scope of practice, they are able to manage a clinical caseload for a variety of patient groups who present with underlying complex problems that are the root cause of multiple issues. For example frailty, end of life care, mental health, social isolation, loneliness, sickness absence from work, or unemployment.
Their early intervention can prevent crises or loss of ability to manage day-to-day activities. Their work can potentially reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, and improve successful transitions to the community and back to work.
For further information in relation to Occupational Therapists in Primary Care please refer to the ARRS booklet 
Experience

  • A BSc degree in occupational therapy is required to work as an occupational therapist in any setting
  • Need to have a minimum of three years of postgraduate experience in their professional specialty area of practice before starting in primary care

Education/Training

  • For Band 7 roles, Health Education England  Primary Care FCP capability training must be completed as the minimum threshold for entry to primary care and be supported by appropriate governance and indemnity
  • Health Education England primary care FCP training can begin 3-5 years postgraduate
  • For Band 8a roles, the Health Education England FC training must be completed, and they must be working at an advanced level of practice i.e. at master’s level (level 7) across all four pillars of advanced practice..
  • For Continued Professional Development/training opportunities, please refer to our training calendar below for further information

Supervision/Support

  • Access to appropriate supervisor
  • Peer Support

Paramedics are part of the multi-professional team working across Primary Care to deliver key service improvements to the way patients access care. Working at the top of their clinical scope of practice, they are able to manage a clinical caseload, dealing with presenting patients’, ensuring patient choice and ease of access to services. They can support the Same Day Care team within the practice e.g. minor injury and illness, abdominal pains, chest pain, tiredness and headache. Perform specialist health checks and reviews. For further information in relation to Paramedics in Primary Care please refer to the ARRS booklet.
Experience

  • A BSc in a training programme approved by the College of Paramedics
  • Need to have a minimum of three years of postgraduate experience in their professional specialty area of practice before starting in primary care

Education/Training

  • For Band 7 roles, Health Education England  Primary Care FCP capability training must be completed as the minimum threshold for entry to primary care and be supported by appropriate governance and indemnity. The modules can be accessed using these links:-

Primary Care modules - https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/musculoskeletal-primary-care/
Personalised Care modules – https://www.personalisedcareinstitute.org.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=31

  • Health Education England primary care FCP training can begin 3-5 years postgraduate
  • For Band 8a roles, the Health Education England FC training must be completed, and they must be working at an advanced level of practice i.e. at master’s level (level 7) across all four pillars of advanced practice.
  • For Continued Professional Development/training opportunities, please refer to our training calendar below for further information

Supervision/Support

  • Access to appropriate supervisor
  • Peer Support

Physiotherapists are part of the multi-professional team working across Primary Care to deliver key service improvements to the way patients access care. Working at the top of their clinical scope of practice, they are able to manage a clinical caseload, assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing musculoskeletal (MSK) problems and undifferentiated conditions and – where appropriate – discharging a person without a medical referral. They are able to take direct self-referrals or direct referrals from staff in GP practices who can direct patients to them to establish a rapid and accurate diagnosis and management plan to streamline pathways of care. For further information in relation to Physiotherapists in Primary Care please refer to the ARRS booklet 

Experience

  • A physiotherapy degree (BSc) is required to work as a physiotherapist in any setting.
  • Need to have a minimum of three years of postgraduate experience in their professional speciality area of practice before starting in primary care

Education/Training

  • For band 7 roles Health Education England Primary care FCP capability training must be completed as the minimum threshold for entry to primary care and be supported by appropriate governance and indemnity. The modules can be accessed using these links:-

Primary Care modules - https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/musculoskeletal-primary-care/
Personalised Care modules – https://www.personalisedcareinstitute.org.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=31

  • Health Education England primary care FCP training can begin 3-5 years postgraduate
  • For band 8a roles the Health Education England FC primary care training must be completed, and they must be working at an advanced level of practice i.e. at master’s level (level 7) across all four pillars of advanced practice.
  • For Continued Professional Development/training opportunities, please refer to our training calendar below for further information

Supervision/Support

  • Access to appropriate supervisor
  • Peer support

Podiatrists are part of the multi-professional team working across Primary Care to deliver key service improvements to the way patients access care. Working at the top of their clinical scope of practice, they are able to manage a clinical caseload and assess and treat patients of all ages across a wide range of conditions. This includes people with lower limb biomechanical problems, structural deformities, vascular issues, diabetes, arthritis, dermatological problems, and general infections. Podiatrists may also use MSK ultrasound, injection therapy, and prescribing as part of their patient management.
For further information in relation to Podiatrists in Primary Care please refer to the ARRS booklet
Experience

  • Must have a BSc to work as a podiatrist in all settings.
  • Need to have a minimum of three years of postgraduate experience in their professional specialty area of practice before starting in primary care

Education/Training

  • For Band 7 roles, Health Education England  Primary Care FCP capability training must be completed as the minimum threshold for entry to primary care and be supported by appropriate governance and indemnity.
  • Health Education England primary care FCP training can begin 3-5 years postgraduate
  • For Band 8a roles, the Health Education England FC training must be completed, and they must be working at an advanced level of practice i.e. at master’s level (level 7) across all four pillars of advanced practice..
  • For Continued Professional Development/training opportunities, please refer to our training calendar below for further information

Supervision/Support

  • Access to appropriate supervisor
  • Peer Support