#AHPCYP – Children and Young People’s AHPs – Four weeks of blogs starting next week

Introduction #AHPCYP – Children & Young People’s AHPs

by @janerahpl , AHP National Lead for Children & Young People

Four weeks of blogging on @AHPScotBlog relating to Children & Young People’s AHPs

Back in October I wrote my first blog for @AHPScot about milestones and this month sees another milestone; a month devoted to finding out more about AHPs working with children and young people. When I was initially asked to take the lead on this I thought I would struggle with topics but once I started thinking I could have carried on for several more months!! I won’t but I will revisit this opportunity later in the year.

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As an AHP working with children and young people you could find yourself working anywhere; acute hospitals (children’s and adults!), nurseries or schools, out-patient clinics, homes, young offenders institutions the list could go on. Equally interventions can vary considerably from direct working one:one with a child and their family, to providing training for education staff to enable a group of children to develop the necessary skills to succeed at school and in life, to preventing unnecessary hospital admission.Therefore this month I have asked a range of AHPs working in a variety of different areas to contribute to give an overview of the work they do.

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The first blog in the series – out on Monday- has been written by Gillian Boag and Beth Brewster, SLTs and Early Years Collaborative Co-ordinators who will share their achievements and learning from their roles.

The other blogs will share the experience of being an AHP working with children in a remote and rural health board, AHPs working with children with cancer and also from an award winning paediatric radiography team.

However to get you started I want to share this profile of Zoe Johnstone who is a community respiratory physiotherapist who leads the rapid response service which has reduced hospital stays for children with complex needs ; Rapid Response via @csp

Finally I want give a huge thanks to all the AHPs who have contributed this #AHPCYPTakeover and I hope that this gives you a flavour of some of the innovative and exciting roles within child health. There are many more potential child health bloggers out there so watch this space!

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