This week @ahpscot will be joining colleagues far and wide to celebrate National Allied Health Professions Day, AHPsDay on Thursday 14th October.
Want to find out more and join in the celebrations? Do you have 5 minutes? Then take 5 and find out more below.
A big thank you to the National Allied Health Professions Social Media Coalition and the NHS Education Scotland (NES) Allied Health Professions team who have kindly gave permission to share the information and ideas below.
What does AHP mean?
AHP is shorthand for Allied Health Professionals. There are 14 AHP Professions in Scotland.
The 14 AHP Professions in Scotland
- Art Therapists
- Diagnostic radiographers
- Drama Therapists
- Music Therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech and language therapists.
- Therapeutic radiographers
What is AHPs Day?
It is an annual event, which started in 2018, and is marked on the 14th of October. It is a day to join together as Allied Health Professionals.
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.
#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 social media hashtags #AHPsDay & #AHPsDayScot.
What could I share for #AHPsDayScot?
Celebrate, Appreciate, Inspire, Connect
This year the four key areas of focus will continue to be: Celebrate, Appreciate, Inspire, Connect
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 you 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 those of 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. We are committed to making an AHP career, a career of choice, offering the opportunity to explore the variety of career opportunities across the AHP professions.
- Share how you are inspiring our future workforce or maybe how you are offering new and innovative models of practice placements #inspiring
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? How are you connecting across the system on the shared ambition and aspiration of Scotland’s National Performance Framework? #connect
Join other Allied Health Professionals in a day of collective action, by doing something that is meaningful and important to you.
I’m an AHP but don’t use Social Media. What value is there in using Social Media ?
Here’s a great video that tells you more.
Would you like to join in with the AHP Twitter challenge?
Why not challenge a fellow AHP? Find out more here AHP Twitter 10 day challenge ( Download, 215 KB)
Looking for Resources to Support #AHPsDayScot?
There are lots of resources available to support the day. Follow the link here: