About this work

The vast majority of people in the UK will have a personal experience of health and social care, most will have visited health and social care professionals for hundreds of different reasons from when you’re born to the end of your life. More people are living longer in life and we can all take actions that help us to stay well for as long as possible. There will also be people who have conditions that need support at different times or for a long time and the health and social care system does its very best to ensure that everyone gets what they need, when they need it and that healthcare is always available free at the point of care. You can read more about the Long Term Plan for the NHS here 

 Allied Health Professionals are an important professional group who support the delivery of health and social care services. From paramedics to occupational therapists and physiotherapists, these highly skilled colleagues help people stay well, recover and manage their health. You can find out more about the Allied Health Professionals here.

When we think about reshaping how we deliver health and socialcare we know that Allied Health Professionals have a growing role to play in supporting citizens to keep well and to receive the right care when they need it. 

We want to listen to citizens and hear what is most important to them when they need health support. This will help us to think about what would make the biggest difference for people using the skills and talents of this wide-ranging group of professionals. We will shape what people tell us into some ideas for change, expressed by citizens, that can be shared with the Allied Health Professionals and other health and social care professions. 

Through three big online conversations and multiple focus groups we have listened and brought together 6 proposed priority areas. This will be developed into a plan (strategy) that will have been co-created with citizens and Allied Health Professionals, setting out how the 14 different professions will work with colleagues across health and social care to deliver the changes that citizens want to see, meet the professionals aspirations and deliver the commitments set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

What we heard from Citizens (Click here to view our infographic)

Citizens said they wanted the future plan to focus on; 

  • Making it easier to access support and tackling the barriers that people can face in getting support that can lead to inequalities
  • Improving communication, collaboration and integration to make them feel listened too, the services to feel more joined up, tailored and holistic and helping prevent ill health.
  • Raise the profile of the different roles that AHP's have and how they can support citizens in different ways
  • How the profession can develop and be innovative
  • What we heard from the community of Allied Health Professions (AHPs) (Click here to view our infographic)

    AHPs said they wanted the future plan to focus on;

  • Optimising care so that citizens see the right professional with the right skills at the right time, implementing new ways of working that also consider sustainability, and supporting people with prevention and self-care
  • Developing our identity was seen as a critical part of the health and social care workforce,  working as a community to promote the diversity and clarity around the different roles
  • The ambitions for Allied Health Professions to deliver on their full potential. Career development and progression was important for many and continuing to listen to the citizens’ voice, enabling people to engage was championed by this community.