Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Celebrating allied health professionals day

Monday October 19, 2020

Wednesday 14 October marked national allied health professional day and in true Western style we celebrated with cake!

Fourteen cakes to be exact to match the fourteen professions in the AHP family: art therapists, drama therapists, music therapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, osteopaths, paramedics, physiotherapists, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers and sonographers, and speech and language therapists.

Each AHP profession has a vital role within healthcare from assessment through to diagnosis and treatment. They also teach, train and mentor other clinicians, students, patients and carers.

The focus this year is around workforce and the opportunities training to become an AHP can bring. It is now possible to obtain the relevant skills to become an AHP through an apprenticeship.

Deputy chief nurse Beverley Hales encourages those thinking about training: “AHPs have such a diverse range of professions and the fact you combine academic study with practical, paid employment through an apprenticeship opens the opportunities up to a wider audience.”

Each AHP profession has a vital role within healthcare

Head of therapies Louise Mayer gave thanks to all AHPs in the trust: “I want to thank the contribution of all the allied health professionals, all the AHP support staff and their admin, as well as the AHP students who all enable delivery of the excellent care provided to patients in this organisation and in our communities.

“AHP day is a time to celebrate the positive impact and diversity in skills they bring to health care.”

The trust’s dedicated charity Love Your Hospital visited Worthing, Southlands and St Richard’s, delivering cake to specialist areas, as well as the Wingmen Lounges

To find out more about an apprenticeship role click here

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