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Allied health professionals recognised in Scottish Parliament on AHPsDay

14 October, 2020

Author: Natasha Abramson

Front cover of Best of Scotland's AHPs Compendium 2020

A motion is to be put forward today in the Scottish Parliament that acknowledges and recognises the work of AHPs across healthcare services.

The motion also ‘commends’ the Best of Scotland's AHPs Compendium 2020, an e-book released on AHPsDay (14 October) which celebrates the work of staff across the professions by presenting their individual stories of ‘positive impact’.

The motion, put forward by Lewis McDonald, Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland, notes ‘the benefits of a multidisciplinary team to patient care and outcomes through applying a holistic approach to care, including improving hospital discharge and services within acute care, social care, housing, education, and mental health settings; believes that the AHP workforce is a valuable resource which should be utilised to shift the balance of care from acute to community services, helping people to live longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting; and welcomes the support of the professions to provide practical support to people of all ages with physical and mental health problems, long term conditions, and those experiencing the effects of aging’.

AHPs featuring in the compendium include lead sonographer, Margaret Taylor of NHS Tayside, who writes: ‘I am an allied health professional trained as a diagnostic radiographer and sonographer and during this unique, global crisis, I have witnessed healthcare change in ways never thought conceivable’.

The collaborators on the project included NHS Education Scotland, the AHP Federation Scotland, AHP Directors Scotland Group and AHP Social Media Group in Scotland.

The e-book presents 21 stories from AHPs across the different professions working with adults and children in acute, primary and social care and in individual and group settings, showing health improvement, rehabilitation and prevention and intervention work from across the disciplines. 

AHP Scotland is encouraging colleagues to get involved by sending them a 400-word story about an example of positive AHP work along with a Jpeg photo approved by their AHPD to

You can also join them on their twitter and you can access the compendium on their website.

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