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Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Day

13 October 2022

AHPs Day takes place every year on 14 October to recognise the work of Allied Health Professionals across the UK.

There are 14 Allied Health Professionals roles, making AHPs the 3rd largest healthcare workforce. 

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our incredible AHPs, and will be sharing photos, quotes and feedback to celebrate!

Find out more by searching #AHPsDay on social media.

List of AHP roles

The winners of our Chief Nursing: Star Awards recognising Allied Health Professional's have been announced! This years’ winners are as follows:

AHP Practitioner of the Year 2022 - Elizabeth Law, RLI Physiotherapy

For her dedication to supporting her team and working with individuals in assisting them to gain more senior roles. She demonstrates the skills and innovation in practice which have shown a happy dedicated team as well as innovating student placements enabling the service to gain new staff in a difficult recruitment environment. 

Special mentions: Alison Brenton, Covid recovery team and Amy Metcalfe, Podiatrist 

AHP Assistant of the year 2022 - Patricia Wilson, Paediatric Speech and Language 

For her dedication to providing service to the young people of Lancaster exemplified by her involvement in setting up the Fun to Talk programme. 

Special mentions: Andrea Houlsworth, Therapy Assistant, WGH and Charlotte Harrison, Physiotherapy Assistant, RLI. 

AHP Rising star of the year 2022 - Ponnishree Jayakumar, Physiotherapist South Lakes Community service

For the experience that she brings to the team having relocated to the UK only 9 months ago. For her dedication to patient care by implementing and suggesting changes to services and the feedback she gains from patients. 

Special mentions: Sara Fisher, Clinical Service Manager ICCG and Emma Thacker, Community Respiratory Occupational Therapist. 

AHP Student of the Year 2022 - Rebecca Smith, Occupational Therapist

As a student and following her graduation demonstrating a patient centred approach to care, ensuring that the care offered is focused on the patients needs.  

Special mentions: Claire Hall, Occupational Therapy and Molly Hennah, Physiotherapist RLI. 

AHP Unsung hero of the year 2022 - Val Bush, Therapies at FGH

For her 40 years of dedication to providing care to patients at UHMBT, supporting rehabilitation of patients and supporting the teams. For her unassuming nature in her dedication to her role. 

Special mentions: Sue Pitt, Podiatrist Alfred Barrow; Sue Willis, Physiotherapy team leader WGH; Deborah Ruscillo, Stroke Therapy Community RLI; Pam Marshall, Team Leader Community Rehabilitation North Lancashire. 

AHP Team of the year 2022 - Intergrated Stroke Team FGH

For their dedication to patient centred care, whilst improving the service to ensure that it meets the standards of the CQC. 

Special mention: Paediatric Dietetic Service cross bay 

Thank you to everyone who made a nomination. The awards will be presented to winners soon, and further information and photos will be shared on the intranet and social media.