Celebrating Allied Health excellence

Group of physios in uniform.

In the Northern Health and Social Care Trust we have over 1000 registered Allied Health Professional (AHP) colleagues and 160 AHP support workers.

On Allied Health Professionals Day (October 14 2023) we want to celebrate their positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Our Allied Health Professionals and support workers deliver across dietetics, occupational therapy, orthoptics, orthotists, paramedic education, physiotheraphy, podiatry, radiography, and speech and language therapy.

Offering her thoughts ahead of AHPs’ Day, Jill Bradley, Assistant Director and AHP Governance Lead, said: “On Allied Health Professionals Day I want to say how proud I am proud to work with the fabulous AHP teams within the Northern Trust.

“Allied Health Professionals deliver the right skills at the right time, supporting people to rehabilitate and live well within their communities and homes.  Our Northern Trust AHPs demonstrate innovation and excellence in practice which is nationally and regionally recognised.  More importantly, feedback we receive from our service users via Care Opinion demonstrates the transformative impact AHPs make to the lives of many people in the Northern Trust area.  I am immensely proud of our AHP teams and the positive difference they make to the health and wellbeing of people in our communities.”

“I would encourage others to use this global awareness raising campaign to learn more about the skills of our AHPs and the role they play in enhancing health and social care at all life stages.”

Jill Bradley and AHPs' Day logo.

Care Opinion

Care Opinion allows members of the public to tell their stories about their health care experiences.

As part of Allied Health Professionals Day in the Northern Trust we want to share some of these experiences with you to help raise awareness about the excellent care provided by our AHPs.

Occupational Therapy

“I did not realise how much and how important the role is of the Occupational Therapists is, in helping me to prepare for my journey home.”

The OT sensory workshop was “excellent and informative with well presented information with lots of practical tips”.

“From the moment we met our OT she was kind, professional and attentive to (our child’s) needs. Our appointment was a positive experience and OT’s follow up with a sensory diet was prompt.”

“I was referred to the Condition Management Programme after battling PTSD due to health and personal reasons. I had the most wonderful OT called Kelly who was fantastic and made me feel at ease and that the feelings I had were all normal, (and) she would help me to cope with them. I was referred on to pain management and Occupational Therapy. I honestly highly recommend this programme for anyone who is battling with health issues or life in general.”

Orthoptics

“My mum will always live with double vision now and subsequently for the past 6 weeks we have had multiple appointments. I would like to thank her Orthoptist in Magherafelt who took time to listen to mum’s concerns and recognised she didn’t fully understand the severity of her diagnosis. He talked to her in a way she understood and brought humour into the assessment.”

 Physiotherapy

“My physio was very understanding. Helped a lot with balance issues and was extremely helpful.”

“I was very pleased to attend the physio / lymphoedema clinic at Ballymena. My physio was very professional and skilled in his work. He ordered me Comfiwave support stockings which help with the oedema. I feel that I had very beneficial appointment and I wanted to convey my thanks.”

Podiatry

“Podiatry staff have been outstanding in every way. The service they give is world beating. I would like you to know just how good they are, and have been to me, During the worst time of my life. They made a difference.”

Group of podiatrists in uniform.

Radiographers

“On the day all checks were performed, the scan itself took only minutes, and then I was shown the exit door. I consider this service second to none.”

Two radiographers with a patient at a scanning machine.

 

Speech and Language Therapy

My speech and language therapist  “helped my son grow in confidence with speech, play, interaction and attention. She really got to know my little boy and that meant a lot to me. I really appreciate all she has done for us and I know she has made a real impact on my son’s future. Thank you so much!

Paramedic Education

AHP Paramedic students learn in multiple clinical settings including AHP & Community Teams, Coronary Care, Emergency Departments and Operating Theatres.

The Northern Trust provides a rich and welcoming learning environment for our student paramedic colleagues.

A group of paramedic students with staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn 2023 Northern Trust AHP Newsletter

 

13th October 2023

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