Allied Health Professionals 

Allied Health Professionals work with service users to make sure they are at the centre of decisions that are made relating to their life. They provide treatment to children and adults to avoid them getting unwell as well as supporting them with any illnesses they may have.

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Allied Health Professionals work across a range of areas, from music and art therapists, to paramedics and physiotherapists. For further detail on these roles, and their entry requirements, take a look in the drop downs below.

Art Therapist

Art Therapists use art to  improve a person’s mental, physical health and wellbeing. They work with service users to treat anxiety, confusion, pain, trauma and depression and improve quality of life.

Entry Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Art or a relevant subject, or equivalent experience
  • Approved full or part time Masters degree in Art Therapy or Art Psychotherapy

This role is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

£32,306.

(NHS Careers)

Dietician

Dieticians provide support to help people to make better choices about food to improve their health. They work with other health and social care professions to assess and diagnose service users.

  • 5 GCSEs grade A-C (9-4), including English and Maths, or equivalent
  • Two or three A-Levels including Physics, Chemistry or a Biological Science, or equivalent
  • An approved Bachelors or Masters degree in Dietetics

This role is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£25,655.

(NHS Careers)

Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapists work across Health and Social Care with service users of all ages, including those with physical and mental health conditions, learning disabilities, long-term conditions and end-of-life care needs. By understanding the connection between body and mind, Occupational Therapists are able to support people to live the best life they can.

Entry Requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A-C (9-4), including Science, or equivalent
  • Two or three A-Levels, or equivalent
  • An approved Bachelors or Masters degree in Occupational Therapy.

Occupational Therapist is also available as a degree apprenticeship.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£25,655.

(NHS Careers)

Paramedic

Paramedics respond to 999 emergencies  to deliver high quality treatment and transportation to hospital in a safe and timely way. They are usually the first to arrive at the scene of an accident or emergency before any other healthcare professional and are responsible for carrying out a risk assessment of the scene before deciding on how to best treat the service user.

Entry Requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A-C (9-4), including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent
  • Two or three A-Levels including a Biological Science, or equivalent
  • An approved Bachelors degree course in Paramedic Science

This role is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£25,655 –  £32,306.

(NHS Careers)

Podiatrist

Podiatrists help people deal with a range of mobility issues by managing pain and treating infections of the feet and lower legs.

Entry Requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A-C (9-4), including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent
  • Three A-Levels including a Biological Science, or equivalent
  • An approved Bachelors degree course, or a Masters degree in Podiatry

This role is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£25,655.

(NHS Careers)

Speech and Language Therapist

Speech and Language Therapists improve the quality of life of people who have communication difficulties including eating, drinking or swallowing challenges.

Entry Requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A-C (9-4), including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent
  • Two or three A-Levels, or equivalent
  • An approved Bachelors degree course in Speech and Language Therapy

This role is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£25,655.

(NHS Careers)

Diagnostic Radiographer

Diagnostic Radiographers create high quality images for diagnosing illness. To produce these images, a range of different equipment can be used including x-rays, CT (computed tomography) scans and fluoroscopy.

Entry Requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A-C (9-4), including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent
  • Two or three A-Levels including Physics, Chemistry or a Biological Science, or equivalent
  • An approved Bachelors or Masters degree in Diagnostic Radiography

This role is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£25,655.

(NHS Careers)

Music Therapist

Music Therapists use music to improve a person’s mental, physical health and wellbeing. They work with service users to treat anxiety, confusion, pain, trauma and depression and improve quality of life.

Entry Requirements:

  • A Bachelors degree in music, or equivalent or professional experience

This role is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£32,306.

(NHS Careers)

Operating Department Practitioner

Operating Department Practitioners mainly work in operating departments in hospitals alongside other professionals (such as doctors and nurses). They make sure service users are  safe during each stage of an operation, and must show confidence, compassion and good judgement.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade A-C (9-4), or equivalent
  • Two or three A-Levels, or equivalent
  • A two-year Diploma or three-year Degree in Operating Department Practice

This role is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£25,655.

(NHS Careers)

Physiotherapist

Physiotherapists work with patients, families and carers across a range of ages and in a wide range of health and social care settings. They assess, diagnose and treat service users with neurological, musculoskeletal and mental health conditions, amongst others.

Entry Requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs A-C (9-4) including English, Maths and at least one Science, or equivalent
  • Two or three A-Levels including a Biological Science and/or Physical Education, or equivalent, usually a minimum of ABB.
  • An approved Bachelors or Masters degree in Physiotherapy

This role is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£25,655.

(NHS Careers)

Prosthetist / Orthotist

Prosthetists create and fit artificial replacements for service users who are missing a limb, while orthotists correct problems or deformities in nerves, muscles and bones with a range of aids.

Entry Requirements:

  • Five GCSEs A-C (9-4), including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent
  • Two or three A-Levels, including Maths, Physics, Biology or Engineering, or equivalent
  • Approved degree in prosthetics and orthotics

This role is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£25,655.

(NHS Careers)

Therapeutic Radiographer

Radiotherapy is a treatment used to destroy cancer cells, using radiation delivered by a machine called a linear accelerator. The most common types of radiotherapy use high energy x-ray beams.

Therapeutic radiographers are responsible for the planning and delivery of accurate radiotherapy treatments using a wide range of technical equipment. The accuracy of these is critical to treat cancer and destroy the diseased tissue, and make sure the surrounding healthy tissue isn’t damaged.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade A-C (9-4), including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent
  • Two or three A-Levels including Physics, Chemistry or a Biological Science, or equivalent
  • An approved Bachelors or Masters degree course in Radiotherapy

This role is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£25,655.

(NHS Careers)

What skills and qualities do I need to be an Allied Health Professional?

Listening Skills

To be able to listen to service users and staff write down the information you have heard correctly to support you in creating treatment plans.

Caring

Being caring and supportive of others

Team Work 

Being able to work with staff across several organisations to get to a solution

Problem-Solving Skills

To be able to identify a problem and decide what you need to do to fix it