Monday 14th October sees the second annual Allied Health Professions (AHPs) Day taking place across the country. A number of network members have asked us for more information to help local plans, so here are some ideas to get you started, and the network will be supporting local and regional events on the day.

What is AHPs Day?

AHPs Day is a social movement to enable the 14 allied health professions to come together within services, organisations and regions. It is an opportunity to recognise the contribution of AHPs to patient care and population health, and a chance to get to know and celebrate our skills and achievements with fellow AHPs. 

Who’s it for?

All AHPs: Art Therapists, drama therapists, music therapists, chiropodists and podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthopists, osteopaths, paramdeics, physiotherapists, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers, and last but by no means least speech and language therapists. As well as anyone who wants to celebrate the great work that AHPs do and those who want learn more about our wonderful professions.

How did it come about?

The first AHPs Day, in 2018, was led by Carrie Biddle and Rachael Brandreth - as summarised by from Rachael:

"We shared the park and ride bus after a long challenging day at work we started reflecting, thinking about AHPs into Action and the ideas started sparking. I tweeted Suzanne Rastrick to find out if we had or if not we could have an AHP appreciation day. That evening Suzanne retweeted my tweet and Twitter went crazy! As a rookie to Twitter I’d not been involved in anything like this before… The energy and enthusiasm was amazing and I started to really feel the passion and power of AHPs working together. Carrie drove the virtual bus on Twitter picking up people from around the country and in less than 24 hours we had buy-in from all of the 14 professions. There was so much support for the idea that we took it to @WeAHPs who held a poll to find a date. It was born; 15th October 2018 was set to become the first AHPs Day".

What can we do to join in?

This is very much driven by local ideas and opportunities. Follow #AHPsDay on Twitter you’ll be able to see examples from last year as well as plans starting to take shape for this year. You can also find our more about last year from the WeCommunities