The allied health professionals are a group of 14 health and care professions (art therapists, dietitians, dramatherapists, music therapists, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, orthotists, osteopaths, prosthetists, paramedics, physiotherapists, podiatrists, radiographers and speech and language therapists) who collectively make up the third largest workforce in the NHS.

The allied health professionals (AHPs) work across all sectors including local government, social care, education, housing, criminal justice, voluntary and private sectors; they cover all clinical specialities and the whole life course and therefore contribute to virtually every public health priority.

AHPs have been identified as trailblazers within the wider public health workforce agenda, demonstrating their public health contribution and profile.

To illustrate their work, this section provides peer reviewed practice examples of AHP led services contributing to public health.

We will be adding to this section over the coming months to provide a range of examples across the allied health professions in the following areas of public health:

  • Wider determinants of health
  • Health improvement
  • Population healthcare
  • Health Protection

Case studies

Dietitian-led intensive lifestyle intervention programme for children identified as overweight or obese by NCMP in the London Borough of Brent: an overview

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Eating Well for Adults with a Learning Disability – a dietitian-led training course for support workers in addressing the nutritional needs of the people they support

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Collaborative cross agency service delivery to address public health issues within an MSK setting: evaluation of the ‘Healthy Mind, Health Body’ project

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An Impact Evaluation Report on the ‘Healthy Little Eaters’ nutrition education cooking programme in Children’s Centres in Brent

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Improving access to better care for people with hip and/or knee pain: An AHP-led service in Primary Care

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The impact of early intervention specialist music therapy for patients’ rehabilitation, recovery and well-being on a major trauma ward

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Making Every Contact Count’ to promote smoking cessation: What is the impact of AHPs routinely giving brief advice to patients who smoke on a vascular ward? 

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Early Years Communication and Language Pathway in Manchester

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Enabling adults with learning disabilities to understand their health recommendations

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Improving access to eye care for adults with learning disabilities in South Devon

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MECC Ready

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Utilising Facebook to improve uptake in Breast Screening

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Impact and retained behaviour change following participation in Cook and Eat Well courses in Southwark Children’s Centres

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Visual processing difficulties assessment in children in Warrington, Widnes and Halton - a holistic approach

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To submit a case study and for further details, please contact us.