Hospital Visit Allows Informed Career Choices

A group of Year 10 pupils from Saint Paul’s recently took part in an Allied Health Professional Careers event at Wythenshawe Hospital.

The pupils attended a careers event to celebrate Allied Health Professionals day 2022. Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) refer to a group of health and care professionals including; Art therapists, drama therapists, music therapists, chiropodists and podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, osteopaths, paramedics, physiotherapists, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers, and speech and language therapists. AHPs are the third largest healthcare workforce.

The event gave the pupils a much-improved awareness of the role of the fourteen allied health professions and showed how these professionals integrated their work with other services and organisations. The event also showcased the achievements of local services and their positive impact on patient care and improvements to population health

Will Harness, Science teacher, explained: “It is amazing how many different healthcare professionals are involved in a patient’s care. This was an incredible opportunity which showcased a variety of professionals in one event. It gave the students a chance to consider the various settings from the ward to the community. It was also a fantastic opportunity to understand how they work together in a multidisciplinary team.”

“This event gave students the opportunity to gain valuable insight into a wide variety of healthcare careers. This will help students to make an informed career decision as well as learn about how healthcare professionals work together as part of a multidisciplinary team,” commented Mr Mike Whiteside, Deputy Headteacher.