International Allied Health Professionals

Working as an Allied Health Professional

There are many different Allied Health Professionals who work in the NHS supporting patients, the main ones we are recruiting for are:

  • Radiographers (Diagnostic and Therapeutic)
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs)
  • Podiatrist/Chiropodist

Salary for AHPs

  • Band 5 salary £25,655 - £31,553 per year
  • Depending on your background, you may be able to work at higher band 6, with a salary £32,306 to £34,172 per year, or progress to this level at a later stage

What to expect from your employer:

  • Adaptation programme to support you in the first couple of months
  • Corporate and Department Induction
  • Preceptorship
  • For those with experience, a development programme to sign off the competencies required for higher band roles
  • Pastoral support

Discover the different roles in detail below:

There are two main types of Radiographers in the UK, known as Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiographers.

Diagnostic Radiographer

As a diagnostic radiographer, you’ll use cutting-edge technology to take images of the insides of patients to help understand and diagnose conditions. Based in a hospital, you’ll work with patients and colleagues to design treatment programmes and support patients until their treatment ends.

From using a CT scanner to make a 3D image for a surgeon to preparing a patient for an MRI scan – you’ll be using some of the most complex and advanced technology. Diagnostic radiographers are also central to a wider multidisciplinary team, working and consulting with colleagues across various departments.

Therapeutic Radiographers

Therapeutic radiographers are responsible for the planning and delivery of accurate radiotherapy treatments using a wide range of technical equipment. As a therapeutic radiographer, you’ll be part of a team helping people who are dealing with cancer.

Based in a hospital, you’ll work with patients and colleagues to design treatment programmes and support patients until their treatment ends. From taking an initial X-ray, to using a CT scanner or a linear accelerator, you’ll use some of the most complex and advanced technology to treat tumours. Therapeutic radiographers are also central to a wider multidisciplinary team, working and consulting with colleagues across various departments.

What you need to apply

  • Degree in Radiography
  • HCPC registration before coming to the UK
  • 6-12 months experience in Radiography in another country

As a physiotherapist, you’ll focus on identifying and maximising movement to improve the health and wellbeing of your patients.

Your role is vital in treating a variety of conditions such as:

  • neurological (stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's).
  • neuromusculoskeletal (back pain, whiplash associated disorder, sports injuries, arthritis).
  • cardiovascular (chronic heart disease, rehabilitation after heart attack).
  • respiratory (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis).

You’ll work with people on a daily basis, recommending exercise, carrying out massage, and using high-tech ultrasound equipment or even hydrotherapy pools, depending on your patient’s needs.

Once a patient’s movement problem has been diagnosed, you'll work with them to determine a treatment plan. You'll also promote good health and advise people on how to avoid injury.

What you need to apply

  • Degree or Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration before coming to the UK
  • For Band 5, a broad range of undergraduate placement in different areas
  • For Band 6, you need 18 months experience working as Physiotherapist in a broad range of areas
  • Possess knowledge and skills for the assessment and treatment of clients within a wide range of clinical settings

Accidents, illness, disability, mental health issues and ageing affect millions of people, making it harder for them to do everyday things, along with activities they enjoy. As an occupational therapist, you’ll help all kinds of people overcome all kinds of challenges, so they can live as fully and independently as possible. This might involve learning new ways to do things or making changes to their environment to make things easier.

In the role, you could help:

  • someone adapt to life after major surgery.
  • people with mental illnesses or learning disabilities with everyday activities such as work or volunteering.
  • elderly people stay in their own homes by providing adaptations such as level access showers or stair lifts.

You'll find solutions to everyday problems, such as:

  • advising on how to approach a task differently.
  • using equipment or assistive technology.
  • adapting the living or working environment.
  • finding strategies to meet your patient’s

As well as working with individual patients and their families, you could also work with groups, or as part of a multidisciplinary team in hospitals, clinics, charities, prisons and social services departments.

What you need to apply

  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • 6-12 months Occupational Therapy experience in your own country
  • HCPC registration before coming to the UK

Operating department practitioners play a major role in each phase of a person’s operation. As an ODP, you’ll provide high standards of skilled care and support during each phase of a patient’s perioperative care - anaesthetic, surgery and recovery.

You’ll work in the surgery team and manage the preparation of the operating theatres. You'll also be the link between the surgical team and other parts of the operating theatre and hospital.

During the three of the phases of perioperative care:

Anaesthetic

  • Provide help and support to patients before surgery
  • Prepare a wide range of specialist equipment and drugs, including anaesthetic machines, intravenous equipment and devices that safely secure the patient's airway during anaesthesia

Surgery

  • preparing all the necessary instruments and equipment for surgery, including microscopes, lasers and endoscopes
  • providing the correct surgical instruments and materials to the surgeon
  • being responsible for all surgical instruments, equipment and swabs during the operation
  • acting as a link between the surgical team and other parts of the theatre and hospital
  • anticipating the requirements of the surgical team and responding effectively

Recovery

  • support and monitor the patient on their arrival into the recovery unit
  • provide appropriate treatment until they have recovered from the effects of the anaesthesia and/or surgery
  • assess the patient so they can be discharged back to a ward

What you need to apply

  • Degree in Operating Department Practice
  • 6-12 months ODP experience in your own country
  • HCPC registration before coming to the UK

As a podiatrist, you’ll specialise in the foot, ankle and lower leg with a focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment. You will help people deal with a range of mobility issues, relieve pain and treat infections.

Your duties will include examining patients through touch, laboratory tests and X-Rays to diagnose a wide range of conditions such as bunions, heel spurs, arthritis, fungal, fractures and deformities.

You’ll also be helping patients with a variety of different issues such as:

  • children with lower limb pain or problems walking.
  • diabetes sufferers with circulation problems who may be at risk of amputation.
  • people with sports injuries and dancers whose long hours of rehearsing and performing put stress on their feet causing injury.

You’ll work with other healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists, dietitians, general practitioners (GPs) and nurses and in a range of settings from hospitals and community clinics to the homes of patients.

What you need to apply

  • Degree or Diploma in Podiatry and registered within your country
  • HCPC registration before coming to the UK
  • 6-12 months experience in Podiatry in another country

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To kickstart your application, please submit the initial screening form. We can’t wait to welcome you to the NHS!

 

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