Health - Allied Professions

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For information about the professions allied to medicine, please see below. Look at some of the other job sector pages, for example Finance and IT, or Health Management, if you are interested in working in these areas within the health sector. See the Health Careers website for a range of resources to help with your career planning.

Find out about professions allied to medicine

Listed below are the key health professions and the associated professional websites. Many of these professions are regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council, who keep a register of health and care professionals.

  • Audiologists are healthcare scientists who assess, diagnose and rehabilitate patients with hearing, balance and tinnitus problems
  • Arts Therapists use music, art or drama as a therapeutic intervention to help people with physical, mental, social and emotional difficulties
  • Dietitians translate scientific information about food into practical dietary advice for people on normal and therapeutic diets. They also offer advice on food-related problems and are involved in the diagnosis and dietary treatment of disease
  • Midwives provide advice, care and support for women, their partners and families before, during and after childbirth
  • Nurses specialise in one of the four main branches of nursing - Adult, Child, Mental Health, Learning Disability.  As careers progress there is more opportunity to specialise
  • Occupational therapists (OTs) engage people in purposeful activities to promote, regain or maintain health and wellbeing. They work with people of all ages, whose difficulties may be congenital or the result of an accident, illness, ageing or lifestyle
  • Orthoptists investigate, diagnose and treat sight-related problems and abnormalities of eye movement and eye position
  • Physiotherapists treat patients with physical difficulties resulting from illness, injury, disability or ageing. They treat people of all ages including children, the elderly, stroke patients and people with sports injuries
  • Podiatrists assess, diagnose and treat problems of the foot and lower leg. Podiatrists also provide preventative care and advice to patients and community groups
  • Prosthetics & Orthotics:  Prosthetists design and fit artificial replacements (prostheses) for upper and lower limbs; Orthotists provide braces, splints and special footwear to help patients with movement difficulties and to relieve discomfort.
    • British Association of Prosthetics & Orthotists (BAPO) www.bapo.com
  • Radiography (Diagnostic or Therapeutic): Diagnostic Radiographers use different imaging techniques and equipment (eg X-ray, ultrasound, MRI) to produce high quality images of an injury or disease. Therapeutic Radiographers plan and deliver radiotherapy treatment for cancer, on its own or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. See www.radiographycareers.co.uk 
  • Speech and language therapists work closely with infants, children and adults who have various levels of speech, language and communication problems and swallowing difficulties

    You can read more about the allied health professions on the NHS Careers website.

Work experience

Work experience is important to demonstrate your understanding of the sector and your commitment to the role.  See Gaining experience on the NHS Health Careers website.

Think about the groups of people you might be working with once qualified and try to get relevant work experience.

  • working, work shadowing or volunteering in a hospital, care home or hospice. The York Teaching Hospital website has information on volunteering
  • working or volunteering with children, the elderly, people with physical or mental health conditions - see our volunteering programmes, or volunteer via Do-It
  • support worker or care worker roles can provide good experience
  • First aid experience can be gained through St John Ambulance, or the Red Cross (who offer 8-12 week internships).

What can I do at York?

  • Look for work experience - relevant work experience allows you to develop your skills, check that you are comfortable working in health/care settings and demonstrates motivation and commitment to your chosen profession 
  • Volunteer opportunities offer a range of projects which can help you develop skills such as project management, team work, communication, problem solving, organisation and time management at organisations such as SNAPPY, Musical Connections in care homes, and the Wilberforce Trust
  • YUSU Volunteering also offers a range of projects including Kids Club, KEEN, Minds in Motion and Tea & Coffee Club.