It’s our time to shine

On Monday 14 October Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust launches a new campaign that shines a spotlight on its amazing Allied Health Professionals and the vital role they play in supporting people’s recovery from mental health illnesses.

Often described a hidden army of NHS heroes, Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) work across mental health and learning disability services in Sussex and Hampshire. This group of healthcare professionals includes occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, art therapists, music therapists and drama therapists.

They work across all specialist Sussex Partnership services – in hospitals, people’s own homes and community settings - supporting adults and children across Sussex, and children and young people in Hampshire, in their recovery from mental health illnesses.

To mark National Allied Health Professionals Day on Monday 14 October, Sussex Partnership is launching a new campaign that celebrates its AHPs and encourages others to join the Trust as the first, or next, step in their career.

Staff working in services across Sussex and Hampshire star in a brand new recruitment film that will appear across social media and be used at recruitment fairs and in schools, colleges and universities across the UK.

Lucy Locks, Director of Occupational Therapy at Sussex Partnership, said: “Our Allied Health Professionals play an absolutely vital role supporting people as they recover from mental health illness or enabling people to live better lives with their learning disability. I am so proud that we are able to shine a well-deserved light on this often hidden group of NHS professionals and the work that they do.

“Our new campaign – Sussex Partnership: Allied Health Professions in Action - is about promoting the many varied allied health professions across mental health and learning disability services and encouraging more people to think about these vital roles as part of their career choices. There’s simply no better people to tell the incredible and inspiring story of the work of allied health professionals than our own staff.

“Anyone who has read the NHS Long Term Plan will appreciate the important and exciting role Allied Health Professionals will play in the coming months and years. The future is bright for AHPs at Sussex Partnership; it’s our time to shine.”

There are 14 Allied Health Professions, seven of which are employed within the specialist mental health and learning disability services provided by Sussex Partnership.

The Trust’s art therapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, drama therapists and music therapists  work alongside medical and nursing colleagues to provide their unique perspective and expertise to work with service users and carers to achieve their goals, whether that’s in hospital or community settings.

Dr Rick Fraser, Sussex Partnership’s Chief Medical Officer, added: “We recognise the need to nurture and invest in our Allied Health Professionals workforce. The future for AHPs at Sussex Partnership is an exciting one and there are huge opportunities to help improve people’s health and wellbeing.”

You can watch Sussex Partnership: Allied Health Professionals In Action at www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/ahp where you will also find links to all the latest vacancies and apprenticeship opportunities at the Trust.