AHP Information

What is an Allied Health Professional (AHP)? 

Allied Health Professions (AHPs) are the third largest workforce in the NHS.  AHPs are made up of 14 roles; Art Therapists, Drama therapists, Music therapists, Chiropodists/podiatrists, Dietitians, Occupational therapists, Operating Department Practitioners, Orthoptists, Osteopaths, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Prosthetists and Orthotists, Radiographers, Speech and language therapists.  

Within Primary Care – the following 5 roles are currently funded through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) which is government funding aimed at creating multi-disciplinary teams within General Practice settings.


MSK Physiotherapists

Occupational Therapists



All of these roles can be used in slightly different ways, depending on the needs of the Primary Care Network (PCN).  There is a strong emphasis on staff working in these roles doing the First Contact Practitioner (FCP) Training – early on in their primary care careers,  See the CQC statement regarding this here

Ideally AHP staff should complete stage 1 of the FCP training before beginning work in a primary care setting, however it is possible for this to be completed retrospectively.  Stage 2 should ideally be completed within 6 months of starting a primary care role.  For more information on First Contact Practice please visit our FCP page or click here.

Click on the 'What is a Allied Health Professional' link below to find out more about each individual profession.