Allied health professionals

There are 15 allied health professional roles, including physiotherapist, prosthetist and therapeutic radiographer just to name a few. And they all have one thing in common: they play a vital part in treating, rehabilitating and improving the lives of patients.

Hear from some of those in an allied health profession:

Victoria

Sean

Ashley

Victoria wearing surgical scrubs
Sean wearing a santa hat and walking wounded jacket

Victoria was an Officer in the Royal Engineers for 17 years before deciding to leave the Forces for an Allied Health Profession. She recently gained a degree as an Operating Department Practitioner from the University of Leicester

Sean served as a Gunner with 26 Regiment Royal Artillery for 6 years, leaving the Army in January 2014. He then decided to pursue a career as a physiotherapist.

Ashley served as a trainee Electronics Technician in the British Army before leaving it in 2000. He then completed a BSc degree in Dietetics and pursued an allied health profession. Ashley is now a critical care specialist dietitian and is currently heavily involved in supporting COVID-19 patients.

David

Ben

David wearing his physiotherapist's uniform
Ben wearing his physiotherapist's uniform

David served in the Royal Marines until being medically discharged in 2012 due to a series of injuries. After completing a degree in Physiotherapy, he now works as a junior rotational physiotherapist at his local NHS trust.

Ben was a Lance Corporal in the 9/12 Lancers regiment of the British Army, leaving it in 2005. After coming into contact with Occupational Therapists, he felt the role might be right for him and it turned out to require many of the qualities he had learned in the Army.

For more information on a career in the allied health professions, visit the health careers website.