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Celebrating Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) at PHT

Date: 03 February 2020

Lewis Hope is a Rotational Physiotherapist

Allied Health Professions (AHPs) are the third largest group of individuals at the Trust. Our dedicated AHPs are able to support patient care through birth to palliative care. They assess, treat and diagnose patients and support with prevention and improvement of health to enable people to live their lives to the full.

There are 14 allied health professions:

  • Art Therapists
  • Drama therapists
  • Music therapists
  • Chiropodists and podiatrists
  • Dietitians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Operating department practitioners
  • Orthoptists
  • Osteopaths
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Prosthetists and orthotists
  • Radiographers
  • Speech and language therapists

At PHT we have nine out of the 14 professions on our teams.

To help raise awareness about AHPs and the important role they do, we will be showcasing a different profession each month, starting with one of our physiotherapists.

Physiotherapists can deal with issues patients may have around movement and activity as well as managing recovery and stabilising conditions through advice and treatment. They are an important part of healthcare and there is much more to their role than many may be aware of.

Lewis Hope is a Rotational Physiotherapist currently working in Stroke Rehab at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA). He has been a Physiotherapist for a year and spent two years training on an accelerated postgraduate course at the University of Southampton.

Lewis said, “I wanted to become a Physiotherapist after working in a Neurological rehab as a Physiotherapy Assistant. I was inspired by the amazing work that can be done with patients, which motivated me to go back to university and study. I haven’t looked back since!”

Being a Rotational Physiotherapist, means Lewis gets the chance to work in different areas including Intensive Care, wards, clinics and people’s homes. At the moment Lewis is working on F3, the Stroke Rehabilitation ward, where he is involved in assessing post-stroke deficits and helping people sit, walk, dress and go to the toilet themselves again. He said the team do all they can to support patients with achieving the little things that many of us take for granted.

He added, “Although we have many difficult and sensitive discussions with patients and relatives, seeing patient achieve their goals is extremely rewarding and satisfying.”

When asked what may surprise people to find is part of a Physiotherapists role, Lewis said, “We are on-call overnight to help treat a patient with a deteriorating respiratory condition and there is far more to Physiotherapy than massages!”

If you’re interested in finding out about a career in Physiotherapy at PHT, please visit our website.


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