Allied Health Professions (AHPs) are a diverse group of practitioners who deliver high quality care to patients by carrying out assessment, diagnosis, treatment and discharge, across a range of settings in the NHS, local authorities, independent and voluntary sectors, breaking down organisational boundaries.

Their aim is to further improve services provided by AHPs to achieve better outcomes for patients after illness and injury.

They are well-placed to innovate and develop new models of care and are key to our  integration of health and social care.

AHPs are the third largest group of practitioners who, in the main, are first contact practitioners. In the NHS alone they account for 1 in 10 staff.

MPFT employs over 1,000 AHPs across its whole portfolio of services, making up around one-eighth of the workforce.

Information about the roles we offer appear below. Search NHS careers for more information.

Art Therapists provide psychotherapeutic assessment and intervention to clients experiencing difficulties describing and relating to complex thoughts and feelings. This is done through individual or group art therapy. The therapist's caseload may contain people who are self harming and undertaking other risky behaviour, are experiencing or have experienced depression, anger, sexual abuse, emotional trauma, anxiety and social isolation.

Trust Art Therapists currently work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams (Cannock and Lichfield) and Adult Psychological Therapy services (Chaddeslode and Dawley).

An Art Therapist will have a postgraduate (MA equivalent) diploma in Art Psychotherapy and be a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

They will have a background (usually a degree) in art and have substantial experience working with people in a mental health or related field.

Professional body

The British Association of Art Therapists -

Dietitians assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, Dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

Professional body

The British Dietetic Association -

Drama therapy uses techniques such as role play, improvisation, movement and story telling  to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and personal growth in order to develop positive mental health.

You don't need to have any experience of drama or the arts to take part. The aim isn't to perform or be put on the spot but to work with the therapeutic aspects of drama at your own pace and with your own potential.


Occupational therapy provides practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. This support increases people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life. - Royal College of Occupational Therapy, 2019

You will find Occupational Therapists in Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust working in a range of mental health, physical health and social services applying their specialist knowledge and expertise. This includes community and in patient settings.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy evidence factsheets


Physiotherapists assess function and movement to maximise the potential of patients. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social wellbeing. Interventions include exercise, movement, massage, manipulation, electrotherapy and other therapies, eg Acupuncture and Hydrotherapy. Physiotherapists have a key role in the reduction of falls and provide a service contribution to the Staff Health and Wellbeing Service. Physiotherapists work in Mental Health, DNLD and Specialist Services.

Professional body

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy –

Speech and Language Therapists provide assessment and interventions to address communication needs and eating, drinking and swallowing ability. They work directly and indirectly with individuals, groups and carers/supporters to make best use of individual skill and environment.

Professional body

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists -

Youth Workers are qualified professionals working in the Trust, who engage young people to develop relationships to encourage them to recognise their potential, achieve their aspirational goals and empower them to make informed choices on the care they receive from mental health services.

Kathryn Bellshaw, AHP Lead, Physical Health, Children and Families Care Group
Hilary Bradbury, AHP Lead North and Head of AHP for Quality and Strategic Delivery

Gerry Coulson, AHP Lead, Specialist Learning Disabilities, Specialist Care Group

Sally Guest, AHP Lead, Mental Health, Shropshire Care Group
Wendy Hollands, AHP Practitioner, Advanced Lead
Kerry Langford-Rotton, AHP Lead, Mental Health, Staffordshire Care Group
Rachel McKeown, Director of Allied Health Professionals
Jo Probyn, AHP Lead, Specialist Secure Services, Specialist Care Group
Amanda Shannon, AHP Lead, Mental Health, Children and Families Care Group
Jo Spence, Personal Assistant to the Director of Allied Health Professionals
Roger Whittaker, AHP Lead, Physical Health, Staffordshire Care Group

Allied Health Professionals Contact Details

Rachel McKeown, Director of Allied Health Professionals

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