Why Be An AHP? Interview With A Pharmacist

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Allied Health Professionals, also known as AHP’s, are the third largest workforce in the NHS. The majority are degree level professions and the sector includes a number of different roles such as:

  • Dietitians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Osteopaths
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Radiographers

Almost all the roles are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), apart from Osteopaths who are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOC).

With AHP covering such a broad range of roles we have decided to introduce one of our fantastic bank only AHP’s.

Pharmacist Gillian Phillipson has been working with us at our KGH Staff Bank for a couple of years now but has been working as an AHP since she was sixteen.

  • What made you want to work as an AHP?
  • When I was 16 years old I was only just looking to start my career. I discovered there was a job available in my local chemist and decided to apply. From there I progressed into working at the hospital as a qualified pharmacist. It is a varied role and I have always enjoyed working within this profession.

  • Why do you choose to work via the staff bank? 
  • Bank is suitable for me as I am now retired. It allows me to work flexibly around my personal life and spend more time with my grandchildren. I enjoy working bank shifts as I can choose the hours and days I would like to work, and the department are fully flexible with this.

  • What is your favourite part about working at KGH?
  • The team are very friendly and always welcoming.

  • What advice would you give someone considering an AHP role?
  • Pharmacy is a great opportunity for anyone. It offers good progression and you can move into different areas with the skills you learn. I like that the role allows you to grow within the team.

If you would like to see more AHP roles we have available across all our Trusts, click here.

If you are interested in finding out more about working for KGH Staff Bank you can find out more about them here.

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