#WeAHPs - Thursday 30th May 2019 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Choosing your career - pivotal moments and influencers

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This chat is guest hosted by @carrie_biddle @JulietSturgess @SarahBradder @jessgent78 @julie_bolter @AliBooker_LBU

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has reported a 27% drop in applicants to healthcare programmes in the period 2014-18 placing some AHP programmes at risk. Many courses in the UK are uncertain they will be able to recruit to their cohort numbers and in some cases, even to recruit a viable cohort. The Office for Students (OfS) recognises Therapeutic Radiography, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Orthoptists and Podiatry as the AHP small & vital professions (HEE AHP At the forefront of improving care - a year in review 2017/2018).

This comes at a time when the need for the skills of AHPs and the understanding of their added value and potential is increasing. The NHS Long Term Plan recognises the need to fully utilise the potential AHPs have to offer the NHS and social care. For this to happen we need to continue to attract and retain people to our 14 AHP professions.

A key challenge for NHS employers is to maintain staffing levels in the face of increased numbers of staff reaching retiring age, a finite pool of school and college leavers and increased choice and competition for young people from other sectors.  Work experience is an important, affordable investment in the quality of the future workforce. It gives participants an appreciation of the skills and abilities needed for the work environment. It gives them an under standing of the choices available to them. Work experience is a useful recruiting tool and an investment in the quality and work-preparedness of the future workforce.

The Health Education England rePAIR (Reducing Pre-registration Attrition and Improving Retention) project recommendation 12 states that, ‘Preceptorship should be viewed as a recruitment and retention tool. Many students select their first post based on the healthcare provider’s preceptorship model’.

We are keen to find out from current students and registered AHPs what attracted them to their chosen AHP profession, was there a pivotal moment, particular experience or influencer that helped in the decision making process and understand what support was important to you starting out in practice?





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@AliBooker_LBU
30 May 2019 20:00
#WeAHPS <3
@fluffytauntaun
30 May 2019 20:02
@WeAHPs #weahps dietitian here in sunny oxford
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:03
Q1: How did you find out about your profession of choice? #WeAHPs **Remember to add #WeAHPs to your answers :-) ** https://t.co/kpTiaL8QsC
@julie_bolter
30 May 2019 20:03
@WeAHPs I forgot to use #WeAHPs already! ??
@carrie_biddle
30 May 2019 20:03
@WeAHPs #Hellomynameis Carrie and I'm joining from Cornwall #WeAHPs
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:03
@WeAHPs Hi jess gent joining from chichester #WeAHPs
@carrie_biddle
30 May 2019 20:04
@julie_bolter @WeAHPs You are gonna make me look good tonight @julie_bolter ?? #WeAHPs
@HannahWrightRD
30 May 2019 20:04
@carrie_biddle @WeAHPs #weahps dialling in from #cornwall
@EB_SSLT
30 May 2019 20:04
@WeAHPs Hello @WeAHPs!! A #slt2b here training at @UCLLangCog!!! Looking forward to tonight's chat! #WeAHPs
@caldwell_pt
30 May 2019 20:05
@WeAHPs Hey just joining. Helen from Nottingham #weahps
@fluffytauntaun
30 May 2019 20:05
@WeAHPs #weahps i was unemployed and someone suggested it to me as a joke as i was interested in food
@ACP_SarahA
30 May 2019 20:06
@WeAHPs Hi, I’m Sarah in North Lincs #weAHPs
@HannahWrightRD
30 May 2019 20:06
@WeAHPs Loved food, science and keeping well #weahps
@julie_bolter
30 May 2019 20:06
@carrie_biddle @WeAHPs ?? #WeAHPs
@knitknitqueen
30 May 2019 20:06
@carrie_biddle @WeAHPs #hellomynameis Efua and I'm and odp working in education #WeAHPs
@carrie_biddle
30 May 2019 20:07
@WeAHPs I enjoyed science and languages and the careers advisor planted the idea of #SLT #WeAHPs
@ClaireClarkSLT
30 May 2019 20:07
@WeAHPs Was offered as a work experience placement in the 6th form #weahps
@julie_bolter
30 May 2019 20:07
@WeAHPs I didn’t know Dietetics was until I started working in health care as a HCA #WeAHPs
@AliBooker_LBU
30 May 2019 20:07
RT @WeAHPs: Q1: How did you find out about your profession of choice? #WeAHPs **Remember to add #WeAHPs to your answers :-) ** https://t.c…
@JulietSturgess
30 May 2019 20:08
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs this is Yeovil calling and Juliet a Proshetist/Orthotits
@ClaireClarkSLT
30 May 2019 20:08
@WeAHPs Hi I’m Claire in Aberdeenshire Scotland #WeAHPs
@lindadeanelinda
30 May 2019 20:08
@WeAHPs Hello I’m Linda from Telford #WeAHPs
@JulietSturgess
30 May 2019 20:09
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs this is Yeovil calling and Juliet, a Prosthetist/Orthotist
@knitknitqueen
30 May 2019 20:10
@carrie_biddle @WeAHPs #WeAHPs #mynameis Efua and I'm from London ????????
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:10
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs my biology teacher said - oooh physio that's hard to get into maybe spread your options out and app… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134175173177950213
@AimeeRobson4
30 May 2019 20:10
@jessgent78 @WeAHPs Hi there Aimee here in Newcastle #WeAHPs
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:11
@AliBooker_LBU @WeAHPs #WeAHPS @AliBooker_LBU can you tell us more about the placement - what made it interesting to you?
@JulietSturgess
30 May 2019 20:11
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs I chose Prosthetics and Orthotics because in my teens, landmines and war were big in the news. I w… https://t.co/OvOTNCgy0C
@AliBooker_LBU
30 May 2019 20:11
@WeAHPs #HelloMyNameis Alison and I'm currently on placement in beautiful Northumbria <3 #WeAHPs
@knitknitqueen
30 May 2019 20:11
@WeAHPs My mum #WeAHPs
@ACP_SarahA
30 May 2019 20:11
@WeAHPs #weAHPs
@ellena_farrow
30 May 2019 20:11
@WeAHPs Oops hello I am here in Preston but also baking a cake for my housemates birthday ?? #multitasking #WeAHPs
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:12
Q2 Did you access a work experience programme and if so what about it made the difference? #WeAHPs https://t.co/Q3wzn5aZrN
@ACP_SarahA
30 May 2019 20:13
@WeAHPs #weAHPs I didn’t access work experience but previously worked as a HCA in a nursing home so had some idea o… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134176075095973889
@JulietSturgess
30 May 2019 20:14
Orthoptists are great too but your right in that the only thing we tend to share is wrongly delivered mail. #WeAHPs
@julie_bolter
30 May 2019 20:14
@lindadeanelinda @WeAHPs Did any other healthcare careers come up?? #WeAHPs
@carrie_biddle
30 May 2019 20:14
@ACP_SarahA @WeAHPs That is some change in direction @ACP_SarahA can you share more about why #ODP ? #WeAHPs
@laurapit1
30 May 2019 20:15
RT @WeAHPs: Q1: How did you find out about your profession of choice? #WeAHPs **Remember to add #WeAHPs to your answers :-) ** https://t.c…
@HannahWrightRD
30 May 2019 20:15
@WeAHPs No work experience available at the time although worked as a carer in RH and NHs. #WeAHPs
@AliBooker_LBU
30 May 2019 20:16
@jessgent78 @WeAHPs @jessgent78 how about you, what attracted you to your career path? #WeAHPs
@PhysioSamMcIver
30 May 2019 20:16
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs saying hi from near Birmingham ???? Sam (Physio)
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:16
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs no but i now use it as a way to experience career progression ideas
@lindadeanelinda
30 May 2019 20:17
@julie_bolter @WeAHPs Distant memory allowing- Physiopherapist, phlebotomists, lab technician #WeAHPs
@PhysioSamMcIver
30 May 2019 20:17
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs I had two knee operations in my early twenties & had months of Physiotherapy & Hydrotherapy!
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:19
@AliBooker_LBU @WeAHPs #WeAHPs physical activity and exercise felt a good way to go after a early childhood of asth… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134177454707417095
@JulietSturgess
30 May 2019 20:19
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs I did get some work experience in Prosthetics and Orthotics and I suggest to others if your local h… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134177460487168000
@PhysioSamMcIver
30 May 2019 20:19
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs I would arrange work experience through hospital trusts or by contacting private Physiotherapy comp… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134177587394224128
@EB_SSLT
30 May 2019 20:20
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs no work experience programme but gained lots of experience working as a Speech Therapy Assistant.
@carrie_biddle
30 May 2019 20:20
@caldwell_pt @WeAHPs Interesting your experience was a lived experience not a work experience #WeAHPs
@AimeeRobson4
30 May 2019 20:20
@WeAHPs @DeptVetAffairs #WeAHPs woops
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:21
@HannahWrightRD @WeAHPs #WeAHPs would you have found it any different to your choice had you been able to attend work experience?
@sideshow_jim
30 May 2019 20:22
@WeAHPs Hi, Jim from not so sunny right now Leeds #WeAHPs
@JulietSturgess
30 May 2019 20:22
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs there are also some great snippets of Prosthetics and Orthotics on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrXUS7J139s
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:23
Q3: What influence/impact did careers fayres have on your career direction? #WeAHPs https://t.co/yXCcOd4hji
@AimeeRobson4
30 May 2019 20:23
RT @JulietSturgess: @WeAHPs #WeAHPs there are also some great snippets of Prosthetics and Orthotics on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrXUS7J139s
@Gailnahped
30 May 2019 20:24
Hello, from Forth Valley in Scotland, previously Paeditric Physio but now supporting AHP Practice Education @NHS_Education #WeAHPs
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:25
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs ok so sad to admit it but the freebies!!!!!! defo stoked my interest but only secondary to the enth… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134178957174202368
@carrie_biddle
30 May 2019 20:25
@lindadeanelinda @WeAHPs They were very sensible to plan ahead and invest in offering work experience for future workforce gains #WeAHPs
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:26
@Gailnahped @WeAHPs #WeAHPs can you help us understand why - nothing arranged in school? nothing easy to access fro… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134179369038045184
@carrie_biddle
30 May 2019 20:27
@EB_SSLT @WeAHPs Another great access route via the wider healthcare assistance route #WeAHPs were you actively enc… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134179501183778817
@ACP_SarahA
30 May 2019 20:27
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs they didn’t. I’d initially planned to do ‘history & philosophy of science’, but did much better in… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134179594750369794
@caldwell_pt
30 May 2019 20:28
@WeAHPs Very little to be honest for me. Just the free pens! #WeAHPs
@JulietSturgess
30 May 2019 20:28
@carrie_biddle @knitknitqueen @WeAHPs #WeAHPs great point @carrie_biddle. I did have an uncle with a prosthetic le… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134179760425357314
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:28
#WeAHPs
@sideshow_jim
30 May 2019 20:28
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs shadowed for a couple of days at my local Radiography department (including a slightly awkward obst… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134179817799262209
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:28
@PhysioSamMcIver @WeAHPs good advice - do you offer work experience now you are qualified?? what works for you? #WeAHPs
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:29
#WeAHPs
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:29
@AimeeRobson4 @WeAHPs @DeptVetAffairs good to hear patients inspired you! #WeAHPs
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:29
#WeAHPs
@caldwell_pt
30 May 2019 20:30
@Gailnahped @WeAHPs What’s the AHP game?! #weahps
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:30
#WeAHPs
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:30
@VJayeBurchell @WeAHPs How can we get that message/communication out there about leads etc. do you think from your experience? #WeAHPs
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:31
#WeAHPs
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:31
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@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:31
@WeAHPs oooh simulated ward experience tell us more! #WeAHPs
@caldwell_pt
30 May 2019 20:32
@Gailnahped @jessgent78 @WeAHPs I think sometimes it feels like it’s ‘who you know’ to get work experience #weahps
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:33
Q4: Why did you choose your profession? #WeAHPs https://t.co/pEZMZ2h5JL
@carrie_biddle
30 May 2019 20:34
@WeAHPs Oohhhh I love a game, anyone else got great 'hooks' ? #WeAHPs
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:34
@ACP_SarahA @WeAHPs #WeAHPs how did you decide during clearing that an AHP profession was for you??
@AliBooker_LBU
30 May 2019 20:35
Because I wanted to combine my passion for nutrition with helping and caring for others <3 #RD2B #WeAHPs
@JulietSturgess
30 May 2019 20:35
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs Don't remember Prosthetics and Orthotics being at careers fairs in my day but know there is a big p… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134181504509251589
@fluffytauntaun
30 May 2019 20:35
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs I liked people and was interested in food and science. My gp at the time described it as 'physician heal thy self'
@caldwell_pt
30 May 2019 20:35
@Gailnahped @WeAHPs @susanahped Ooh I like this! #weahps
@zankhanajani1
30 May 2019 20:35
@WeAHPs Zankhana from London -a bit late but here #WeAHPs
@zankhanajani1
30 May 2019 20:36
@WeAHPs Physics with a health care setting - all I wanted #WeAHPs
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:36
@Gailnahped @WeAHPs How can we ensure mature students needs are met with the work experience and career promotion opportunities?? #WeAHPs
@ACP_SarahA
30 May 2019 20:37
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs Wanted to have the skills & ability to work in all areas of Perioperative Care. Interested in the p… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134182043594743808
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:38
@WeAHPs i loved science (4 science A levels) but wanted something active in my work! #physiotherapy seemed to offer that #WeAHPs
@carrie_biddle
30 May 2019 20:38
@AlistairBeverl1 @WeAHPs You still caught in the old skool NHS #UsToo ?? #WeAHPs
@theLDphysio
30 May 2019 20:38
@WeAHPs Personal first/second hand experience through family members and sport #physio #weahps
@AimeeRobson4
30 May 2019 20:38
@WeAHPs I love being physically active and helping people to be the best they can be ???? so physiotherapy felt right for me #WeAHPs
@caldwell_pt
30 May 2019 20:38
@WeAHPs My 5yo son describes it as ‘mummy helps people get better’ ?? makes me so proud to be a physio #weahps
@julie_bolter
30 May 2019 20:38
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs after working as a HCA I knew I wanted to train as a Health Care Professional. But I choose dieteti… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134182394355945472
@JulietSturgess
30 May 2019 20:39
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs Prosthetics and orthotics really suited my science brain but love of creating things. The pride in… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134182446352732160
@Tom_ACP
30 May 2019 20:39
RT @WeAHPs: Q1: How did you find out about your profession of choice? #WeAHPs **Remember to add #WeAHPs to your answers :-) ** https://t.c…
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:39
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@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:40
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@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:40
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@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:41
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@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:42
@AlistairBeverl1 Easy done ?? #WeAHPs
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:43
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@lindadeanelinda
30 May 2019 20:43
@WeAHPs Radiography seemed to meet most requirements I wanted in a career and appeared to have plenty of opportunities #WeAHPs
@theLDphysio
30 May 2019 20:43
@WeAHPs Mid workout physio here, Nottingham UK, looking for excuses between sets. Think I've found it #weahps
@PhysioSamMcIver
30 May 2019 20:44
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs for me personally, they didn’t offer a great deal as it was personal experience & subsequent work e… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134183816233439232
@ACP_SarahA
30 May 2019 20:45
@jessgent78 @WeAHPs #WeAHPs I didn’t, clearing got me a place on a law degree. I got to the 3rd year, studying medi… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134183958038683648
@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:45
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs simple things - having autonomy to put people at the centre of their own care - today reviewing som… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134183992025071622
@ClaireClarkSLT
30 May 2019 20:46
RT @WeAHPs: Q4: Why did you choose your profession? #WeAHPs https://t.co/pEZMZ2h5JL
@PhysioSamMcIver
30 May 2019 20:47
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs I had lots of physiotherapy following 2 knee operations & it developed a passion for rehab, exercis… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134184488374886404
@ClaireClarkSLT
30 May 2019 20:48
@WeAHPs I wanted to help people. I wanted a career with variety and (at that time) I wanted to work with children but not to teach. #WeAHPs
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:50
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@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:50
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@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:51
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@ACP_SarahA
30 May 2019 20:51
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs knowing you could be the last face they see, the last voice they hear. On a more positive note: so… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134185639010811904
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:52
#WeAHPs anyone else agree?
@ellena_farrow
30 May 2019 20:52
@WeAHPs We literally save people’s lives and then help give them their quality of life back... #physiorocks #WeAHPs
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:53
#WeAHPs
@JulietSturgess
30 May 2019 20:53
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs There is a global shortage of Prosthetists/Orthotists so many opprtunities. The inspiring stories o… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134186069585534981
@SarahLHoward2
30 May 2019 20:53
RT @JulietSturgess: @WeAHPs #WeAHPs There is a global shortage of Prosthetists/Orthotists so many opprtunities. The inspiring stories of th…
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:54
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@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:54
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@JulietSturgess
30 May 2019 20:55
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@Han_b2013
30 May 2019 20:57
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs I found out about Speech and language therapy through my mum who was a 1:1 and worked with local SL… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134187074515603459
@knitknitqueen
30 May 2019 20:58
@ACP_SarahA @WeAHPs #WeAHPs I went straight in. Left one media career on the Friday and started in placement on the Monday
@ACP_SarahA
30 May 2019 20:58
@WeAHPs #WeAHPs supportive seniors, access to CPD, compassionate leadership & encouragement to keep going. “No-one… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134187428397420549
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 20:59
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@jessgent78
30 May 2019 20:59
@WeAHPs @CMarthaAlex #WeAHPs my enthusiasm is detrimental to my hashtags :)
@WeAHPs
30 May 2019 21:00
And that’s the hour! Thanks for a fab discussion, we hope that you’ve found it useful. It’s been great to hear everyone’s thoughts #WeAHPs




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