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AHPs celebrated at tree planting ceremony

L-R: Alison Russel – Clinical Manager ACTS Team, Occupational Therapy, Community Stroke, and Community Rehab, Amanda Mars – Lead Orthoptist, Rachel Huyton – Therapy Lead for Acute, Helen Richardson – Chief Nurse, Steven Lowe – Community Clinical Manager, Shaun Curran – Director of Operations (Medicine)

A tree was planted at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust to celebrate Allied Health Professionals Day.

AHPs Day is marked every year on October 14th to recognise the contribution of, a chance to get to know and celebrate our skills and achievements with your fellow Allied Health Professionals.

Members of staff from WWL, including the Trust’s new Chief Nurse, Helen Richardson, gathered at the Trust’s Headquarters on Wigan Lane to see the tree be planted by Lead Orthoptist, Amanda Mars.

Amanda said: “I’m so pleased my suggestion to plant a tree on AHPs day was welcomed by the Trust.

“It will be a great symbol of us working together and it will be wonderful to see the tree grow as our AHP workforce does so alongside it.”

A total of 14 professions make up the third largest workforce in the NHS, and include Art Therapists, Drama Therapists, Music Therapists, Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Dietitians. Also included are Occupational Therapists, Operating Department Practitioners, Orthoptists, Osteopaths, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Prosthetists and Orthotists, Radiographers, and last but by no means least, Speech and Language Therapists.

For more information on Allied Health Professionals Day visit www.england.nhs.uk/ahp/ahps-day

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