Did you know, there are more than 70 different disciplines who deliver, support or inform direct patient care under the umbrella of allied health? Allied health professions are invaluable team members who provide a range of preventative, diagnostic, technical and therapeutic health care and clinical support services to our community and across the continuum of care.
This Friday, October 14 is Allied Health Professionals Day (#AHPsDay2022) and we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the work happening in British Columbia that supports these dynamic and critical professions. We would also like to thank every single allied health team member – the care you provide is vital to our health care system.
In 2021, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) conducted an Allied Health Professional Practice Review. The findings identified four areas of focus to improve support for allied health teams: practice/operations partnership; orientation, onboarding and education; leadership development and career pathway; and profession-specific leadership. This is what we’ve done so far:
- We are working to enhance our leadership structures to provide more support to our allied health professionals throughout their career, including empowering those who wish to advance to leadership roles.
- We have created an allied health portfolio with profession specific educators within clinical education to focus on the specific needs of our allied health professionals.
- We will be launching our Physiotherapy New Grad program later this fall, and plan to focus on new graduate supports for other professions over the next year.
Provincially in 2021, the Ministry of Health also reviewed the needs of the allied health workforce through surveys and focus groups. One outcome of this review, as mentioned in a provincial government announcement this past July 2022, are additional allied health training seats in public post-secondary institutions throughout B.C.
Allied health is a critical area of health care delivery and VCH values every person who is contributing. A big and heartfelt thank you to all of you.
“As a former practicing Physiotherapist, I witness every day the significant involvement of these providers in patient care,” says Brenda Mcknight, Professional Practice Director of Allied Health. “Their contributions are multitude, spanning direct patient care, specialist expertise, education, innovation and leadership across public and private sector organizations.”
VCH is continuing to support allied health clinicians and staff to deliver the best care possible to patients and clients by providing additional resources, greater educational opportunities and more recognition of their important contributions.