Our largest workforce

You could help treat a broken toe or assess and make recommendations for someone’s diet. The Allied Health Professions (AHPs) make up over 60% of the BCUHB workforce and include everything from Podiatrist, Dietitian and Music Therapists, to Physiotherapist, Diagnostic Radiographer, Therapeutic Radiographer and Speech & Language Therapist.  

Whether you're interested in science, the arts or physical movement, BCUHB has a role to suit you.

Entry requirements to be an AHP vary, and acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a professional involves training and study at degree or diploma level.

The academic requirements and training demands are high, but so are the rewards, in terms of both job satisfaction and career prospects.

Autonomy and teamwork

AHPs carry their own caseloads and work as autonomous professionals, for example working directly with patients to develop interactive therapies to aid recovery.

But AHPs will also be part of a team and may even lead one. This might mean working with other AHPs or professionals such GPs, hospital doctors, teachers or social workers. AHPs see patients and clients in different surroundings and they work in hospitals, clinics, housing services, people's homes, schools and colleges, to name but few.

Support roles

BCUHB also needs a range of vital support staff. These roles do not require any set academic qualifications, so have a look at our Support Roles. 

Training and Development Opportunities for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)

We recognise that the process of gaining further experience in a supported environment, or developing specialist clinical or leadership interests can be pretty challenging for AHPS after completion of their prescribed training programmes  are offer is   : Support , mentorship and ongoing training have a look what we can do  for you and your role :

Speech and Language Therapists

We have a very supportive ‘Newly Qualified Practitioner Support Framework’ within BCUHB. You’ll have an allocated, mentor as well as a ‘buddy’ (someone who themselves was new fairly recently) to cover supporting you to complete your NQP competencies, and also to just have a listening ear as you find your feet.

The service is large enough to have lots of people with plenty of clinical experience to support you, yet small enough to be friendly and approachable. Involvement in CENs and the professional development work of RCSLT (and the Wales Hub) is very actively encouraged, as is bringing all your ideas to our service’s continual improvement.

Podiatry

We ensure all new starters have a linked mentor who will support them in finding their feet, so to speak, in all clinical and non clinical aspects of the working world. We phase in over a period of time to make sure staff are able to cope with the level of work whilst in new, if rather beautiful surroundings.

Diabetes is an area we excel at with the lowest amputation rates in Wales for the last 6 years running, and each of the three acute sites has a dedicated specialist team of podiatrists that link in with other specialties to undertake this most valuable of podiatric roles. One of our diabetes podiatrists has been supported to become one of the first to prescribe in the e county. We thoroughly encourage staff to rotate through these teams and develop valuable skills.

All the breathtaking views mean lots of walking and sports, so feet take a pounding! And the Biomechanics teams are here to help; with 2 orthotic labs, one making CADCAM bespoke devices. Specialist biomechanics teams are in all 3 areas and again we encourage rotation through this are that is of interest to many, and includes some specials orthopedic and CMATS roles.

Orthotics

Delivering orthotic series throughout the stunning BCU area are our team of 7 Orthotists.  Both community and ward based work is undertaken and again it is supported fully initially to make sure you are not left guessing on what to do. We have competencies that will guide you through the clinical processes required in BCU and are fully supported throughout this process.

Dietetics

We strive on Quality improvement initiatives and you will be encouraged and supported in considering improved and more effective ways of working. So when you see change or improvement we will work on this with you!

Our Therapy Services embrace innovative and better ways of working, and epitomize the core values of our Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

We are working solidly with all our Partners to bring care closer to patient homes, and ensure equitable, optimal care for all.

Physiotherapy

The Physiotherapy service in BCUHB  is still  the leading edge of development of Physiotherapy practice for a number of years. It was the first service in Wales to introduce Self referral into physiotherapy and to Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapy Posts in Primary care. Physiotherapy in BCUHB has lead the way in the development of primary care posts and has presented nationally on this work.

The service has a clear structure for career development, offering both managerial and clinical pathways.

Clinical Pathways include Band 7 Clinical Specialist positions and Band 8a Advanced Practitioner roles in areas such as Primary care, respiratory, neurology, paediatrics. Orthopaedics, COTE Cancer Services and community

Leadership Pathways include B6 site co-ordinator, B7 Team leader, B8a Deputy roles and B8B Head of service. Against we support Leadership development through in house study and external qualifications

This is a large service of some 400 staff. This creates opportunities for developments in many specialties and opportunities to develop throughout your career.

We take undergraduate students from Cardiff and English Universities too. New starters in the service have an induction and work in teams of staff including senior staff; clinical specialists and advanced practitioners who are there to provide support education and training, helping you to consolidate your learning.

We have a post graduate training and development programme supporting the rotational developmental experience gained n core specialities like, orthopaedics, community services, stroke and rehabilitation.

Staff are able to request additional training in specific areas to meet their development needs too where they support service development requirements.

There is a continuous development programme, and as your career develops it may be relevant for you to go on to develop extended skills,  undertaking Master’s  level training for advanced skills as you gain clinical  experience.

There are fantastic opportunities for support staff too who can access both in-service training and a diploma via ‘AGORED’ to develop skills and underpinning knowledge and give you more confidence in your work with patients

North Wales has much to offer – stay active with some wonderful walking, climbing, cycling and sailing opportunities – you name it – outdoor pursuits are here in beautiful surroundings!

Occupational Therapy

The Occupational therapy service provides a model of supervision for all staff which is based on professional guidelines. We have a wealth of clinical knowledge and skills across Physical health, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities and Paediatric specialism with new graduate rotational opportunities across the specialism’s’. We have excellent close working relationships with our local authority colleagues and see this as another further development and learning opportunity. We believe we are a forward thinking service, we are not afraid to try something new and test out concepts of change for service development, promoting emerging areas of professional practice for example recent primary care, emergency department and psychiatric liaison posts.   We believe our staff are our strongest asset, supporting professional roles, development and career progression.  We have close links with the local graduate training university actively supporting student placements and professional study days. 

For any questions you may have about our profession please email BCUHB.TherapyServices@wales.nhs.uk

Operating Department Practitioner (ODP)

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are a vital part of the multidisciplinary operating theatre team, providing a high standard of patient focused care during anaesthesia, surgery and recovery, responding to patients’ physical and psychological needs.

We support newly qualified staff and encourage them to build on their confidence and experience, this is achieved by an established preceptorship programme. There is a continuous development programme, staff are able to request additional training in specific areas to meet their development needs and support service improvement requirements.

There are many career progression opportunities for ODPs. Depending on what you want to get out of your career and which path you want to go down, there are opportunities to progress to a Band 6 and Band 7 (Team Leader). We have excellent close working relationships with our local Universities and they can offer us further development and learning opportunities.

Take a look at our latest vacancies here. For ODP vacancies, please look at both sectors Nursing & Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals.

 

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