Allied Health Professions (AHP) Day – 14 October 2020

Every year on 14 October, we celebrate our Allied Health Professionals. We have celebrated on campus in previous years, but unfortunately, this year that will not be possible. It does bring to light just how important our AHP’s are within the NHS and how much they support us all at some point in our lives. We are proud to train AHP’s here at BCU and want to tell you just how important they are to us.

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Allied Health Professions

We offer undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees in a variety of different allied health professions. You can register with the Health and Care Professions Council when you have qualified from one of the following courses:

  • Operating Department Practice
  • Paramedic Science
  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Therapeutic Radiography
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Dietetics
  • Physiotherapy

Operating Department Practice

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are highly skilled healthcare practitioners that support patients during each phase of the patient’s perioperative care.

You will be responsible for preparing the environment and all of the necessary instruments and equipment in readiness for an anaesthetic, surgery or recovery of patients.

By gaining such a diverse set of skills, across lots of different areas within a clinical healthcare setting you will acquire the essential experience and competence to progress within your career if you wanted to – the possibilities are endless!

Dip HE Operating Department Practice

BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

Paramedic Science

Paramedics are senior ambulance service health care professionals who attend an accident or a medical emergency.  Paramedics work on their own or with an Emergency Care Assistant or Ambulance Technician, they assess the patient's condition and then give essential treatment. They use high-tech equipment, such as defibrillators, spinal and traction splints and intravenous drips, and as well as administering oxygen and drugs. The Paramedic Science degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to practice as a Paramedic.

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

Diagnostic Radiography

In NHS hospitals, Diagnostic Radiographers will work as part of a healthcare team to provide diagnostic imaging services. Larger hospitals are more likely to have a wider and more prominent radiography team. They will usually only meet their patients once and depending on the area of imaging, diagnostic radiographers may deal with anything between three to forty patients per day.

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography


Therapeutic Radiography departments are only located in large hospitals. Therapeutic Radiographers (also known as Radiotherapy Radiographers) operate complex, highly technical equipment. They both plan and deliver treatment for patients. It is vital that exactly the right amount of radiation is accurately targeted at the site of the disease. Therapeutic Radiographers can get to know individual patients quite well, as often regular treatment is required. The radiographer will explain the treatment and support the patient throughout.

BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and language Therapists (SLTs) in the UK work with children and adults to help them overcome or adapt to a vast array of disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing. You will be able to attend practical placements to enhance your skills before you go out into the workplace.

Our course is well established and has a history of successfully training Speech and Language Therapists for over 50 years, so you are guaranteed excellent support, training and access to a wealth of knowledge.

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

MSc Speech and Language Therapy


Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals who assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level.

On this postgraduate degree in Dietetics, you will gain knowledge in food science, applied nutrition, clinical pathology and pharmacology, social science and therapeutic dietetics. Development of key skills, including communication, research and professionalism will enable you to become a compassionate and competent practitioner who can deliver effective, evidence-based and quality-driven care. You'll learn in specially built clinical skills rooms, with specialist space so you can get the best training possible.

MSc Dietetics


Physiotherapy uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, working through partnership and negotiation with individuals to optimise their functional ability and potential.

Our Physiotherapy (pre-registration) Masters degree will develop your clinical leadership knowledge and skills over 3 different practice areas; including musculoskeletal, cardio respiratory and neurology. Development of key skills, including communication, research and professionalism will enable you to become a compassionate and competent practitioner who can deliver effective, evidence-based and quality-driven care. 

MSc Physiotherapy

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Get involved in AHP Day

AHPs day is a grass root opportunity for AHPs to come together and celebrate being part of the AHP family.

What is AHPs Day?