Allied health professions

The allied health professions include a range of jobs such as radiographers and physiotherapists, working in hospitals, clinics, housing services, people's homes, schools, and colleges.

You will need academic qualifications and the training demands are high. But, you will gain job satisfaction and excellent career prospects as an allied health professional in NHSScotland.

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Art therapist

Art therapists help people deal with issues and emotions by helping them to express themselves through art.

Diagnostic radiographer

Diagnostic radiographers capture images of the body that help to diagnose patients with illnesses or injuries.


Dietitians use their expert nutritional and dietetic knowledge to help people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.


Dramatherapists use drama to support clients, by helping them build self-awareness and self-confidence.

Spiritual Care

Chaplains promote, facilitate and meet the spiritual wellbeing of health and social care service users, carers and staff.

Music therapist

Music therapists work with people of all ages, using music to help them make positive changes in their emotional wellbeing.

Occupational therapist

Occupational therapists help people to carry out everyday activities, which are essential for health and wellbeing.

Operating department practitioner

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) work with other theatre staff including anaesthetists, surgeons and nurses.


Orthoptists work with patients to assess and manage a range of eye problems.


Physiotherapists work with people to help with physical problems which affect movement.


A podiatrist (or chiropodist) diagnoses and treats a wide range of conditions associated with the foot and ankle.

Prosthetist and orthotist

Prosthetists fit artificial limbs, called prostheses. Orthotists prescribe support aids called orthoses.

Speech and Language Therapist

Speech and language therapists assess and support people with communication problems.

Therapeutic radiographer

Therapeutic radiographers are responsible for the planning and delivery of accurate radiotherapy treatments.

Current vacancies

View all the current Allied Health Professions vacancies within NHSScotland.