“We’re really proud at Leicester to have pioneered the Armed Forces into Allied Health Project, which properly acknowledges the hard work and qualifications undertaken by armed forces personnel looking to transition into a healthcare career. But we recognise that this pathway doesn’t exist on a national scale – that’s why we are working with Health Education England and both Plymouth and Suffolk to expand our research and see what challenges veterans may have faced.
“We hope to use our findings to create an equitable national pathway which not only opens up opportunities for a large group of people, but could also provide some solutions towards tackling staff shortages in the NHS.”
“At the University of Plymouth we are really happy to welcome ex-armed forces personnel onto our healthcare programmes. We are also looking forward to working with Health Education England, the University of Leicester and the University of Suffolk: together we hope to take this project forward and make a difference.”
“Ensuring the future supply of an Allied Health Profession (AHP) workforce is a key objective for Health Education England (HEE) and workforce planning. The HEE AHP programme has been working closely with colleagues at Step into Health to raise the profile of the 14 AHP professions and encourage former and current Armed Forces personnel to look at an AHP profession as future career choice.
“Armed Forces personnel have extensive transferable skills that allow them to meet and support the transition to that of an AHP career. The University of Leicester’s AFIAH project pathway is an excellent initiative that can assist and support Armed Forces personnel to join those who have already taken up a career as an AHP.”
“University of Suffolk are excited to be collaborating with University of Leicester and University of Plymouth on this project. Here in East Anglia we have several Armed Forces bases with service personnel choosing to complete degrees in Allied Health professions when they leave.
“There are known challenges for ex-Armed Forces personnel in applying for Allied Health degree programmes and hopefully this project will ensure all HEI’s have a better understanding of the qualifications gained during service and how these translate into the requirements for course entry.”