“I wanted to use my art in a way that contributes to society” – careers in wellbeing

This year has really highlighted the importance of physical and mental wellbeing. Financial worries, the lack of job security and being separated from loved ones, all with the threat of a global pandemic looming in the background, can take its toll.

With more of us becoming aware of our own wellbeing, there is no better time to consider a career as an Allied Health Professional, or AHP. AHPs make up the third-largest clinical workforce in the NHS, working across a range of sectors from emergency response and diagnosis to mental and physical rehabilitation. Their focus is to help patients live life as fully as possible.

Roles within this area include:

  • Art Therapist – using art to help patients address emotional issues that are too difficult to talk about.
  • Music Therapist – using the power of music to help people deal with feelings they cannot put into words.
  • Drama Therapist – using roleplay, voice work, movement and storytelling to help people explore and solve personal and social problems.
  • Speech & Language Therapist – providing treatment and support for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing.
  • Occupational Therapist – helping people who have difficulties carrying out day-to-day activities because of a disability, illness, trauma, ageing and a range of long-term conditions.

Although challenging at times, these roles are incredibly rewarding and offer a huge sense of job satisfaction.

Sophie Williams completed a MA in Art Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire in 2018. She now works as a Family Care Practitioner for a children’s mental health charity.

“I chose my career path because I have always loved art and I wanted to use my art in a way that contributes to society,” said Sophie.

“The most rewarding part of my job is meeting lovely families and seeing a positive change for a young person. I enjoy working with children because with them I can create, have fun, play and basically act like a big kid.”

Find more about a career as an Allied Health Professional here: We are the NHS: Allied Health Professionals

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