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AHP careers fellowship scheme

The AHP careers fellowship scheme is now open for applications. We think that the scheme is an asset for AHPs in Scotland and that it can be used to support the COVID-19 recovery journey.

So, for this year only, we are opening for applications which focus on recovery and rehabilitation, which build on the learning from the pandemic and help AHP services plan for the future.

The scheme supports career development for the AHP workforce in the public health and social care sector in Scotland. It does this by funding AHP staff to;

  1. participate in a learning programme delivered by NES and
  2. lead and deliver their own rehabilitation/recovery focused work-based project over 10- 12 months to improve, change or develop AHP services. This can be in your own team, service, locality, organisation or region. We will also consider national projects 

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 23rd October 2020.

What do we mean by rehabilitation and recovery?

We mean a project that is consistent with the scope and vision of the Scottish Government’s Framework for supporting people through recovery and rehabilitation during and after the COVID- 19 pandemic.

Or projects which support rehabilitation and recovery within services for children and young people.

How do I apply?

See our FAQs [DOC] and Application form [DOC] for more details on how to apply and what you can apply for.

Who can apply

The AHP Careers Fellowship Scheme will accept applications from registered and non registered staff from the following professional groups:

  • Art therapists
  • Dance movement psychotherapists
  • Diagnostic radiographers
  • Dietitians
  • Dramatherapists
  • Music therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Orthoptists
  • Podiatrists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Prosthetists and orthotists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Therapeutic radiographers

Useful information for application

You may find the Healthcare Support Worker Toolkit a good reference for more details about the various levels of support staff:

Underpinning Knowledge:

You may also wish to make reference to local policies and initiatives.

Video guides

Learning experience

The importance of justifying what you hope to get out of your learning experience and how these aims can be expressed in a clear way.

Learning experience on Vimeo

Development of learning outcomes

How to develop learning outcomes.

Development of learning outcomes on Vimeo

Learning needs analysis

Identifying what you need in order to enhance care for people

Learning needs analysis on Vimeo

Maximising the impact of learning

Maximising the impact of learning (JL) from NES on Vimeo.

Career development framework

To help you look at your learning needs and understand where your areas of development might be in relation to your level of practice.

Career development framework on Vimeo

Equality and diversity

Planning for Learning taking Equality & Diversity into account.

Equality and diversity on Vimeo

Examples of previous projects

If you are looking for inspiration here are some examples of the projects AHP Fellows did last year.


NHS Forth Valley [PDF]
NHS Fife [PDF]
NHS Lothian [PDF]
NHS Lanarkshire [PDF]
NHS Grampian [PDF]


NHS Dumfries & Galloway

AHPCF Debra Little Biteable from NES on Vimeo.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


AHPCF Rhona Burch Biteable from NES on Vimeo.

NHS Tayside


AHPCF Wendy Meldrum Biteable from NES on Vimeo.

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Kirsty Paton, Assistant Practice Educator, Dumfries & Galloway from NES on Vimeo.

Project management guidance

Guidance documents to assist AHPs with management of projects

The following documents will provide AHP Careers Fellows and other AHPs with guidance in developing and managing projects.

The QI Zone

The Quality Improvement Zone on Turas Learn provides information and resources to support people at all levels of experience to develop their knowledge and lead QI projects

Project management guidance

Tools and templates

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Last updated: 30/07/2020

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