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AHP careers fellowship scheme

The AHP Careers Fellowship 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 a work-based project over 10- 12 months to improve, change or develop AHP services. This can be team, service, locality, organisation or region based. We will also consider national projects . Sometimes we ask that these projects specifically address particular themes, drivers or priorities

We will re-open for applications at the end of summer 2021. In the meantime we encourage you to think about how the scheme could support your career development and the type of project you might want to lead. There are ideas and resources on this page to help you to do that and look out for blogs from current Fellows on AHPs across health and social care. ( It’s never too early to start discussing your ideas with your colleagues, team leader and, of course, with us. Please don’t hesitate to email to set up a time for an informal chat.

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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