Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Scientists

Penny Owens, Director of Allied Health Professionals, UHDB Trust

Hello, my name is Penny Owens.

I am delighted that you are interested in joining us here at UHDB where we really do put patient-centred care at the heart of our clinical practice.

We have over 1,500 allied health professionals and healthcare scientists working across our five hospital sites. Of course, with such a wide diversity of professions many of us have the opportunity to work outside the hospital with our community and primary care colleagues and adjacent trusts to deliver care closer to our patients' homes.

Our aim is to work in partnership to deliver holistic and better care, to really make a difference to our patients and their families.

You may be at the start of your career or at some point further along that career journey, but in all cases our aspiration is to ensure that you have a supported journey from preceptorship to advanced practice, with a wide range of exciting and interesting career opportunities along the way.

UHDB aims to be a career innovator. We provide practice-placement opportunities for undergraduates, and we support both apprenticeships and ‘return to practice’ placement opportunities. We also provide the opportunity for direct entry to the professions at Masters level for diagnostic radiography and sonography. In all of this we are supported by our practice learning facilitation unit, which houses our educators in collaboration with the local universities.

As a group of professions we have recently worked to produce a five year AHP and HCS clinical strategy, which outlines not only how we make a difference, but also how we can work in different ways across our professional groups to deliver excellence in clinical care. We are focussed on using the unique talents of all our AHPs and HCSs to inform and support innovations in practice.

UHDB is a vibrant, forward-looking Trust and there's never been a more exciting time to join us. I would like to invite you to come with us on our journey to do things differently, and let us support you in becoming the best practitioner you can be.

Best wishes,

Penny Owens
Director of Allied Health Professionals, University Hospitals of Derby & Burton