Allied Health Professionals Recruitment

At Search, our Medical, Health & Social Care sector focuses on providing temporary and permanent recruitment solutions for allied health professionals and all levels of health and social care staff.

Allied Health Professionals form a distinct group of health professionals who apply their expertise to prevent disease transmission, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate people of all ages and all specialities. Along with a range of technical and support staff, allied health professionals often deliver direct patient care, rehabilitation, treatment, diagnostics and health improvement interventions to restore and maintain optimal physical, sensory, psychological, cognitive and social functions.

Search is one of the leading allied health professional agencies, and as a result we have a range of candidates throughout the UK who are knowledgeable, experienced and have the flexibility to commit to temp or perm roles at short notice.

Allied health professionals cover a wide spectrum of healthcare practices, and some of the roles that Search recruits for include:

  • Anesthesiologist assistant
  • Anesthesia technician
  • Art therapist / art psychotherapist
  • Athletic trainer
  • Autotransfusionist
  • Audiologist
  • Cardiovascular technologist
  • Clinical laboratory scientist
  • Medical coder
  • Clinical officer
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Diagnostic medical sonographist (Often, but not always, state registered Radiographers)
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Electrocardiogram technician
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Environmental health officer
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Kinesiotherapist
  • Lactation consultant
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical assistant
  • Medical interpreter
  • Medical laboratory scientist
  • Medical radiation scientist
  • Music therapist
  • Neurophysiologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Operating Department practitioner
  • Orthoptist
  • Orthotist / Prosthetist
  • Paramedic
  • Pedorthist
  • Perfusionist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Podiatrist
  • Public health epidemiologist
  • Physical therapist/Physiotherapist
  • Radiotherapist/ Radiation therapist/ Medical dosimetrist
  • Diagnostic radiographer (Including specialist radiographers e.g. angiographer, mammographer, sonographer, etc.)
  • Recreational therapist
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Renal dialysis technologist[4]
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Scribe
  • Social workers
  • Speech and language pathologist
  • Surgical technologist

The precise titles, roles and requisites of allied health professionals may vary considerably, and within the UK cities in which Search has a presence - Aberdeen, Brighton, Crawley, Dundee, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Leicester, LiverpoolManchester and Sheffield. Our knowledgeable and experienced consultants, many of whom come from a medical and healthcare background themselves, are here to advise you of the nuances between roles and the differences you can expect to encounter when making your next allied healthcare hire.

Search’s allied health professional offering was established in 2004, and since then we have created an impressive client portfolio which includes a large number of major UK employers including hospitals, care homes, mental health facilities, housing charities & trusts and cosmetic & aesthetic organisations.

Allied Health Professionals – background

In recent years, an increasing public demand for medical services combined with higher health care costs borne by individuals and organisations such as the NHS has resulted in a shift from treating patients solely in hospitals, to the mainstream provision of care in private clinics, medical practices and community-based care. As a result, there has been an increase in the need for skilled health care delivery personnel worldwide, something that we at Search recognise and can help organisations overcome with our range of recruitment solutions.

Changes in the healthcare industry and emphasis on cost-efficient solutions to health care delivery will continue to encourage expansion of the allied health workforce. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there is currently a worldwide shortage of about 2 million allied health professionals (considering all health workers aside from medical and nursing personnel) needed in order to meet global health goals.

In recognition of the ever growing numbers and diversity of allied health professionals in recent years, a number of new health practices and disciplines are now recognised internationally as a result. Depending on the presumed skill level, a candidate could either be identified as an ‘allied health professional’ or ‘allied health associate professionals’.

As the leading UK allied health professional recruitment agency, we’re seeing an increase in job titles such as clinical officers, clinical associates, physician assistants and assistant medical officers, as well as community health workers, dietitians, nutritionists, audiologists, and speech therapists among others.

The future of allied health professional recruitment

Internationally, projections have shown an expected long term shortage of qualified workers to fill many allied health positions. This is primarily due to the expansion of the health industry as a result of an aging and growing population. Large numbers of allied health professionals nearing retirement, the industry’s need to be cost efficient, and a lack of sufficient investment in training and development to stay in line with these trends are also causes for concern.

Search recognises these trends, and with our expertise in the allied health professional recruitment, we can help to address them with our range of customised services and talented workforce of candidates based across the UK.

Numerous health care experts anticipate that health services will increasingly be delivered via local and community based methods rather than in hospitals. As a result, Search is increasingly focussed on expanding our candidate pool throughout the UK. No longer is the focus purely on recruitment in our larger hubs such as Manchester and Liverpool, but also in Sheffield, Brighton, Leicester, Dunfermline and Leeds.

Search’s expertise in allied health professionals means that we fully understand the staffing needs of various organisations and services. For example, we understand that hospitals primarily provide inpatient health services and may provide some outpatient services as a secondary activity, where there may be a requirement for allied health professionals. Within nursing and residential care facilities, our allied health professionals provide residential care including community care for the elderly or mental health and drug or alcohol abuse services.

Across the UK there are 12 distinct professions who are considered allied health professionals. In combination they account for about six per cent of the NHS workforce. In 2013 the annual expenditure on services provided by allied health professionals amounted to around ₤2 billion, making this workforce a significant group within the NHS workforce. Due to the large geographical reach of the NHS, Search is aware of the need to recruit candidates from across the country, and with 13 offices in Aberdeen, Brighton, Crawley, Dundee, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Leicester, LiverpoolManchester and Sheffield, we are the perfect allied health recruitment agency to meet your recruitment needs.    

The demand for allied health professionals shows no signs of slowing down, and as the leading allied health professional recruitment agency, Search is committed to working alongside all of our clients to deliver a quality recruitment service and the best allied health candidates.

Contact us today to see how we can meet your needs. We look forward to working with you.