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If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

I am in Gloucestershire

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis teams.

Call 0800 169 0398.

And choose one of the following options depending on your location:

  • Option 1 for Stroud and Cotswolds
  • Option 2 for Gloucester and Forest
  • Option 3 for Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds

Please note: telephone calls may be recorded. If you do not want that to happen, please tell the person who answers your call and they will phone you back on a ‘non-recordable’ telephone.

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Occasionally, callers may be asked to leave their name and number on an answerphone. In these circumstances, staff will return the call within one hour.

I am in Herefordshire

If you are in Herefordshire, please call: 01432 364046

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you need help but are not in crisis, please contact your GP if in opening hours, or 111. If you don’t have a GP use the NHS service search to locate the nearest one to you. If your query is not urgent, you can find our contact details here.

Are you feeling vulnerable? Do you need to talk to somebody now?

samaritans

Call free on 116 123
If you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide, you can call the Samaritans.

Stay Alive App

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.

childline

Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.

selfharm

Call 0808 816 0606
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.

Today marks the first ‘Allied Health Professions (AHPs)’ day in England.  An idea posted just a couple of months ago on twitter by AHP leads in Cornwall caught the interest of NHS England and a social movement commenced.

A logo, pin badges and a whole raft of publicity later, the day has arrived with the aim of celebrating the valuable contribution of Allied Health Professionals and raising the profile of the 14 different allied health professions, many of which people may not have even heard of.

Most people have probably heard of, or seen, a physiotherapist, will know what paramedics do and might have some idea about radiography but are much less likely to know about podiatry or orthotics. NHS England have a handy guide describing all 14 professions at www.england.nhs.uk/ahp/role.

Allied Health Professions are the third largest workforce in the NHS and the service couldn’t operate without them.

At ²gether, we have five of the 14 professions working within our team. They make a huge contribution to enabling recovery and supporting wellbeing across all age groups in hospital and community settings.

Arts therapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists work alongside medical and nursing colleagues to provide their unique perspective and expertise to work with service users and carers to achieve their goals.

Art therapists can help people to explore emotions, dietitians might help to enhance nutrition in eating disorders treatment. Working alongside an occupational therapist could help someone to return to work, being supported by physiotherapists could achieve a comfortable seating position. Working with a speech and language therapist to explore the use of assistive technology with can ensure a person is able to express their views, vital to having a good quality of life.

As we work toward joining with our colleagues in Gloucestershire Care Services, the future looks good for Allied Health Professionals. We will increase in size, grow in number of professions and have the potential to make a real change to how we deliver truly integrated care.

As quoted in ‘AHPS into Action’, a recent NHS England strategy document, “As AHPs we need to work together towards services that we aspire to provide rather than being constrained by organisational boundaries. We all have common goals in improving care and this needs to work in both acute and community without being limited by the structure that services are provided in”.

Happy Allied Health Professions Day!

Becca Shute, Head of Profession for Occupational Therapy

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