AHPs Day 2018 - Julia Dixon

Today (Monday 15 October) is the first ever Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) Day – an opportunity for the 14 allied health professions to come together to focus on their brilliant work and celebrate their skills.

Here at Leeds Community Healthcare we are extremely proud of our own AHPs and want to shine a light on their crucial work and achievements by profiling a few of them…


Julia DixonWho do you care for?

I work with adults aged 18 upwards who have a learning disability.

Describe what you do.

I work with people around their communication, eating and drinking needs. This often involves care coordination and working in a multi-agency way. Part of my job is to support people with learning disabilities to access mainstream services - creativity and thinking on the spot is a must! We are always looking at ways to get the balance right between clinical recommendations, what is important to the person and what will impact positively on their quality of life.

How long have you worked for the NHS?

It's scary to realise that I've worked for the NHS for 12-and-a-half years! Time has really flown!

What do you enjoy most about your role as an AHP?

I enjoy working with my AHP colleagues every day. In my experience, as a collective we are a forward thinking, problem solving, extremely caring bunch. I enjoy the range of AHPs I work with who bring a wealth of skills to service user care. I think the way in which AHPs work in a multidisciplinary way is not only invaluable to the team but also service users and their families.

Describe your proudest moment.

I worked with a family who did not speak English and were limited in their support networks. The service user had significant eating and drinking difficulties which had a negative impact on his physical health and social opportunities. I worked alongside the multi-disciplinary team, adult social care and interpreters to support the service user to resolve his eating and drinking difficulties and be able to access meaningful day time occupation. Outcomes for his physical health and social opportunities were greatly improved and the family feel more supported in meeting his needs.

 

Julia Dixon

Speech and Language Therapist

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust