Allied Healthcare professionals are a distinct group of people who apply their expertise to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate people of all ages. Together, with a range of technical and support staff, their job is to deliver direct patient care in order to improve the health and well being of their patients, helping them to maintain optimal physical, sensory, psychological, cognitive and social functions.
This inclusive group, which can account for up to 60% of all health professionals in some countries, provides professional leadership, governance, supervision and professional development that will assure a certain quality of patient care.
Since many of you are more specialized, you must adhere to specific training and educational standards and your professional scope of practice. Often you must prove your skills through acquiring degrees, diplomas, certified credentials, or continuing education. Other allied health professions require no special training or credentials and are trained for their work by their employer through on-the-job training.
Mistakes in administering health care can be costly
As a licensed professional you should, at all times, be able to demonstrate competency through testing, and participation in the administering of health care to patients. A range of functions specific to any health care provider or support person may be identified through job description, hospital policy and procedure, or state law or regulation.
Allied professionals make a significant contribution to health industry, and the communities with whom they help to serve. As in any industry, there is always a concern that something could go wrong, and even the smallest of mistakes or misstatements can result in huge problems, even litigation.
As an allied healthcare provider you understand that, when working with patients, there’s always risks. When operating an allied health business with its many exposures, whether you’re an audiologist, nutritionist, occupational therapist, or speech pathologist, it is a profession that carries a certain level of risk that requires insurance for liability issues, which may arise.