In the past decade, a fundamental shift has occurred in healthcare delivery, largely due to advances in science and technology. There is now more recognition, than at any time in the past, that health service delivery is a team effort, drawing upon the expertise of doctors, nurses as well as allied and healthcare professionals.Better appreciation and utilization of the whole range of skills possessed by these professionals – collectively termed as Allied and Health Professionals (A&HPs) – is the key to health-sector reforms in India, especially given the shortage of doctors and nurses in semi-urban and rural areas of the country.

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Who are Allied and Healthcare Professionals?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Allied health personnel are personnel who have specific connections with the art and science of health care and are recognized as members of health team in the national health system. They are educated, at either professional or lower levels, in a recognized or accredited health or healthrelated or academic Institution". Allied health professionals include individuals involved with the delivery of health or related services, with expertise in therapeutic, diagnostic, curative, preventive and rehabilitative interventions. They work in interdisciplinary health teams including physicians, nurses and public health officials to promote, protect, treat and/or manage a person’s physical, mental, social, emotional and environmental health and holistic well-being.

For An indicative list of Allied and Healthcare Professionals.

Other important resources

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
National Health Portal
National Health Mission
National Institute of Health and Family Welfare
National Health System and Resource Centre
Ministry of Human Resource Development
University Grant Commission
Executive Summary