NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Allied Health Professions

There are so many great reasons to come and work for us, and on this page, you will find out more about some of the individual Allied Health Professions across NHS Dumfries & Galloway.  Each division within our Health Board has a dedicated Manager which allows for excellent lines of communication for our different teams.

Our Allied Health Professional colleagues work in a variety of environments across the Health Board.  We have a range of staff based in acute, rehabilitation, short term reablement, mental health, paediatric and community settings.  You can find out more information on each professional area below, and because our teams are truly multi-disciplinary, you will also find details of how these roles integrate into specialist areas by visiting the other Divisions pages on this website.

Why work for NHS Dumfries & Galloway?

Please select from the specialties below for more information

Dietetics

Our Dietitians work across the region in the following areas:

  • Adult acute (inpatients) – Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary and Galloway Community Hospital
  • Adult Community Hospital Inpatients
  • Community Nutrition Support – outpatient clinics across the region and home visits
  • Paediatrics (inpatients & outpatients)
  • Diabetes & Weight management
  • Mental Health and Eating disorders  – To find out more about our mental health service click here. 
  • Gastroenterology
  • Renal
  • Inpatient Catering
 

Occupational Therapy

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Occupational Therapists work within hospitals and domiciliary (home/homely) settings across 3 newly evolving pathways of Acute, Rehabilitation and Reablement and Musculoskeletal/Outpatients. Working alongside people and their occupational needs to help regain, maintain and accommodate new ways of managing tasks and participating in occupations (activities) important or essential towards healthy ageing and positive well-being.

The Acute service aims to provide high quality, responsive and holistic functional assessment and treatment for patients in order to facilitate safe and timely discharges. 

The Rehabilitation service work within community hospital inpatient and in domiciliary settings to holistically work alongside people effected by physical conditions to help regain, maintain and learn new ways of managing tasks and activities important or essential towards everyday life. 

The MSK service work within outpatient hand therapy clinic settings and provide patient centred Hand therapy programmes such as custom made thermoplastic splints/orthotics, joint protection programmes, functional rehab programmes, exercise strengthening and sensory work, ergonomic and work related advice.

Our Occupational Therapy Service is available to adults within Acute Services (Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary ) and across the region in Cottage Hospitals, Community Rehabilitation and Short-term Reablement. We also provide a Children’s OT service. 

To find out more about our mental health service click here.

You can find more about our service by clicking here. 

Key Features

Why work with us...

Hear from the team...

“The people of D&G are so great to work with and I feel like I can really make a difference in the area I love, alongside very knowledgeable and dedicated colleagues” Occupational Therapist, Community Rehabilitation​

Orthoptics

The Orthoptic department in Dumfries is a small friendly team, comprising of 4 Orthoptists and an Orthoptic assistant.

We are located in the town of Dumfries, at Mountainhall Treatment Centre, but cover the whole region of Dumfries & Galloway, and have the privilege of driving through this beautiful region to run peripheral clinics in different locations throughout the area.

We work closely with Ophthalmology, education and social services, and provide a range of additional Orthoptic services including pre school screening, low vision clinics, and visual stress clinics.

Hear from the team about living in the region...

“Dumfries and Galloway is a stunning region with everything from the sea to hills, rivers and glens, and a wealth of wild life, all of which can be explored on foot via the many public paths, or by bike with our renowned cycle networks and quiet country roads.

There are many sporting opportunities and clubs, and a variety of arts venues and theatres, along with a strong connection to Rabbie Burns. We are also a university town, and have a good range of schools and amenities for children.

If you like eating out, there is a good selection of cafes and restaurants in our town centre as well as further afield.” Orthoptist

Physiotherapy

our team is made up of around 70 Physiotherapists.  We cover a wide geographical area working across acute, community and musculoskeletal, therefore have wide breadth of knowledge of local services and specialist groups.  As a service we assess, diagnose and treat conditions relating to human function and play a key role in enabling people to improve their health and wellbeing. 

Our Physiotherapists work across the region in the following areas/specialities: 

  • Amputees
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Care of the elderly
  • Community physiotherapy
  • Children’s Physio
  • Learning disabilities
  • Medical
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Paediatric physiotherapy
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Orthopaedic
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgical
  • Women’s health
  • Mental health – To find out more about our mental health service click here. 

You can find out more about our Physiotherapy service by clicking here

Why work with us...

Hear from the team...

“The region has beautiful and affordable house prices, located near fantastic schools which perform consistently in national ranks, making this the perfect place to raise a family”

Podiatry

Our team has clinics throughout the region from Langholm to Stranraer, a distance of over 105 miles!  We work as part of smaller teams based at different locations across the region. Services are provided in a range of environments from out patient clinics to home visits and cottage hospitals/acute settings to residential care homes.

Services provided:

  • High Risk Wound Care
  • Musculoskeletal Assessments and Insole Manufacture
  • General Podiatry
  • Nail Surgery

You can find more about our Podiatry service by clicking here

Why work here...

Hear from the team...

“I love being part of the Podiatry team! As a new graduate I have been well supported and given numerous learning opportunities. We have a close knit team which provides a good support network. No two days are the ever the same and every day you learn something new!”

“Our teams are supportive and will assist you in your growth as a practitioner. Everyone is friendly and encouraging and there is lots of opportunities”

Radiography

The Radiography team provides a 24/7 emergency service from 2 sites DGRI and GCH.  As a service we play a pivotal role in diagnosis and ongoing treatment monitoring for both In/out patients.

Our Radiographers have opportunity to work across the region in the following areas/specialties:

  • Mammography
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • MSK reporting
  • Intervention
  • CT Coronary Angiography
  • Obstetrics Ultrasound
  • Dental
  • General
  • CT
  • DEXA
  • Vascular intervention
  • Pacemaker insertion
Coming Soon...

Speech and Language Therapy

Our Speech and Language team provide services throughout Dumfries and Galloway to people across all age groups working with with babies, children, teenagers, adults, families and carers.

 Services offered are : 

  • Assessment
  • Advice
  • Individual or group therapy
  • Training
  • Assessment and access to communication equipment and resources

Adult Speech and Language
The speech and language therapy service for adults covers the whole beautiful region of Dumfries and Galloway with two acute bases: Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary and Galloway Community Hospital.

Although we cover a wide geographical area, specialist teams tend to be small and this is great for collaborative working and getting to know your colleagues in AHP, nursing and medical teams.

Variety is the spice of life and here we have it in abundance. Over the course of the week you can be travelling in the countryside between destinations, working within our modern new hospital or breaking for lunch in your own garden. As DGRI is a district general hospital we meet people experiencing difficulties due to a vast range of medical conditions and this really does mean no two days are the same.

We are able to offer our service in the acute settings, in community hospitals, out-patients, home visits including care homes and from our own homes using Attend Anywhere for virtual consultations.

Mental Health Speech and Language Service
To find out more about our mental health service click here.

Why work here...

Hear from the team...

“Moving to D&G was always a short term solution for me, getting a foot on the ladder as a band 5 when hospital jobs were hard to come by. I expected I might stay for 6 months, a year tops- and head back to Glasgow. I realised quite quickly that the team that you work with has a huge impact on the enjoyment of the job. I loved the team, the work life balance, the country living. The added bonus that we were only a 2 hour drive from 3 major cities. I couldn’t believe my luck. Who you work with matters. If you come to D&G, you’ll find a beating vibrant heart” 

“Since arriving on my first day you’ve been so welcoming, you’ve got a great team and it’s lovely to see how well you work together and help each other out”