Staff at a north-east health board are being recognised as part of a national awareness day.
Allied health professionals were to be put in the spotlight for the first time today.
The workers provide treatment and help to rehabilitate adults and children who are ill, have disabilities or special needs, allowing them to live their lives as fully as possible.
There is a total of 14 different allied health professions within NHS Grampian, which will be championed as part of the event.
Susan Carr, director of allied health professions for NHS Grampian, said: “There are longstanding events to mark the contributions of nurses and of midwives.
“Individual branches of AHPs have also held events, usually organised by their professional bodies.
“However, until now, there has been no unified event to celebrate AHPs.
“Since multi-disciplinary team working is vital to the roles they play, I am delighted that, in this NHS 70th anniversary year, there will finally be an AHP Day.”
They work in departments such as radiography, speech and language therapy, podiatry, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.
The day is designed to provide recognition to those who may not always be celebrated in the rush to congratulate other clinical teams.
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Many professionals in the sector help to give faster diagnostics, and some can also independently prescribe treatments.
Rachel Little, employee director for NHS Grampian and a Health and Care Professions Council-registered podiatrist, said: “A national day, celebrating the work of all AHPs, is an incredibly welcome development.
“I know how hard my colleagues work to provide the best of care for their patients and they richly deserve this recognition.”
Those who work with children and young people provide support for their development, which can give a big boost to the patient and ensure that their independence is maximised.
The idea behind the day came from a Twitter conversation between two AHPs working for Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Carrie Biddle and Rachael Brandeth, earlier this year.
Since then, health boards and universities across the UK have given their support to the idea, and will be marking the occasion today.