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The council's mission is to develop AHP research, strengthen evidence of the professions’ value and impact for enhancing service user and community care, and enable the professions to speak with one voice on research issues, thereby raising their profile and increasing their influence.

File 131163AHP professors met at the inaugural CAHPR meeting on 8 July 2014

CAHPR is supported by 13 AHP organisations, listed below. The council comprises a strategy committee, a professoriate and a UK-wide regional hub network.

With excellent opportunities for learning, sharing, networking, collaborations and access to advice and support, CAHPR strengthens the professions’ research activities and outputs facilitating the translation of research findings into practice and education.

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Find out about CAHPR's achievements in 2016 in the annual report here.


CAHPR Member Organisations

  • British and Irish Orthoptic Society
  • College of Paramedics
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • Society and College of Radiographers
  • The College of Podiatry
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • The British Dietetic Association
  • The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists
  • British Association of Art Therapists
  • The British Association for Music Therapy
  • The British Association of Dramatherapists
  • Institute of Osteopathy 


The council was created by bringing together the Research Forum for Allied Health Professionals (RFAHP) and the Allied Health Professions Research Network (AHPRN).

Research Forum for Allied Health Professionals (2000)

The RFAHP was established in November 2000, supported by the AHP federation, as a UK-wide organisation with representatives from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The overall vision of the RFAHP was to ensure that 'all AHP practice will be knowledge and evidence-based within a respected culture of high quality research’.

Allied Health Professions Research Network (2004)

The Allied Health Professions Research Network was created in response to interest from other professions in the National Physiotherapy Research Network (NPRN), a network which was created in 2004, through the collaboration of 4 Universities and the CSP.

Its vision was to create a network of nationwide hubs with expertise in facilitating research. In 2011 the NPRN was expanded to become inclusive of all AHPs with the revised aim to increase research capability and capacity within and between professions and thus became the AHPRN. In 2013 it had built up a network of 21 UK wide regional hubs.

Now, the AHPRN has come together with the Research Forum for Allied Health Professionals to create the Council for Allied Health Professions.


Last reviewed

3 March 2017
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