Jobs that complement nursing roles and help with the ongoing health needs of patients will be the subject of a national delivery plan from the Scottish government.
Occupations in fields such as physiotherapy and clinical psychology will be analysed as part of the allied health professionals review from public health minister Michael Matheson.
The plan, which is expected to be finalised in the spring following consultation later in the year, will look at what improvements can be made in terms of efficiency and productivity for issues such as waiting times.
He said the plan would help inform future planning in health and social care, including service redesign.
Mr Matheson said that people in allied health profession roles play a vital part in the rehabilitation and enablement of patients, helping them to return home from hospital faster and remain independent for longer.
He said such positions are becoming even more crucial for the future as life expectancy in Scotland increases.