The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy and Hand Therapy Team at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been nominated for the Future NHS Award at the NHS Parliamentary Awards.
Dr Ben Spencer, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, has nominated the team for their innovative approach to delivering treatment in the community and providing improved care options for residents.
The team have been recognised for their video consultations pilot and planning for digital classes before Covid-19, which meant they were able to continue providing treatment and training programmes throughout the pandemic, and offer their support to colleagues throughout the Trust during this time.
They have also been acknowledged for their relocation of some outpatient physiotherapy sessions from St Peter’s Hospital to River Bourne Health Club. The move took place in July 2019 and meant the team was able to provide better facilities and equipment for patients. One of the aims of this move was that it would encourage patients to continue to be active after their treatment has ended.
Submitting the nomination, Dr Ben Spencer MP said:
“I am delighted to submit this nomination for the NHS Parliamentary Awards. The innovative approach taken by the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Hand Therapy Teams has not only provided improved care options for local residents despite Covid restrictions, but it also has the ability to bring real improvements to treatment and support across the NHS.
Now gyms have reopened I have seen first-hand the support they are offering, and the difference it has made to patients. The team deserve our thanks and recognition for their exceptional work in this field.”
Leon Palmer-Wilson, Acting Clinical Co-Lead for MSK Physiotherapy at the Trust, said:
“Despite the demands of COVID-19, the teams operated at full capacity and supported colleagues throughout the Trust, offering 1500 new monthly appointments. Their virtual physiotherapy skills were utilised through treating patients from community stroke and orthopaedic teams, whose care was affected by the reduction of services during lockdown. With supporting vulnerable and elderly patients remotely a clear priority, the teams also liaised with families to assist with their technological needs and introduced new virtual classes specifically for patients at risk of general deconditioning due to shielding.
Patients and staff have acknowledged the benefits of virtual working, which include: no travel; no parking costs; decreased risk of exposure to COVID-19; shorter waiting times; environmentally friendly. Now restrictions are being lifted, the service is returning to River Bourne with new hybrid classes. Embracing technology, following successful virtual classes provided during lockdown, patients can now select the class format, face-to-face or virtual, to suit their personal needs and preference.”
The Future NHS Award is one of the 10 categories at the NHS Parliamentary Awards. The awards recognise those working for and with the NHS, who go above and beyond to make the NHS a better service. MPs can nominate one individual or team for each of the categories.
The winners will be presented with their awards in Parliament on 7 July 2021.
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