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Physio teams scoop national awards

Two physiotherapy teams were declared winners in their categories at the Care Integration Awards, held in London last month.

The Stroke Therapy Team at the North Devon District Hospital came top in the stroke category and NHS Trafford and Angel and Bowden: Community MSK Pain Management team triumphed in the Musculoskeletal Care category.

The Health Service Journal award recognises quality in patient care and innovative service delivery. In total there were 208 finalists from 146 organisations.

The North Devon team was recognised for its early supported discharge package, which provides intensive rehabilitation in patient’s homes, and its 12-week exercise and self-management ‘Vista’ programme.

This has resulted in trust patients seeing a 28 per cent increase in walking speed after 12 weeks and a 24 per cent improvement in overall physical wellbeing.

The new pathway has also reduced the overall length of hospital stay by six days, leading to a major reduction in overall costs.

Meanwhile, a project for patients with unresolved pain symptoms developed by  rehabilitation providers Angel and Bowden for the former NHS Trafford PCT (now Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group) clinched the MSK care category award.

The three-stage integrated pathway for MSK care was developed for patients who are unable to comply with a standard physiotherapy regime.

It encompasses physio assessment and group-based education and exercise with digitally delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions.

The project has made a saving of around £6,500 from first attendances alone.

Physiotherapist Louise Rogerson, who originally commissioned the package for NHS Trafford, said: ‘I saw a gap in service provision.

We didn’t have a combination of physiotherapy and CBT in primary care, so we would have to refer people on to the hospital which would take a long time.

We wanted an early management service that would stop people from becoming chronic pain patients.’

Ms Rogerson is now director of service development at Intelesant, for which Angel and Bowden are a subsidiary company.

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