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Physio's pioneering work wins new award

A physiotherapist’s ‘pioneering’ work on orthopaedic trauma wards has changed the face of care in her hospital and made her a national role model, according to awards competition judges.

Katrina Kennedy, an orthopaedic physiotherapy clinical specialist at Poole hospital trust, won the chief health professions officer’s  Award for Leadership (England), the first of its kind.

She said news of the accolade came as a ‘complete and utter shock’.

Katrina Kennedy created an orthopaedic practitioner role, using experience gained in fracture clinics to support junior doctors on the wards.

She said: ‘I think setting up this role is unique given that it is with trauma orthopaedics, rather than elective surgery.’

She undertakes daily ward rounds, coordinates care, provides consultation and implements a teaching programme for doctors.

Judges of the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2010 said the role had helped to ‘break down barriers’ and improve patient care, saving 307 bed days through timely reviews, accelerating discharge plans and implementing new guidelines.

Karen Middleton, chief health professions officer at the Department of Health, said: ‘The judges and I were impressed by the transformation that Katrina’s leadership has delivered, but also by her personal style, her passion for quality and her humility in what she had achieved’.

Natalie Beswetherick, CSP director of practice and development, said: ‘We are delighted that Katrina’s innovative practice and clear leadership has been recognised with this prestigious award. ‘

The award includes money to help fund personal and professional development. 

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