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Pioneering physio wins national leadership award

23 March 2010 - 2:35pm

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, say awards competition judges.

Katrina receives her award from Greg Dyke, patron of the National Leadership Council and Karen Middleton (right) - Photo by John Behets

Katrina Kennedy, an orthopaedic physiotherapy clinical specialist at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation 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.'

Orthopaedic practitioner role 'unique'

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 quite unique given that it is with trauma orthopaedics, rather than elective surgery'.

Among other duties, she undertakes daily ward rounds, co-ordinates care, provides consultation and implements a teaching programme for doctors.

Katrina's leadership delivers transformation

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 measures such as 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.'

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

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