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Paediatric physios highly commended at HSJ Awards

4 January 2012 - 11:25am

Two paediatric physios were highly commended at the 2011 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards for their work to improve the pathway to adult services for youngsters with physical disabilities.

Kathie Drinan and Julie Hykin work as case managers for the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust health transition team, along with paediatric nurse Carrie James.

The team were nominated as finalists in the ‘Enhancing quality and efficiency for children and young people' category of the HSJ Awards and told Frontline they were overwhelmed to be highly commended.

‘Enthusiasm and dedication’

The judging panel commented on the team’s enthusiasm and dedication to quality engagement with young people.

‘We feel the close working partnership with our service users is the key to our success,’ said Kathie Drinan, health transition case manager.

‘We have an amazingly supportive manager, Suzanne Rimmer, who is also a former physiotherapist, so she understood the issues the young people were facing.

‘This helped us along the way but the team became very used to hitting brick walls with other services and partner agencies, retreating, then finding another way around, and never giving up,’ Ms Drinan said.

Empowering young people

The health transition team aim to empower young people (14–25 years) with physical impairments to take control of their long-term health conditions and to engage with adult preventative health services when appropriate.

A corresponding website provides information and the team run workshops that enable youngsters to meet inspirational role models and develop their own networks of support.

For more information, contact kathie.drinan@walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk

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