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Physios scoop national AHP awards

14 April 2014 - 5:17pm

Three physiotherapists were among the winners of the 2014 Advancing Healthcare Awards, held on 11 April in London.


Award-winner Mhairi Brandon (centre) with AHPF chair Ann Green and NHS policy expert Roy Lilley. Photo: Chamberlain Dunn

The annual awards recognise the achievements of allied health professionals (AHPs) and health scientists across the UK.

Principal physiotherapist Mhairi Brandon and colleagues at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde won the AHP Federation award for integrated care delivery. Their project aims to make it easier for people to access foot rheumatology care.

The multidisciplinary one-stop clinic introduced at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 2009, together with improved diagnostic and assessment systems, meant that the patient journey fell from an average of 24 weeks to four. Capacity for new patients grew by 50 per cent, to over 2,000 patients a year. It is now being rolled out across the health board.

Commenting on the award, Dr Brandon said: ‘It is great for the team that this approach has been recognised as a way forward. It enables us to establish new clinics so that there is equity of service for all patients.’

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Left to right: AHP lead Hazel Winning, NHS Lothian's Sarah Paterson, award-winner Sally Wilkinson and Roy Lilley. Photo: Chamberlain Dunn

Physiotherapy advanced practitioner Sally Wilkinson and her team at NHS Lothian were recognised for their work in the early detection of babies with unstable hips. They received the Northern Ireland award for maximising resources for success, which was sponsored by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

Ms Wilkinson leads the neonatal hip screening service. Since she introduced a teaching package to help staff detect potentially difficult cases, the number of children requiring surgical correction has progressively fallen. Indeed, during the past two years no babies have presented.

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Therapy advisor for Wales, Alison Strode, award-winner Claire Brown (centre) and Roy Lilley. Photo: Chamberlain Dunn

Specialist women’s health physiotherapist Claire Brown and her colleague Myfanwy Champness, a deputy operations manager, also won an award. Based at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, they help women with pelvic organ prolapse to avoid surgery through a home-based self-management teaching programme that they developed (see Frontline, 10 October 2013).

They won the Welsh Government's Prevention is better than cure award for the project’s success in training 60 women, who would previously have required at least two follow-up appointments a year.

Commenting on the awards, CSP chief executive Karen Middleton said: ‘Being shortlisted for, and winning, any award is a fantastic recognition of hard work and achievement. It provides an excellent opportunity for the individuals and teams to showcase excellence and to raise their own visibility and that of the physiotherapy profession.

‘We do not celebrate success enough, in my opinion, and I would like to see more entrants and nominations for national and international awards – success breeds success!’

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