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Northern Ireland health awards praise Western health care and social trust’s MSK project

31 October 2014 - 4:32pm

A two-year project to streamline a trust’s musculoskeletal physiotherapy pathway has earned praise at the inaugural Northern Ireland Advancing Healthcare Awards.

Vicki Quinn and Seamus Doherty

Vicki Quinn and Seamus Doherty

Health minister Jim Wells presented the awards, which recognise the work of allied health professionals, at a ceremony on 23 October.

More than 100 nominees submitted projects in six categories for judging.

Western health care and social trust’s MSK pathway project was named a runner up in the award for maximising resources using evidence-based practice, sponsored by Leckey.

Mr Wells praised AHPs for the significant contribution they made to the lives of people in Northern Ireland.

'The finalists are excellent examples of the positive impact their practice has in improving outcomes for patients, clients and carers,’ Mr Wells said.

'There is no doubt that we are experiencing very difficult times within the health service and we all have a responsibility to continue to deliver high standards of service within restricted budgets.'

Western health care and social trust physiotherapist Vicki Quinn told Frontline that commissioners had asked the trust to find ways to reduce demand on secondary care elective orthopaedic services.

Ms Quinn said head of physiotherapy services Seamus Doherty led a working group – which included a patient representative - that found opportunities to reduce duplication and cut waiting times.

'Patients were being referred to different parts of the service at the same time for the one problem,' Ms Quinn said.

'We were finding people were attending secondary care services who did not want, or need, to be treated there.'

The new MSK pathway includes a single point of contact to process all referrals.

'Now we’re getting the patient to the right person the first time,' she said.

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