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Hip fracture team recognised at patient experience awards

7 April 2015 - 12:30pm

Physiotherapists were part of a team recognised for an innovative service that helps get hip fracture patients home faster.

Hip fracture team recognised at patient experience awards

The team from Wirral University teaching hospital includes senior physiotherapists Hannah Shaw, first from right, and Nathalie Bradford, second from right

The multidisciplinary team from Wirral University teaching hospital NHS trust were runners up in the annual Patient Experience Network national awards in Birmingham on 11 March.

Senior physiotherapists Nathalie Bradford and Hannah Shaw are part of the hospital’s early supported discharge service, which was nominated in the Bringing patient care closer to home category of the awards.

The service started in September last year and has already produced impressive results. According to data collected by the trust it has reduced the average length of stay for patients with a fractured neck or femur from 22.9 days to 8.8 days.

Ms Bradford said: ‘Our focus is simple. Patients are at the heart of their own treatment and they actively participate in rehabilitation in their own environment.

‘This results in a quicker recovery and impacts on their wellbeing and mood. In fact our patient feedback about the service has been 100 per cent positive since its launch.’

Ms Shaw added that the service makes use of the latest technology to support patients at home. This includes conducting weekly telemedicine clinics via Skype.

‘This has proved to be really popular with our patients as they feel supported by the wider multidisciplinary team, and they are able to get home much sooner than they would have normally,’ she said.

As well as physiotherapists the team includes includes two occupational therapists and two therapy assistants.

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