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Physios win Dragons’ Den funding

14 April 2015 - 11:43am

Physiotherapists have beaten off competition at a Dragons’ Den style event to win money to improve their service.


Physio team winners from left: Simone Watts, Cath McLoughlin, Eleanor Douglas and Rebecca Elliott

They made a business case to employ two band 4 therapy support workers at the City Hospital site of Nottingham University Hospitals trust. The aim is to promote early rehabilitation for patients who have had critical care.

After the initial 20 bids from various clinical teams were whittled down to a shortlist of six, the physios put their bid, costing  £62,000, to a panel of senior managers and local GPs. They said they needed a MOTOmed movement trainer to use early on in patients’ recovery programmes.

Eleanor Douglas, a lecturer/practitioner physiotherapist, led the bid. She said the funding would help colleagues meet National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Intensive Care Society rehab guidelines, as well as improving joint working between physios and occupational therapists.

‘This will allow us to follow patients on to the ward to help close what was a bit of a gap, and not just have a verbal handover,’ she told Frontline.

The team’s goals are to cut hospital stays of more than 10 days by one day, and stays of more than 30 days by four.

Funds have been provided for one year but the team hopes the initiative will be extended once the evidence has been reviewed.

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