Experts win award for injection skills

Two physios have been awarded prizes after taking a course in injection therapy that allows them to treat spasticity and dystonia more effectively.

Katherine Stone, consultant physio with Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT, and Jenny Smith, senior physio at South Gloucestershire Community Children’s Physiotherapy Service, were handed the Allergan Student Prize for their work on Plymouth University’s module on injection therapy for health professionals (botulinum toxin).

The course is one of only two in the country.

It allows physios to provide a complete package of care for their patients, whereas previously a doctor would have had to carry out the injection procedure.

Amanda Austin, programme lead in neurological rehabilitation at Plymouth University, said: ‘The use of allied health professionals to provide this extended scope clinical skill has the potential to have a significant impact in terms of cost effectiveness as well improving the patient experience.

‘This is because AHPs can provide a one-stop shop where patients can have the injections and be given exercises at the same time, reducing waiting time and number of appointments, so improving the patient experience.’

The two students were awarded their prize at a meeting of a new network support group that has been founded by the first cohort of students to complete the course.

Graham Clews

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