Physios shine at national awards event

Three physiotherapy-led teams triumphed at the UK Advancing Healthcare Awards for Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Scientists 2012.

Specialist physiotherapist Nova Mullin and audiologist Tony Kay (pictured right), both from Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, came top in  the ‘Rethinking the patient care pathway’ category for their ear, nose and throat service redesign.

The judges were impressed by how the duo had extended their roles to run one-stop clinics for people with tinnitus and balance disorders, backed up by patient support groups.

Their work has resulted in speedier assessment and treatment – saving resources for the hospital and giving patients a better service.

Specialist physiotherapist Amanda Stears, clinical lead for the East and Midlothian pulmonary rehabilitation service, telehealth service development manager Christine McClusky and exercise specialist Carol Maguire picked up the award in the ‘Improving quality: measuring and demonstrating impact’ category.

The team was recognised for expanding the role of telehealth in the service.

The judges liked how the team showed the benefits, including the financial ones, of telehealth in the patient-focused approach.

Falls lead practitioner and physio Heather Hall and sheltered housing manager Vera Kidd, both from Ayrshire and Arran NHS, won in the ‘Achieving excellence in learning and development’ category.

They were commended for developing the ‘Positive steps’ falls self-management learning resource, which featured in a Frontline article titled ‘A passion for preventing falls’ earlier this year (7 March, pages 24 to 27).

The judges said the project was simple, effective and represented cross-partnership at its best.

Ann Green, vice president of the CSP, welcomed the opportunity to celebrate successful collaborations between allied health professionals.

‘I was delighted that three out of the nine categories were won by physiotherapists,’ said Ms Green.

‘This event introduces successful partnerships that you perhaps haven’t considered before, and we’ve seen some really innovative and exciting collaboration today, for instance physiotherapists working with audiologists.

‘I hope this will inspire more people to go and work with AHPs that they don’t traditionally work with.’

See news section for a full list of the runners-up.

Robert Millett

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