Rehab proves a winner

Physiotherapists have won an award for a rehabilitation service designed for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

The Wyre pulmonary rehabilitation programme triumphed in the COPD category in an annual awards scheme run by the journal Guidelines in Practice. Programme coordinator Sheila Dryden and physio assistant Jo Smith received a £3,000 cheque in a ceremony at the Cafe Royal in London. The programme of exercise and education sessions, based on British Thoracic Society guidelines, was set up by Wyre primary care trust in 2001 in rural and urban Lancashire. The initiative offers a combination of activities to support patients and encourage self-management, including a 'breathe easy' club and a monthly social group. Ms Dryden said: 'It was great to receive recognition for a unique service for patients with COPD in the Wyre area and be among those trying to innovate and promote the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation in the community.' Some of the prize money would be used to buy a spirometer to test lung function, Ms Dryden added. Frontline profiled the scheme in a special public health supplement in February 2005. 

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