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Active Lives 

Active Lives is an accessible and engaging free website which supports older adults (65+) to increase physical activity. It provides personalised support tailored to people’s abilities and is especially designed for those with long-term health conditions. Active Lives was developed with over 60 older adults and clinicians and our recent RCT (N=360) showed that by 12 months, it increased both moderate activity (173 mins more than usual care group per week) and strength and balance exercises (54 mins more than usual care per week). The National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration Wessex are rolling this out for clinicians and patients. 

Equity not equality

‘Unjust’ health inequalities can result in up to 50 per cent more cases of chronic pain conditions in some areas of England – this was just one of the striking statistics discussed in a webinar organised by Connect Health. A panel highlighted the extent of inequalities – for 61 per cent of people, health information is too complex for them to understand, resulting in a barrier to healthcare from the outset and further exacerbating service gaps.

Long Covid rehab

A recording of a recent webinar on safe rehabilitation for people with Long Covid - Safe Rehab for people living with Long COVID – a webinar. Designed for clinicians with little to no experience of working in specialist Long Covid services, it is available to view online.

Rehabilitation and choice feature in new QS

NICE has published a quality standard covering care for adults before, during and after primary elective hip, knee or shoulder joint replacement. The standard sets out advice on pre and postoperative rehabilitation, the use of tranexamic acid during surgery to minimise blood loss, and giving adults a choice on partial or total replacement. The standard draws on a number of NICE guidelines, including joint replacement (primary): hip, knee and shoulder. NICE guideline NG157 and NICE’s guidance on lifestyle and wellbeing.

Burns action cards

ICU physiotherapy action cards have been developed by the South West Burns Therapists and peer reviewed by the National Burns Therapies Specialist Interest Group. 

The cards are designed to support the Burns Annex of the National Con Ops for the Management of Mass Casualties, by equipping local general ICU therapists to undertake rehabilitation as soon as possible should burn injured patients be required to stay in an ICU near an incident until a suitable burns bed can be found in a specialist services. They are stored on the South West Burns Network website.

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