A physio is to spend six weeks in Japan and the US to help her draw up Scotland-wide guidelines on rehabilitating patients after hip and knee replacements.
Senga Cree, national MSK lead for NHS Scotland
Senga Cree, national musculoskeletal (MSK) programme lead for NHS Scotland, will travel to Japan in June, and the US in October, to study cutting edge work on prehabilitation, rehabilitation, and post-surgical activity in hip and knee MSK surgery.
Ms Cree, based in Prestwick, Ayrshire, was one of more than 1,000 applicants to apply for a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travelling fellowship. She will visit clinicians, policymakers, academic institutes and professional bodies that lead the world in arthroplasty rehab.
During her three years in her current post, Ms Cree has introduced new clinical pathways, and developed access to MSK physiotherapy, including more widespread self-referral. While overseas she hopes to learn how to boost post-surgical activity, as evidence shows patients in Scotland who have had hip and knee replacements are experiencing less pain than previously but not increasing their level of physical activity.
The Churchill travelling fellowships fund Britons from many walks of life to travel abroad and bring their learning back home to the UK.
Ms Cree plans to blog and tweet during her trips abroad, as well as detailing her findings at a conferences in Scotland and elsewhere the UK.
‘One of the things they were looking for was that we had to disseminate our findings widely on our return,’ she said.
‘I’m also hoping to benefit from the UK-wide leadership networks that I will have access to as part of the fellowship, which include innovators from areas other than physiotherapy like the arts, education and science.’
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