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Lanarkshire Project Wins Award


A Lanarkshire project which set up an allied health profession-led specialist multidisciplinary team to provide brain rehabilitation services in the community has won a major healthcare award.

One of the judges who awarded the national prize to the brain injury team said it ‘recognised what physiotherapists are good at – improving the quality of patient experience’.

Former CSP chair Grahame Pope, head of physiotherapy education at the University of Nottingham, was speaking about an award that recognised the redesign of NHS Lanarkshire’s brain injury services.

The Scottish government-sponsored award was part of the UK-wide Advancing Healthcare Awards 2015, which Mr Pope described as ‘vital to showcasing the difference we can make’.

Specialist physiotherapist Karen Leslie was part of the winning team, which picked up their award at a ceremony held in London on 17 April.

The team aims to build local resources and expertise and reduce dependence on national centres.

According to NHS Lanarkshire, the service is now in its third year and clinical and financial performance outcomes have exceeded expectations.

Mr Pope said the award required clear evidence about the impact of the changes: ‘This demonstration of impact is so vital in the environment in which we work today.

‘All the finalists for this award included physiotherapists who excelled at making the point that what they had done made things better – better for patients, for their families and carers, but also better for the trusts they work for.’

Finalists in the same category included Jan Lawrence, orthopaedic physiotherapy practitioner at Powys Teaching Health Board and Sara Gawned, principal physiotherapist at St George's University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Commenting on her award Ms Leslie said, said it was a ‘really good achievement’ for the team and encouraged other physios to apply for such awards. However, she added that ‘the physiotherapy profession was not particularly well represented at the awards, especially among the winners’.