The CAHPO 2018 Awards: categories and winners

NICE into Action 2018

Winner: Laura McNeillie, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Victoria Infirmary

The initiative: Developing a new pulmonary rehabilitation program tailored for interstitial lung disease with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Interstitial Lung Disease service

Laura developed a new innovative pulmonary rehabilitation service tailored specifically for Interstitial Lung Disease as per NICE guideline recommendations (CG163).  Critically appraising the Trust’s previous pulmonary rehabilitation service for this group of patients allowed for the design of a brand new service that is transferable to other Interstitial Lung Disease centres by demonstrating clinical effectiveness.

AHP Leader 2018

Winner: Chloe Adams, Birmingham Community Nutrition part of the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The initiative: Dietitian Led Community Gastroenterology Service

Chloe’s initiative aimed to improve clinical effectiveness and standardise care of those living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other functional gut disorders in Birmingham.  During this 18 month secondment, Chloe set out to demonstrate the clinical effectiveness and worth of the Low FODMAP Diet service.  A service evaluation was carried out on completion that highlighted the service’s excellent clinical effectiveness including improved symptom control and quality of life for the patient, and the potential for financial savings for local clinical commissioning through reducing expenditure on pharmacology.

AHP Support Worker 2018

Winners: Alison Marshall and Cathy Young, Redwoods Centre, part of the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The initiative: A Reading for Wellbeing therapy group to improve patient outcomes, promote service change, expand skills and support safe discharge

Alison and Cathy increased access to evidence based Occupational Therapy interventions to support the whole multidisciplinary team and to provide assurance to the Ministry of Justice on the recommendation of  safe discharge for low secure inpatients.  The intervention was delivered by AHP assistant practitioners, and enabled patients to develop the skills to participate meaningfully in groups by listening to peers and experiencing conflicting views from peers thereby contributing to their safe discharge.  Alison and Cathy were able to improve the quality of all the groups in the 10 week programme by their adherence to the Vona Du Toit Model of Creative Ability.

AHP Digital Practice 2018

Winner: Marianne Williams, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The initiative: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Pathway – Adding dietetic-led patient-focused webinars to the IBS pathway in order to further improve IBS self-management in Somerset

Marianne’s webinars aimed to simplify access for patients to specialist IBS healthcare advice by providing education directly to the patient at a time and location of their choice.  As no GP referral was necessary, GPs’ workload for both appointments and administration was reduced, whilst also supplying GPs with an alternative to secondary care referral.  Over 80% of patients noted improved confidence in managing their IBS post webinar.

AHP Quality Improvement 2018

Winner: Marc Berry, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The initiative: Early Doors – Can Emergency Care Therapies Help to Prevent Avoidable Admissions in the Emergency Department?

Marc’s initiative aimed to eliminate avoidable non-medical admissions to inpatient base ward beds in patients over 65 years presenting to the emergency department at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital by September 2017.  Through the use of a multi-disciplinary team approach to identify issues in the emergency department as regards therapy services and non-medical admissions, a series of plan, do, study, act (PDSA) cycles of change ideas were developed and implemented.

AHP Overall Winner 2018

Winner: Marianne Williams, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust