North West

Exploring hospital and physiotherapy length of stay following thoracic surgery

The number of thoracic surgical procedures performed in the United Kingdom continues to increase annually putting pressure on thoracic surgical bed capacity. Reducing hospital length of stay (LOS) following thoracic surgery can help to reduce pressure on hospital beds. The purpose of this service evaluation is to explore hospital and physiotherapy LOS for individuals following thoracic surgery at our hospital and identify whether any factors influence hospital and Physiotherapy LOS. The findings could potentially allow the identification of individuals at risk of longer LOS and help direct physiotherapy rehabilitation provision to these individuals.

Implementation of a new goal-planning process in an intermediate neuro-rehabilitation unit

It was recognised that this neuro-rehabilitation unit had a long length of stay for patients. This summary demonstrates how a new goal planning process was implemented on the unit. The aims of this new process were to reduce length of stay to the national average of 80 days, reduce the waiting list to 1 week, to consistently achieve greater than 70% patient and family/carer satisfaction and to ensure no adverse impact on the FIM/FAM outcome measure as a result of implementing the new process.

Developing an evidence-based Making Every Contact Count (MECC) model of practice

Population health and prevention is a major priority of the recently formed Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and is an area in which physiotherapists can make a positive contribution. The Physiotherapy MSK services within the Bury Care Organisation, have successfully developed a MECC model of practice into their service pathways. This quality improvement, uses evidence based behaviour change principles to support patients in making positive lifestyle changes which can impact on their physical and mental health and wellbeing. It also aims to support Trust staff to become more active and promotes health and wellbeing within the wider communities.

Hydrotherapy - supporting neurological communities to live well

Following the building of a local state of the art hydrotherapy facility a local umbrella charity Bolton Neuro Voices approached SP Therapy Services to design and deliver a 5 week hydrotherapy programme to persons living with a neurological conditions in Bolton and the surrounding area.

The brief was to be safe, inclusive and effective and to be within a specific budgetary and time constraints of a specified charity bursary. In addition we needed to provide sufficient evidence to enable future applications for bursary funding.

Prehabilitation service for cancer patients undergoing major abdominal surgery

Prehabilitation has been shown in clinical trials to improve fitness, improve quality of life, reduce complications, reduce hospital length of stay and improve recovery. It is not currently standard of care in routine clinical practice. This prospective observational study reports the outcomes of a newly introduced prehabilitation service for patients undergoing major abdominal surgery for cancer.

Rheumatology Triage and Assessment by Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapists

In May 2016 rheumatology referrals were outstripping service capacity, leading to increasing waiting times for new patients. Following a review of new patient referrals the team identified that a significant proportion of referrals, though being appropriately referred to rheumatology, were for non-inflammatory conditions. Recognising the changing landscape of the NHS and the emphasis to look at different ways of working we put forward a proposal to pilot a rheumatology advanced practitioner physiotherapist (APP) with the following aims: -

  • Improve the triage process
  • Streamline the pathway for new patients with non-inflammatory conditions
  • Reduce waiting times

The Network Spinal Cord Compression Service

The incidence of cancer is increasing; people are living longer with better quality of life, however, the risk of developing MSCC remains high for many patients. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential to prevent paralysis and failure to recognise the early signs can have devastating implications with the added financial burden of caring for bedbound patients.

All front-line clinicians have a vital role to play in referring suspected MSCC patients into the MSCC service in a timely manner. This includes physiotherapists working in most settings, e.g. MSK, A&E, walk-in centres, community and private sector.

Class format to improve the management of total knee replacement in an out-patient setting

Historically patients at North Manchester General Hospital received traditional 1:1 Physiotherapy treatments post total knee replacement (TKR). Literature suggests a class environment can be more cost effective and yield improved results. Therefore a TKR class was set up in 2015. This summary highlights the findings from the first year demonstrating clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and cost-effectiveness.

Audit of a dedicated scaphoid pathway

To evaluate the implementation of a service redesign for patients with suspected scaphoid fractures. A scaphoid fracture is a diagnostic and radiographic challenge for clinicians with heterogeneity of assessment and treatment nationally. We propose an advanced physiotherapy led model that reduces both direct and indirect costs to the patient, trust and NHS that is shown to be safe and effective.

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