Dan receives recognition for helping others

A technical instructor at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) has scooped a national award for helping to improve the lives of people living with life limiting conditions.

Twenty-six year-old Dan Clay described winning an award at the ‘Advancing Healthcare Awards 2018’ in front of more than 300 people as a “surreal experience” as he looks to further his development within healthcare.

“I’d never thought I’d win it. I just went for the experience really,” he said.

“After my colleague submitted my application I was then shortlisted to the final three out of 800 applicants all across the NHS. I then presented my topic of ‘putting life back into days for those living with a life-limiting condition’ to the judges at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

“I worked in conjunction with the Macmillan therapy team and am currently completing my foundation degree at North Lindsay College. Hopefully that leads to further job opportunities within the Trust and help continue my passion for rehabilitation!”

At NLaG, the demand for therapy provision from the Macmillan therapy team was increasing yet the capacity to support patients in a safe, responsive way was diminishing.

Dan goes in to the community to offer practical support to help people overcome problems in carrying out day-to-day activities (occupations) of their lives as illness, injury, disability or ageing can make ordinary tasks harder to do.

This includes daily care (washing, dressing, eating), work or education and leisure. The team help people – of all ages and situations with a range of conditions – find ways to continue with activities that are important to them. This might involve learning new ways to do things or adapt the immediate environment to make things easier.

Dan shares a keen interest and passion for rehabilitation and was concerned about patients not receiving the quality of care they deserved, approached the team. He then suggested working collaboratively with the team one day a week alongside his existing role in the wider community services.

He believed that this would not only increase delivery of rehabilitation to patients but he would also be able to share his experiences with other staff across the integrated community services to develop their skills and confidence in this specialist area.

As a result, Dan enabled patients to receive an increase in rehabilitative intervention across seven days. This initiative has not only improved the efficiency of care delivery, the patients and their families have fed back how they feel improvements have been made to their quality of life due to the increased frequency of provision.

NLaG – represented by Macmillan’s occupational therapist Sarah Hodge and physiotherapist Lucy Ayris – were also runners up in the category of ‘Macmillan award for leadership and innovation in cancer rehabilitation.’

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