Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for not one but two awards at the upcoming Advancing health awards 2018.
Working in the community, it is our mission to go out in to the local area and provide a better quality of care for patients who may be living with life-limiting conditions. We assist them in their rehabilitation and help achieve everyday tasks such as climbing the stairs.
This then allows patients with more complex needs to be treated by our highly skilled and compassionate multi-disciplinary team, who, consequently, have been able to develop the first project of its kind in the region, specifically geared towards oncology and palliative care.
Macmillan occupational therapist Sarah Hodge explained, “Lucy Ayris, Macmillan physiotherapist, and I have been shortlisted in the category of ‘Macmillan award for leadership and innovation in cancer rehabilitation.’
“We’ve come a long way in a short space of time with limited resources to deliver all important specialist palliative care within the multi-disciplinary team.
“We are significantly helped by the invaluable Dan Clay, therapy assistant, who has been shortlisted in ‘NHS Employers award for outstanding achievement by an apprentice, support worker or technician working alongside an AHP or healthcare scientist’ for his work in putting life back in to days for those living with a life-limiting condition.”
The trio had to press their cases for silverware to a panel of judges, representing the Royal college of Occupational Therapists, in London and will find out how successful they have been on April 20.
Sarah continued, “We have never rested on laurels and have proactively developed our service, while staying true to therapy routes.
“It was a real privilege and an honour to go to and raise the profile of the trust and allied health professionals.
“We deliver rehab to patients at all phases of the pathway, deliver education nationwide, attend regular conferences and work with Macmillan with the aim of being even more innovative with our rehab.”
The awards – now in their 12th year – aim to recognise and reward projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives in the healthcare science and allied health professions.