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Thank You Event 2020: Project of the Year - Highly Commended

Every year we celebrate our amazing staff and their achievements at our pop-up ceremony. This year to keep everyone as safe as possible the event will be held virtually - Board members will pop into video meetings to surprise colleagues and present them with a trophy to celebrate as they are shining examples of our magnificent staff behaviours.

We will be posting all the winners as we reveal them so keep a look out on our website and social media channels. 

Project of the Year - Highly Commended

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The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team (CSRT) had been exploring new ways of working for a number of month’s pre-covid to deliver Activities of Daily Living (ADL) support to stroke patients on discharge from Hospital in order to maximise independence and rehabilitation progress. Pre-covid ADL care for stroke patients was provided by the Neighbourhood teams (NT) however the covid pandemic provided an opportunity for the service to put in place the ADL pilot project. This relieved pressure on the NT’s by CSRT providing the ADL care provision to stroke patients Monday to Friday.

The ADL pathway enabled the team to provide stroke specific rehabilitation within the normal care activities that a patient would need to do on a daily basis, such as washing, dressing, making meals and remembering medication. The patients had between one and three sessions a day. The ADL project staff provided physical, social and emotional support when the patients may have otherwise had limited contact with rehabilitation staff. For many, the ADL service was more than providing physical help; they provided safety, confidence and possibly the only visitor the patient had for many weeks. 

The team was nominated by Kiri Birch, Clinical Team Manager. Kiri said: 

“Due to nature of the covid pandemic the team had to react quickly to put in place systems and processes, develop Standard Operating Procedures to effectively transfer patients between NT’s and the CSRT out of hours and train up and induct redeployed staff from the Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team and Children’s Speech and Language Therapy teams. The service couldn’t have provided the level of care required without the support provided by the redeployed staff; they were flexible and learnt quickly in roles that were unfamiliar to them in very challenging times. They are an asset to our organisation. The lessons learnt from the project will inform and drive forward new ways of working in the future to ensure that Stroke patients are provided with the right care at the right time to meet their needs and maximise rehabilitation.” 

Jenny Allen, Director of Workforce, and Brodie Clark CBE, Chair, popped into their Microsoft Teams to tell them the good news.

Speaking on behalf of the team Kim Taylor, Head of Service (Operational) Community Neurology and Adult Speech and Language therapy services, said: “The team was delighted to receive an award today. They are always committed to delivering high quality patient care but the onset of Covid-19 saw them fast track a process to support stroke patients in a better way and relieve pressure on our Neighbourhood Team colleagues. There have been challenges and the team has had to adapt quickly in difficult circumstances to achieve all that they have. I’m proud of how they live the Trust’s values and I am sure they will go on to improve and refine the team’s offer even more. This is fantastic recognition for all their hard work so far.”

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