HomeLink Healthcare have been shortlisted for a Chief Allied Health Professionals Officers (CAHPO) award for their work in partnership with Lewisham Adult Therapy Team (LATT). The service saw the waiting list of 203 reduce by 85 percent to 30 in an 18 week period. Not only that, 69 percent of patients were seen within three days and improved patient outcomes were seen across the board.
In October 2021 Allied Health Professional (AHP) Leads from the South East London joined forces with AHP Leads from HomeLink Healthcare to provide a collaborative approach to addressing the increasing demands on the community physiotherapy service for patients residing in the South East London regions of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.
The AHP Team drove innovation and change in the creation and implementation of a new pathway that addresses both the NHSE/I Long Term Plan and commitments to AHPs into Action. The results were increased physiotherapy capacity in the community; improved patient flow; and better patient outcomes and experience.
The challenges identified by the AHP Team were as follows:
A set of SMART aims for the pathway were co-created to improve patient flow and physiotherapy capacity for patients living in the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham localities.
How did we do this?
Adeola Telesford, Highly Specialist Rehabilitation Occupational Therapist from Enabling Services, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust commented:
“I am truly pleased with the professional relationship/rapport we have built because it has enhanced our regular verbal and written feedback on cases.
I am particularly pleased by the fact your service has been able to visit patients in a timely manner (within 24-48hours of receiving the referral) and to carry out pre-planned joint visits with me. Timely intervention, which I have found with a number of cases, made a significant positive impact on the SMART goals that were set for each patient.
It was refreshing if not amazing to see how the combined intervention of PT and OT input complimented each other. Your service input proves the validity in having PT and OT working alongside each other in a service of this nature when working towards a time frame of maximum 6 week interventions. I look forward to continued working with you”.
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