North Manchester General celebrates Allied Health Professionals Day – 15 Oct

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North Manchester General celebrates Allied Health Professionals Day – 15 Oct
09 October 2018

“My Physiotherapist, was brilliant,” says patient Michael Thorpe

NHS staff who work as Allied Health Professionals at North Manchester General Hospital will be celebrating the first ever National Allied Health Professionals Day on 15 October.

National AHPs Day will celebrate the high-quality contribution to health and social care of health professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, speech and language therapists, dieticians and radiologists.

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust now works closely with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust as part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), which employs 1,164 AHPs at its hospitals in Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester.

On the day AHP staff from North Manchester General will be displaying a range of posters and boards for other staff showing integrated working, AHPs in numbers, and the role of occupational therapy with HIV/AIDS patients.

There will also be an employee hoist demonstration, moving and handling sessions for staff, a meet and greet with the different teams, and the speech therapists and dieticians will be demonstrating the use of supplements to colleagues. There will also be foot care advice from the podiatrists and free pilates sessions for staff.

Alison Ahamed, Operational and Professional Physiotherapy lead at North Manchester General Hospital said:

“AHP day is an excellent opportunity for the Allied Health Professions to demonstrate the high quality care that they provide for patients and also the ways in which they integrate and work closely with each other as well as the nursing and medical staff. It is also an opportunity to recognise the AHPs working at advanced practitioner level and the new roles that are developing in order to enhance patient care.”

Patient case study

Michael Thorpe is 80 and has lived in Blackley for more than half his life. He is now retired but used to run a security company. Michael recently used the self-referral physiotherapy service available at North Manchester General Hospital.

“Four years ago I was visiting my GP for some antibiotics for a chest infection. I happened to mention I was feeling some pain in my neck, but there was no time left in my appointment to go into details. I left feeling a bit disheartened but hoped the problem might go away on its own.

“I felt twinges most days, but it became much more noticeable when I was driving and found I couldn’t turn my head round far enough to get a full view of the road behind me. So, last month I spoke to my GP again. She told me I could call the local hospital and book myself in for physiotherapy. I rang them straight away and spoke to Chris Orr, an Advanced Physio Practitioner, who listened to my problem and was very helpful. I was very surprised when he booked me in for an appointment later that same day.

“When I was much younger I had serious back problems, which eventually led to surgery. Because of those experiences, I was quite apprehensive about what might happen with my neck.

“I really needn’t have worried because Katy Porthouse, my Physiotherapist, was brilliant. With that first session the pain seemed to almost disappear; the difference doing the right exercises made really felt that quick.”

“Katy gave me 8 or 9 exercises to do at home. When I’ve come back for follow-ups, she checks my progress and makes sure I am doing the exercises correctly. I’ve just felt better and better!”

“I’d give them 10 out of 10, and it’s not just the care but the feeling when you walk in. People are happy to see you at reception and, although you know they are all busy and working hard, there’s a cheerfulness in the department. It’s been marvellous to find this service is available on the NHS.”

The self-referral service has been running since May, funded by two GP neighbourhoods in North Manchester- Neighbourhoods 2 (Miles Platting, Newton Heath, City Centre and Moston) and 3 (Higher Blackley, Harpurhey &Charleston). Neighbourhood 4 (Ancoats, Clayton and Bradford) will be joining soon.

The project allows rapid access to specialist advice and treatment for any type of musculoskeletal problem. It can identify conditions that may need more investigation or onward referral and we hope to reduce the number of GP appointments required for musculoskeletal related problems.

The project team has recently been announced as a finalist in the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group Staff Awards’ Quality Improvement and Innovation category.

Pictured left to right: Alison Ahamed, Operational and Professional Physiotherapy lead, Michael Thorpe, patient, Katy Porthouse, Physiotherapist, Chris Orr, Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner

Notes for Editors:

  • The new Northern Care Alliance NHS Group brings together five hospitals, 2000 beds, specialist and acute services, a range of associated community services, and over 17,000 staff across Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • As a group of hospitals and associated community services, the Alliance is one of the largest NHS Organisations in the country. With an operating budget of £1.3bn, the Alliance provides the benefits of scale but delivers this locally through multiple hospital sites and healthcare services. The Alliance oversees four Care Organisations for Salford, Oldham, Bury/Rochdale, and North Manchester which are responsible for providing hospital and community healthcare services to over 1m people across our local communities. Each Care Organisation and hospital sites has its own leadership team led by a Chief Officer and consisting of a Medical Director, Director of Nursing, and Finance Director.