Bowel and bladder problems can have a devastating effect on quality of life and dignity, both for patients who are dependent on others due to physical or mental disability, and for those who are otherwise independent.
So we’d love to pass on huge congratulations to our Bladder, Bowel and Pelvic Health team who have been nominated in the ‘Continence Promotion and Care’ category at the 2022 Nursing Times Awards.
The nomination reflects the work they have done integrating three teams: the Pelvic Health Physiotherapy teams at University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital and our Community Nursing team working in bladder and bowel care. This has led to a number of significant changes.
Myra Robson, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, Bladder, bowel and Pelvic Health team says: “We’re thrilled with our nomination and I am so proud of my colleagues for taking on these really important pieces of work.
“We have put an added focus on recruitment, developed a series of new team training days, completely overhauled the containment product service (assessing patients in the community first to determine if there is a need for things like continence pads before we distribute them) saving 15K in the first quarter of this year and established an extended service to care homes.
“We have also started a QI project to establish one referral pathway (including self-referral) across the service and completely reviewed, and improved, our catheter and ‘trial without catheter’ service.
“All of this hard work has helped us put clinical pathways in place that are even more patient-centred, rather than service or clinician centred. We have been asked to speak at two international conferences about our work and are now part of an NHS peri-natal pelvic health pilot scheme.”
We will be celebrating World Physiotherapy Day on Thursday 8 September and we’re sure you will join us in wishing the team good luck in the awards which take place on 26 October in central London. You can follow the team in Twitter @LGTbbph #worldPTday2022 #Physiotherapy