Ann Drea, a band 6 locum occupational therapist working for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) in a Pilot Front of House (FOH) team, is the proud winner of the Cosyfeet OT Award 2019. Her £1000 award money will be used to purchase assessment equipment to facilitate a safe and speedy return home for clients referred by Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s A&E Department and Acute Assessment Unit. The goal of the FOH team, led up by Nicola Tatham, is admission avoidance, whereby clients are enabled to return home with all necessary support swiftly actioned.
The FOH is a pilot service with a special interest in frailty, forming part of the Intermediate Care Tier of CPFT, which instigated the service at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The team works with a multidisciplinary approach across A&E and AAU to assess therapy and discharge needs and make necessary arrangements.
The majority of persons assessed are elderly falls patients who require equipment such as mobility aids, toileting and/or bed equipment to facilitate a smooth and safe transition from hospital to home. The award money will pay for a stock of these aids to remain with FOH, to be used to 1) help assess client needs and 2) help inform caregivers.
“In January to March this year, FOH received 401 referrals, resulting in 143 safer discharges and 116 instances of admission avoidance,” says Ann. “Having a stock of assessment equipment for clients to try out with instruction will help us work more effectively. We can more readily involve clients and their support network in their safe return to self-management.”
The Cosyfeet OT Award assists OTs and OT students to develop their professional knowledge and skills while benefitting others. The award is open to those who are planning voluntary work, a work placement, a client-focused project or research, whether in the UK or abroad.
“We’re delighted to support the dynamic Front of House team at Hinchingbrooke Hospital,” says Cosyfeet Managing Director, Andrew Peirce. “The supply of dedicated assessment equipment for the team means that assessments can be carried out faster, helping people to return home as quickly and safely as possible, and keeping hospital beds available for unavoidable admissions.”