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Improvements to heart failure rehabilitation for Trust patients

14 May 2012 15:51:15

A Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is set to improve services for heart failure patients in Rotherham. 

Orla Reddington, who is also Therapy Lead for the Trust’s BreathingSpace facility, has been selected from 3000 hopefuls to deliver a service improvement project, funded by the Department of Health (DoH) Clinical Leadership Fellowship. 

The DoH Clinical Leadership Fellowship is run by the NHS leadership academy and is delivered in two streams: The Kings Fund and by Manchester Business School / University of Birmingham andHealth Service Management Centre.  

Orla’s service improvement project will include the implementation and improvement of rehabilitation services for heart failure patients throughout the Rotherham borough. 

There are minimal exercise based services currently available to those is Rotherham suffering from heart failure and people with the condition may have symptoms including poor exercise tolerance, breathlessness, fatigue and a general poor quality of life. These patients may also encounter high use of healthcare services and high mortality rates are common. 

The project commenced for Orla in November 2011 and involves nine months of intensive teaching. At the end of the programme Orla hopes to have gained a Post Graduate Certificate for which she will have had to demonstrate a certain level of academic work associated with the programme.  

Orla commented: “There were approximately 3000 expressions of interest in the programme which was initially whittled down to 60 fellows. Only 60 people were selected to carry out their project so I feel like this was a fantastic achievement personally.  

“I am passionate about improving services for patients as well as personally developing as a clinical leader. I aim to help to up skill those around me and promote clinical leadership within BreathingSpace and the Trust.” 

Orla is currently working closely with the Trust’s cardiac rehab team to get heart failure rehabilitation services up and running – part of this is to pilot a programme of rehabilitation and develop a business case.


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