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Monday 22 April 2019
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Activities supporting #EndPJparalysis take place across the Northern Care Alliance

Vote Northern Care Alliance for their work getting hospital patients up, dressed and moving safely

Staff at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group have been shortlisted for three awards for their contribution to a national patient safety initiative and now go to a public vote to decide the winners.

The EndPJparalysis awards are open for the general public to vote online at: https://www.judgify.me/public-voting/endpjparalysis-finals.

#EndPJparalysis was devised by Prof Brian Dolan, Honorary Professor of Leadership in Health Care at the University of Salford, as a mechanism for getting patients out of bed, up, dressed in their own clothes and moving about. 

Research shows that for every ten days of bed rest the equivalent of ten years of muscle ageing occurs in people over 80 years old. Building this muscle strength back up takes twice as long as it does to deteriorate.

The Northern Care Alliance has finalists in three of the five categories at the #EndPJparalysis Awards, which follow a 70-Day Challenge which aimed to get 1 million patients out of bed, dressed and mobile across the UK and Ireland.

Alliance staff in all roles and at all levels supported 42,018 patients to get up, dressed and moving during the challenge, through a range of activities and initiatives. This accounts for nearly 7 percent of the total activity recorded during the Challenge.

For the Alliance, which brought Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust together in October 2017 and across four Care Organisations (Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, and North Manchester), this is the first Group-wide improvement programme.

The Alliance is shortlisted in the following awards, which are all open to the public vote:

  • Best Campaign - every hospital ward and intermediate care unit across the Alliance is building the principles of #EndPJparalysis into everyday activity. Teams have worked together to engage with patients through information leaflets before and after admission, and short sessions to explain the benefits of being up and moving. There has also been an impressive 30% reduction in pressure ulcers across the Alliance.
  • Best Event – Wolstenholme Intermediate Care Unit, Rochdale Infirmary. The nomination describes the atmosphere on the Unit as being “open, caring and relaxed -perfect for rehabilitation”, thanks to Lynette Cook, Activities Co-ordinator, and her team. The walls are covered in displays of photos of patients participating in a wide range of events including baking, taking part in sports activities, potting plants for their small garden, and even enjoying an ice lolly outside in the sun.
  • Best Individual Campaigner - Steve Mosby and Alison Schofield from the Alliance’s Quality Improvement team visited nearly all wards across all five Alliance hospitals during the 70-Day Challenge; introducing the campaign to staff and coaching them with the implementation. They provided the vision and motivation to ensure that the campaign wasn’t seen as a gimmick, but as an essential part of patients’ daily lives.

Steve Mosby, Quality Improvement Lead, said: “This is fantastic recognition for a piece of work which has been nothing short of a phenomenon with staff across the Alliance. Staff at all four of our Care Organisations worked very hard with the QI team to compile a change package which we have used to exceed our original target of engaging with 95 percent of our wards – and in fact 100 percent of wards are now using the End PJ Paralysis methodology.”

Voting is open online https://www.judgify.me/public-voting/endpjparalysis-finals until 11.59pm on Friday 10 August. The winners in each of the five award categories will be announced on Wednesday 15 August.