Back to Fitness pilot scheme finalists at this year’s Patient Safety and Care Awards
An initiative from CMFT's
Musculoskeletal (MSK) community physiotherapy team has received
high praise as one of the finalists at this year's Patient Safety
and Care Awards.
The feedback from the awards has
given the team the chance to put the so far unfunded scheme forward
as a business case.
The Back to Fitness programme, part
of the Physical Activity Referral Scheme (PARS), is a progressive
group-based rehabilitation project for people with persistent low
back pain by combining exercise, education and self-management
The programme made it from over
1000 applicants to be one of the finalists at the Patient
Safety and Care Awards ceremony in July in Mayfair, London.
In their feedback, the judges, all
consultants and specialists in orthopaedics and rheumatology, said:
'The panel was struck with the enthusiasm and commitment to deliver
a cohesive pathway for the management of low back pain, achieved
successfully to date with no additional resources.'
They suggested that the project needed additional local support
for implementation and evaluation and they would welcome a future
submission including more of these data.
The programme was designed by Doré Young, Specialist MSK
Physiotherapist for community services, and has had great audit
results and feedback from both clinicians and patients.
Doré was overwhelmed with the success: 'It was a real honour to
get to the finals and receive such great feedback', she said. 'It's
amazing to see such ongoing hard work from the team and we have all
enjoyed the collaborative working between physiotherapy services
She added that being part of the awards has been a great
platform to increase awareness about the programme and to drive the
service forward, delivering quality care and transforming the way
low back pain is managed in the community.