Team Wins Major UK-award for Helping Children with Autism
Andrea Brammer, risk manager and paediatric
radiographer, and colleagues at the Trust (including Frances
Binns, therapeutic and specialist play consultant, Ruth Morgan,
professional lead, occupational therapy, therapy and dietetic
service and Emily Broughton, assistant clinical effectiveness
manger) have won a major UK award for their work in improving
access to healthcare for children and young people with autism. The
award is the Unite the Union working together award within the 2014
Advancing Healthcare awards for allied health professionals,
healthcare scientists and those who work with them.
Obtaining diagnostic test results for children and young people
with autism can be particularly challenging. More patients with
autism are now accessing the radiology service and from lessons
learnt from patient complaints and incident reporting, new
strategies needed to be introduced.
All customer-facing staff now participate in 'Positive About
Autism' training designed to support AHPs' interventions. Patients'
needs are assessed, findings shared with the multidisciplinary team
and a care pathway devised for each patient.
Visual communication tools are now used with patients and a
photographic journey has been developed to the Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (MRI) scanner. A 'dos and don'ts' poster guides staff
behaviours and attitudes.The very strong teamwork with clear AHP
leadership was noted by the judges. They liked the attention to
detail and the fact that the project is highly transferrable.
The 2014 awards were presented by Roy Lilley, NHS commentator
and author, at a celebration lunch on Friday at the Grand
Connaught Rooms in London. The awards, in their eighth year, are
organised by Chamberlain Dunn for allied health professionals,
healthcare scientists and those who work along side them.
They are sponsored by NHS England, NHS Employers, Unite the
Union, the Scottish,
Welsh and Northern Ireland health departments, Health Education
England, the Academy for Healthcare Science, the Institute for
Physics and Engineering in Medicine, the Allied Health Professions
Federation, the Society and College of Radiographers, Pulse,
GateHouse and Caboo Design.