BTH physio team to share knowledge on the national stage

BTH physio team members will present to a national audience

BTH physio team members will present to a national audience

A team of five Trust physiotherapists have been chosen to share details of their work at a major national event, with two being chosen to deliver a presentation.

The Physiotherapy UK virtual conference is the leading event in its field, with a range of professionals attending from across the UK. This year the event will feature themes including The Rehab Challenge and Digital Transformation.

Each year, 200 presenters are given the opportunity to showcase peer-reviewed research via different types of presentation. Ahead of each conference, physiotherapy professionals are invited to submit abstracts – a short paper which summarises the key points and findings of a longer research document.

A team of five physiotherapists from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals submitted abstracts and have been informed that not only have all been accepted for inclusion in the conference, but two have been upgraded.

This means that one paper, by specialist physiotherapist Simon Hayward, has been included in the event’s ‘Rapid 5’ section which will see its author give a five-minute presentation; and another – by Leanne McCarthy, lead cardiothoracic physiotherapist – has been upgraded to a platform presentation.

Simon Hayward submitted details exploring ‘respiratory physiotherapists’ experiences of lung ultrasound training and its adoption in critical care.’

Leanne McCarthy provided an abstract on the ‘implementation of a mobility guideline and training programme to increase mobilisation levels on a Cardiothoracic Intensive Therapy Unit (CITU).’

Meanwhile, Chloe Kendrick, and Sam Hogarth respiratory physiotherapists, wrote a paper on ‘The novel use of lung ultrasound to reduce anxiety during weaning from mechanical ventilation.’

Finally, Chloe Tait, specialist physiotherapist in respiratory medicine, wrote an article which explored ‘whether the implementation of thoracic Enhanced Recovery after surgery reduced hospital length of stay following thoracic surgery.’

Simon Hayward said: “It’s great to see the innovative work we’re doing here at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals recognised at a national level.

“The last year-and-a-half have brought challenges for every part of the NHS, and physiotherapy has embraced innovations like new treatment and digital technology to support our patients.”

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