Occupational therapy leaders shortlisted for Advancing Healthcare Award

Occupational therapy leaders from across the Cumbria Health and Care System have been shortlisted for an Advancing Healthcare Award.

In 2014 the Aligning Cumbria Occupational Therapy Pathways project was launched.  The aim of the project was to develop a system wide improvement of Occupational therapy services for the Cumbrian population. 

One of the drivers for this project is to deliver an improved experience for the people receiving Occupational Therapy services in Cumbria.

Janet Folland, Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are incredibly proud of our achievements. The Aligning Pathways programme has required a significant amount of partnership working from all of us and the commitment to this ethos by occupational therapists from across our organisations has been tangible.

“Improving together is the way forward and breaking down organisational barriers comes through trust and nurturing relationships. Together we can achieve significant change.  The support from Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC) provided us with the knowledge, skills and structured approach to progress at pace together.”

Janet went on to explain why they entered the awards:

 “The category within Advancing Health Care awards that we entered was the Chief Allied Health Professions Officers Entrepreneurship award and we feel that the pioneering spirit shown by the Cumbrian occupational therapy community meets this description. We wanted to share our experience and show the country what great work is taking place in Cumbria.”

Doreen Singleton, Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy for Adult Social Care added:

“By applying for the awards we also hope to raise awareness of the foundation work that the Cumbrian Occupational Therapy staff were undertaking to assist with the larger ongoing improvement works being undertaken by both the Vanguard site in the south and the Success Regime in the north of the county.”

Valerie Marshall, Deputy Head of Occupational Therapy at North Cumbria University Hospitals also added:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for an advancing healthcare award. The work we have done has focussed on aligning the occupational therapy pathways across Cumbria, and this has already made a huge difference to our patients. The drive and commitment from the staff involved from all organisations has been the key to the success of this work. Being shortlisted is already a huge achievement for the occupational therapy teams across the organisations and acknowledges their commitment to providing quality care.”

When asked what it would mean to the team to win Janet had this to say:

“Being shortlisted for the Advancing Healthcare Awards is already an incredible achievement but to win would provide us with clear evidence that our approach was the right one and would provide an enormous boost to our partnership. We would be thrilled.”

Doreen added:

“It would be wonderful to raise the profile of Occupational Therapy in Cumbria.”

Following being shortlisted, members of the team travelled to London earlier this month to present their project to a panel of judges.  The team will find out if they have been successful in winning the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer’s award for Entrepreneurship at an awards ceremony on Friday 15th April.

Organisations involved are; Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Adult Social Care, North Cumbria University Hospitals and Morecambe Bay University Hospitals