AN INNOVATIVE hip and knee programme developed by the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) in Northfield has been nominated for a national award.
JointCare, only available at the ROH, is based on evidence and care from around the world and is setting new standards for NHS hip and knee replacement surgery in England.
JointCare has also now been recognised by the Forward Healthcare Awards, which has shortlisted the programme in the Acute or Specialist Services Redesign category this year. The winners will be decided on September 25.
JointCare project manager Alicia Stanton said the team was thrilled with this nomination.
“Improving the quality of care for orthopaedic patients drives everything we do and to be recognised in this way is a real boost for the whole team.
“We hope to build on the fantastic work JointCare has already achieved and continue to improve outcomes for our patients.”
Patient education is at the centre of the scheme which prepares people for their procedure and their rehabilitation afterwards.
Patients work with physiotherapists just hours after their surgery to aid recovery and the information they receive before and after their surgery empowers them to help themselves by ‘moving and improving’.
Patients are able to get home just a day or two after their operation and take part in physiotherapy sessions.
It brings together a team of experienced and highly-skilled surgeons, along with a care team made up of physiotherapy and nursing staff and family and friends who support them during their hospital stay.
The aim of JointCare is to provide seamless, efficient care and have patients healthy and doing the things they enjoy as quickly as possible.
The ROH has designed the specific and tailored service for knee and hip replacement patients.
There are no hospital gowns or long hours in bed, Jointcare is about wellness and recovery.
Patient feedback for JointCare has been excellent and the service has been bolstered by recent trust-organised events inviting patients and their families to meet up and share their experiences.
Andrew Pearson, the consultant orthopaedic surgeon who helped to introduce JointCare, said: “We saw an opportunity to take all of the good things we already do at the Royal Orthopaedic and make them even better.
“Patients can expect high quality clinical care in a dynamic environment focused on movement and recovery.”
The nomination comes days after the hospital was shortlisted for Acute or Specialist Trust of the Year at the 2019 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.