Good practice and innovation for Lorn Healthy Options
AN OBAN team have been praised for their work to help people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.
Derek Laidler, team leader physiotherapist at NHS Highland, and Andrea James, lead exercise instructor from Lorn and Oban Healthy Options, were announced winners of the Innovation in Practice award for the rehabilitation pathway they developed together for people with MS.
The award was presented by QuDoS (Recognising Quality in the Delivery of Services) at an event at the Beaumont Estate in Windsor, prior to the MS Trust annual conference.
Derek and Andrea developed a rehabilitation pathway for people with MS which allows for a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan, particularly if someone has had a relapse, developed new symptoms or is newly diagnosed, including clear joint goal setting.
The pathway means that people with MS now have a real say on where and how they have their rehabilitation delivered.
Derek said: ‘ Our vision was always to provide a patient - cen- tred service built around the needs of our community, and to have such a high-profile endorsement of that vision is just incredible.’
The team were awarded for outstanding use of information and shared decision making in MS care. The award recognised the importance of high- quality information to support people affected by MS and to help them make the choices that are right for them.
Derek Laidler, team leader physiotherapist at NHS Highland, and Andrea James, lead exercise instruc
tor from Lorn and Oban Healthy Options were presented with their award at the MS Conference.