Cardiac rehabilitation team shortlisted for national award
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team at Airedale Hospital have been shortlisted for a British Heart Foundation Alliance Award for ‘Integrated Care’.
The team supports patients with heart conditions, and their families, in the hospital and in the community. They run an interactive ‘healthy heart’ education programme and 3 cardiac rehabilitation exercise classes with the aim of helping patients manage their symptoms, address any risk factors and achieve their personal goals.
Nicola Drake, Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinical Lead at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award, in recognition of the hard work of the team. We really hope to empower patients to look after themselves and feel in control of their own condition and our team is extremely motivated to provide compassionate care to our patients – we have worked hard to adapt our services and listen to our patients to see what matters to them and how we can improve.”
The team works closely with ward staff, physiotherapists, cardiologists and GP practice nurses, and this has led to them being shortlisted for their ‘integrated care’.
“Patients comment that they feel their care is personalised from their first encounter with us, right through to discharge. The service they receive is seamless and often they are supported by the same nurse that saw them on the ward following their heart attack.”
The service was expanded in 2015 thanks to extra funding which meant the team could care for patients in the Craven area and provide an extra exercise class. Previously the exercise programme only took place in Keighley and Airedale Hospital but was extended to Skipton so a further 200 patients a year could benefit.
The winners will be announced at the British Cardiovascular Society/British Heart Foundation Annual Conference Dinner and Awards Evening on Tuesday 6th June 2017 in Manchester.