Physiotherapist receives Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award
A physiotherapist from Airedale Hospital has been given a ‘Yorkshire women of achievement’ award for her outstanding contribution to Manorlands, the Sue Ryder hospice in Keighley.
The awards celebrated Yorkshire women who work in the fields of business, education, sport, arts and health, as well as paying tribute to those who have shown immense courage.
Rachael Sharples who is therapy team leader at Manorlands hospice, is part of a team of two physiotherapists and two occupational therapists who support patients being cared for at the hospice.
The team have introduced palliative rehabilitation to the hospice which is about allowing people with life-limiting and terminal conditions to live as independently and fully as possible. This has included the development of a physical and functional gym at Airedale Hospital which helps with physical and occupational therapy. The team are opening a second gym at Manorlands at the end of August as demand is so high.
They have trained volunteers to offer activities to patients, so when people come into the hospice they are matched with a volunteer for their own interests so they can go out together; they have trained Life Story workers for patients; provide an acupuncture and TENS service and have access to a van donated by Acorn lifts so volunteers can take patients on short drives to enjoy nature.
The team also provide placements for occupational therapy and physiotherapy students from the University of Bradford and Leeds Beckett University and also for sport therapy students from Leeds Beckett University, to help train the therapists of the future.
Freya Sledding, Therapy Services Manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:
“I am extremely proud that Rachael has been given this award for the innovation her and the therapy team have set up within the hospice. Her work demonstrates the value of therapy and the difference it can make to people managing their palliative condition. The setup of the gym has had brilliant outcomes for patients and uses student and volunteers. There is a strong partnership between the trust and Manorlands and we welcomed the use of the physio gym at Airedale Hospital to support this. Rachel demonstrates out of the box thinking to provide intervention which benefit patients.”
“I was amazed, pleased and very grateful that people at Sue Ryder Manorlands thought I was good enough to be nominated. But I feel I am accepting this on behalf of the team because they are fantastic.”