The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have introduced a new level of support that hopes to enhance the care of frail and vulnerable older patients.
The Quality & Safety nursing team at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have been successful in appointing a new Falls Prevention and Education Practitioner role to their team. Catherine Bramwell-Walsh has been appointed into the brand new role on a one year contract to provide an expert clinical focus on falls in the Trust’s three hospitals.
Rachel Diamond, Head of Quality and Safety, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said; “We anticipate the numbers of frail older people requiring hospital care will continue to rise into the future presenting new challenges for our ward staff. Some of these patients will have complex care needs due to their other underlying conditions such as confusion, delirium or dementia, increasing the risk of them falling while in hospital.
“We were pleased to gain support to fund the new Falls Prevention Practitioner role as it will provide vital specialist falls prevention advice, training and support to our ward teams and community teams. We are delighted to welcome Catherine to our team.”
When a vulnerable patient falls and sustains such a significant injury, the consequences to their lives are serious.
Catherine Bramwell-Walsh said “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to make a real difference to the clinical journey of patients being cared for within Mid Yorks NHS Trust.”
As the new Falls Prevention Practitioner, Catherine will work with hospital teams, including Consultants, Therapists and Nursing staff in helping to recognise and use interventions to prevent patient falls. The new role will help staff understand fall prevention and provide advice and support to ward staff and teams working in the community.
Funding for this new role is supported by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s charitable fund and nursing budget. The charity’s mission is to raise income and manage funds to improve patient care either directly with patients or indirectly via staff. The Trust’s charitable fund committee do this by enhancing the services provided by the Trust and funding additional items of expenditure, which would not otherwise be funded by the NHS.
Making a donation is really easy to do and really does help provide improved patient care. You can donate by logging onto the Trust’s Just Giving website http://www.justgiving.com/midyorkshospital or by visiting one of the General Offices at the Trust’s hospitals (Dewsbury, Pinderfields and Pontefract) and donating by either cash or cheque.
Photo: Catherine Bramwell-Walsh, newly appointed Falls Prevention and Education Practitioner