A quality pathway from a service that CARES

An NHS physiotherapy team in Heywood have scooped an award for improving the quality of care provided to children with cerebral palsy.

HMR Paediatric Physio CARES AwardsThe paediatric physiotherapy team received one of our award for developing a new system to reduce the number unnecessary appointments.

The cerebral palsy integrated pathway identifies joint and muscle problems early, reducing the number of x-rays and appointments needed by children with cerebral palsy.

The new pathway helps to identify deterioration in joint range or muscle length, or an increased risk of hip dislocation. These problems can be painful for children and prevent them from using equipment to help them walk or stand.

If changes are noticed earlier, the child’s physiotherapy programme can be altered and they can be given the most suitable equipment to help them. It also recognises when a child is making good progress.

Lindsey Murray, paediatric physiotherapist said; “The system measures each child’s joints and we assess their current mobility. If they can walk we also monitor how much assistance they need.

“If there is any deterioration it will be flagged up earlier than before. Monitoring the measurements and walking can help reduce the number of hip dislocations and surgery that’s needed.

“It produces really clear and easy to see results which can be shared with the parents as well, so they are able to track their child’s progress.”

HMR Paediatric PhysiotherapistsEmma Edwards, a parent said; “When my little boy first started with the service he could not roll, he could not physically move.

“Whereas now with the help of the service, he can roll, is nearly sitting and is a lot more mobile than what he was. The service is amazing.”

The service works with children up to the age of 19 who have acute injuries and long term health needs. 

A short video about their good work is available on Pennine Care’s YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=14U0biBIgno

For more information about Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale paediatric physiotherapy, visit:  www.penninecare.nhs.uk/hmrpaediatricphysio