Hello, my name is Andria and I have been seconded to the trust from the University of York, to advise and lead on projects aimed at improving different aspects of clinical care. I may have met some of you over the past year, out and about working on different projects.
Back in the spring, I asked for feedback from staff, service-users and carers regarding the challenges to improving/receiving physical health care. I received a good response, and summarised the issues raised in a diagram. The information you provided was used to develop recommendations for how physical health care can be improved across the trust, addressing the various challenges. The recommendations included the need for a single place to record physical health care on PARIS, the need for staff training and education regarding the importance of physical health care and how to provide it, service-user awareness raising, and that needs specific to learning disabilities are addressed. The final report was discussed at the trust ‘Effective Care’ meeting in September and the recommendations now form the work plan for the ‘Improving Physical Health Task and Finish group’.
Andria Hanbury, Associate for Evidence-Based Improvement