Monday 22nd September 2014
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Autumn 2014
A team from NHS Tayside has won a prestigious Physical Activity and Health Alliance award from NHS Health Scotland for promoting physical activity in people receiving palliative care
The team’s physical activity programme, which encourages people to be more active, won the ‘raising physical activity awareness’ category at the awards ceremony held in Edinburgh in April.
The programme takes place in Macmillan Day Care in Dundee and was developed by Mandy Trickett, Macmillan Specialist Physiotherapist, and Dr Jacqui Morris, Allied Health Professions Research Lead with NHS Tayside and Dundee University.
People receiving exercise classes or walking groups, and receive relevant information. There are also plans to introuduce Chi Gun classes, in line with Macmillan’s national Move More programme.
The course was developed on the basis of evidence about the benefits of physical activity. Mandy received training from a variety of experts, and the intervention was planned over six months followed by a supervised implementation and evaluation phase. A range of improvement tools were used to ensure that the developments were person-centred. Patient focus groups took place and all involved were encouraged to feed back their views. People who had completed the exercise class conveyed very powerful and positive feelings.
‘Implementing evidence from research into practice can be challenging,’ says Dr Morris. ‘But we worked hard to develop a programme to meet the specific needs of the people we support.’
‘The response was great and we are really pleased to be able to demonstrate the benefits of physical activity so clearly.’
Mandy says participants and staff have become much more aware of how activity levels can affect quality of life: ‘The project helped us understand what people with cancer prefer as we develop activities such as walking programmes within Macmillan’s national Move More programme.’
‘Winning this award will spread the important message that there needs to be a more inclusive approach to physical activity programmes to help relieve and improve many symptoms as a normal part of treatment prior to palliative care.’
Contact Mandy Trickett.