Teamwork wins award in Luton

A multidisciplinary team which provides an inpatient rehabilitation unit in Luton has won a prestigious Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) award.

The unit is run by Virgin Care in partnership with Capwell Grange Care Home and a network of local GPs and they were presented with the Practice Team of The Year award at the recent RCGP’s Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Faculty annual awards ceremony.

Virgin Care is commissioned by Luton Clinical Commissioning Group to provide the Luton Intermediate Care Rehabilitation Service which includes the inpatient rehabilitation unit as well as community rehabilitation in patients’ homes. The service helps people to become as independent as possible after an illness or accident.

The team was nominated by Dr Sahadev Swain of the Biscot Group Practice who is the lead for the GP network.

He said he was impressed by the “dedication, passion and patient-centeredness” of each of the team members who work with a passion for their patients and patients’ families. “Each of the team is an unsung hero, or heroine, doing their jobs with a smile on their faces.”

This team previously provided services in the rehabilitation unit of Moorland Gardens Nursing Home and in September relocated to Capwell Grange Care Home in Luton.  At the unit care home operator HC-One provides the nursing and carer staff, Virgin Care provides therapists and a network of six local GPs provide medical care. Speech and language staff from Luton & Dunstable Hospital and local social workers also assist in the unit.

Jane Astill, Virgin Care’s Head of Musculoskeletal Services, said: “We are delighted the rehabilitation service has won this award for teamwork. It shows how a multidisciplinary team from a number of different organisations can work so well together to provide excellent care for the people of Luton.

Nicky Poulain, Chief Operating Officer for Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We are delighted that Luton’s Intermediate Care Rehabilitation Service and partners have been recognised by this award. Providing the people of Luton with a rehabilitation service where patients’ and carers’ needs are at the heart of the service is a key priority for us. This multidisciplinary service, integrated with social care services and voluntary organisations locally, gives patients the best support possible to regain their independence.”

Geraldine McMurdie, Head of Intermediate Care, Commissioned Services Team, for HC-One said: “We’re delighted to have been given this award along with our local partners. When Luton CCG approached us to see if we could deliver intermediate care solutions at Capwell Grange, our team of nurses, carers and support staff happily rose to the challenge. We are proud to be part of such a caring and effective team at Capwell Grange and hope the service continues to go from strength to strength”

The team was represented on the night by Donna Chafer, Lead Occupational Therapist and Rehabilitation Unit Lead, and Louise Armstrong, Physiotherapist, both from Virgin Care along with the GP network partners Dr Sahadev Swain, Dr Abdul Ebrahim, Dr Tahir Mehmood and Dr Afsar Khan and administrator Daron Gunner.

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