Pioneering work at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) which has helped parents and children on life support machines share special family milestones for the very first time has been shortlisted for a national Quality Improvement Award.
The Move on Ventilation Early (MoVE) programme has given parents the opportunity to enjoy precious first time experiences with their seriously ill children the only work of its kind in the UK.
The hospitals’ Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has led the way in the UK by being the only unit to work with its patients – many of them on ventilators - and their families to embrace early movement.
The team, which includes doctors, nurses and physiotherapy staff are delighted that their work has been shortlisted for the Excellence for Quality Improvement in Maternity, Neonatal and Paediatric Services category in this year’s national Quality Improvement Awards.
The Quality Improvement Awards celebrate and showcase the fantastic range of quality improvement practice that is been taking place across the length and breadth of Scotland to make services the best they possibly can be for babies, children, young people and their families in all aspects of their lives.
The MoVE programme has led to families being able to share a number of key milestones with their child. Parents have been able to spend time with their child outside for the first time or get their very first family photo where the child isn’t confined to bed.
In addition, the programme aims to have children moving sooner leading to shorter stays on general wards once they have been transferred from PICU.
Kevin Hill, Director of Women and Children’s Directorate, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “I am really pleased that the work of the all the staff involved in introducing the MoVE programme is being recognised nationally for the difference it is making to those children being treated in the unit.
“It’s also hugely beneficial for parents as they are more involved in their child’s care and play an important role in deciding which activities the children participate in.
“Parents are now carrying out more than 50% of the activities which is great as it means they are now having more hands on engagement with their children which they couldn’t always do in the past.
“We’re the only PICU doing this kind of work in the UK and have already been approached by children’s hospitals in Nottingham, Leicester and Belfast looking to learn from our experience.
“The MoVE initiative has made a big difference to the health of a number of our patients so far and that has only been possible thanks to the ongoing full support of all the PICU staff. Every member of the team has been so supportive and helped to adopt MoVE activities into the patient's daily routine.”
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