National Award for Palliative Care Team

A team from NHS Tayside and the University of Dundee has won a prestigious Physical Activity and Health Alliance award from NHS Health Scotland for promoting physical activity in palliative care patients.

A palliative care exercise programme encouraging people living with cancer and other long term conditions to be more active won the ‘raising physical activity awareness’ category at the awards ceremony held in Edinburgh.

The exercise programme was developed to implement and test in practice research evidence about the benefits of physical activity. It was developed by Mandy Trickett, Macmillan Specialist Physiotherapist at Macmillan Day Care and Dr Jacqui Morris, Allied Health Professions Research Lead with NHS Tayside and a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Dimensions of Health Institute, University of Dundee. The project was supported by practice development apprenticeship for Allied Health Professionals delivered by Dr Morris.

Dr Morris said, “Implementing evidence from research into practice can be challenging, but we worked hard to develop a programme to meet the specific needs of the patients.

“The response was fantastic and we are really pleased to be able to clearly demonstrate the benefits of physical activity to patients so well.”

Mandy said, “Patients and staff have become much more aware of the benefits and importance of keeping active in every aspect of life.

“This project helped us understand what patients prefer as we develop activities such as walking programmes within Macmillan Cancer Support’s national ‘Move More’ programme.

“Winning this award will spread the important message that improving access to physical activity programmes can help relieve and improve many symptoms as a normal part of treatment before referral to specialist palliative care services.”

PAHA award 2014

Jacqui and Mandy at the Physical Activity and Health Alliance award ceremony on the 24th April, with Shona Robison the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners’ Rights