26 November 2013
A team from Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Canterbury Christ Church University and Maidstone Prison have won a prestigious Nursing Times Award for their project in respiratory care.
Nurse Nina Turner, from Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, set-up the project in collaboration with Helen Jefford, Specialist Physiotherapist with Oxleas, fitness instructors from Maidstone Prison and Dr Julie MacInnes and Sonia Page, from the Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University.
The project focused on addressing inequality in the diagnosis and management of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in a prison setting.
Nina and Helen designed a programme to screen, diagnose and assess patients to attend a pulmonary rehabilitation programme. The aim was to provide the same level of care as in the community, and produce similar healthcare outcomes and benefits. The project demonstrated that pulmonary rehabilitation can be provided in prisons safely and effectively. Julie and Sonia from Christ Church helped analyse the data.
The judges commended the team for addressing health inequalities in a vulnerable patient group and for their collaborative team working approach.
Julie, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies at Christ Church, said: “This project has made a real difference to the lives of patients with COPD in terms of respiratory functioning and well-being, in a prison setting. The programme has the potential to be delivered in other prisons and be extended to include other long-term conditions, resulting in improved outcomes for patients and a widespread change in practice”.
John Enser, Service Director for the Forensic and Prisons services at Oxleas, said: “When the idea of developing a Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme was first discussed, I was really keen to ensure that it was properly evaluated to add value to an evidence base in prison health care which all too often is sadly lacking.
“The project itself has been tremendously exciting in many ways. Firstly we were breaking new ground and secondly, the number of different agencies that all needed to work together to ensure that we made a difference to patients with COPD within prison settings.”
The team are now working with the British Lung Foundation to address the issue of supporting other healthcare teams within prisons to address the health need of prisoners with COPD. The aim is to produce a resource pack for healthcare teams to help guide them through the process of identifying the right prisoners, the practicalities of setting up pulmonary rehab and how to involve all the stakeholders.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 94% of our Nursing graduates were employed in a nursing role six months after completing their studies *.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey