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Evaluation of interprofessional working on a therapist/nurse-led rehabilitation ward for older people in Wales

Clouston, Teena J., Whitcombe, Steven W., Jenkins, Judyth and Mears, Julie 2018. Evaluation of interprofessional working on a therapist/nurse-led rehabilitation ward for older people in Wales. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 25 (4) , pp. 193-197. 10.12968/ijtr.2018.25.4.193

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Abstract

This article is a critical evaluation of a therapist/nurse-led service in a rehabilitation ward for older people (aged 65+) in an acute hospital setting in Wales, UK. The service was initiated as a means to manage increased pressures on services during the winter period between January 2016 to April 2016. It was focused on delivering comprehensive rehabilitation and robust discharge planning in order to facilitate a safe and timely return into the community. In this context, rehabilitation refers to improving patients' personal skills of independence in order for them to be discharged safely in their own home (Filmore-Elbourne and le May, 2015). Through drawing on a range of perspectives, including staff interviews and a focus group, the aim of this paper is to raise awareness of the issues that influenced the effective interprofessional working of a therapist/nurse-led rehabilitation ward for older people in an acute hospital setting. These perspectives were gathered between June and July 2016 following the closure of the ward in order to assess the perceived effectiveness of the service.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN: 1741-1645
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 May 2018
Date of Acceptance: 13 February 2018
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2018 14:20
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/111066

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