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Salford physiotherapists lead the way in promoting healthy living and early detection

Gillian Rawlinson, a physiotherapist specialising in joint and muscle disorders, and Helen Slee, project manager at Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have won a major UK award for their work in providing NHS health checks and diabetes prevention assessments within specialised physiotherapy services.

They are the winners of Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and Public Health England award for contributions to public health, part of the prestigious Advancing Healthcare awards programme. The judges thought their project brilliantly showed how physiotherapists were an untapped resource in promoting healthy living and identifying people at risk. It means that when health promotion becomes a normal part of the work of physiotherapists, who are experts in muscle and joint problems, patients have ready access to health checks, pre-diabetes assessments and so on, making every contact count.

Ruth Crabtree, public health lead at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Tom Heywood, clinical manager at Pathway, were highly commended by the judges for their work in encouraging patients with potential alcohol misuse problems to access help – a collaborative project between paramedics and the specialist alcohol services.

They are the runners-up in the awards for contributions to public health. Their achievement is a brilliant example of collaborative working across the health services. Good relationships have been built with all the local alcohol misuse services, taking referrals around the clock and ensuring patients are receiving the most appropriate care for their needs.

The judges commented: "The Yorkshire Ambulance Service have really pushed the boundaries within their field and been instrumental in a broader national consensus about the public health role of ambulance services."

Meradin Peachey, FPH Vice President said: "The allied health professions make invaluable contributions to improving the health and wellbeing of the public. FPH, as the professional body for public health specialists and practitioners, is delighted to be partnering with Public Health England to recognise the impact of these contributions to health promotion and prevention."

The Advancing Healthcare awards, which cross boundaries and fosters partnership working, are open to allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them in support roles. The award was presented by Meradin Peachey at a celebration lunch on 31 March 2017 at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London.

Other sponsors of the awards include NHS Employers, the National Institute for Health Research, Health Education England, the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government, the Department of Health Northern Ireland, the Academy for Healthcare Science, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Society of Radiographers, Health Services Laboratories, and Chamberlain Dunn Learning.

For further information, please contact Rachael Fisher on 020 8334 4500,

Written: 31/03/2017 , last modified: 31/03/2017

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