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AwardsOct 23, 2023

Clinical lead physiotherapist Chloe Popplewell and colleagues win a 2023 CAHPO Award

Clinical lead physiotherapist Chloe Popplewell was part of a team that won the innovation and improvement award at the 2023 Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) Awards, details of which were announced earlier this month.

Chloe and her colleagues received the prestigious Innovation and Improvement in ICSs (Integrated Care Systems) award, which was sponsored by NHS England, Suzanne Rastrick, the CAHPO for England, hosted the event. 

Chloe is based at Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, where she works in a team alongside service lead Margurite O’Mara and specialist occupational therapist (OT) Elizabeth Theobold.

The team caught the judges’ eye by establishing a new interdisciplinary therapy model by establishing a collaborative partnership with the voluntary sector charity Headway. They identified, and then filled, a gap in the services available to people needing long-term neurological rehabilitation.

This initiative, the judges decided, was in line with the goals of both the NHS Long Term Plan and the ICS’s vision. ‘The project epitomises collaborative partnership models that join up services for improved patient care, reducing health inequalities and increasing access to services, those who attended and viewed the CAHPO awards ceremony were told.

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Congratulations to Chloe and all the winners of the 2023 CAHPO Awards (stock image)

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Among a number of other winners, Professor Lisa Taylor, from the University of East Anglia, won the 'creative provision of placements' award. She created the Peer Enhanced ePlacement' model, which has already seen more than 1,800 students successfully completing online placements.

Going green: AHP of the Year Award

Meanwhile, the AHP of the Year Award went to Sue Norman, an OT by background who is an advanced clinical practitioner at Southern Health NHS Trust. She was the key player in the development of a service in which an electric urgent response van is harnessed to help reduce falls, ‘long lies’ and avoidable admissions among older people living with frailty. The initiative also reduces the carbon emissions that contribute to air pollution and have an impact on everyone’s health.

Sue was also named as the winner of the 'Greener AHP' category. 

What did Sue's initiative achieve?

  • it saved about £200,000 in acute care costs
  • a total of 635 patients were seen (82 per cent of whom stayed at home)
  • more than 500 emergency ambulance trips were avoided
  • it also relieved pressures on other community services
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