East and Midlothian Physiotherapy Service shortlisted for national award

East and Midlothian Physiotherapy Service shortlisted
Innovative service nominated for national award

An innovative physiotherapy service based in East and Midlothian has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The East and Midlothian Pulmonary Rehabilitation team, part of East and Midlothian Community Health Partnership, has been nominated in the Improving Quality category at the Advancing Healthcare Awards.

It is the second successive year that the service has been shortlisted at the awards for their pioneering work in delivering pulmonary rehabilitation via telehealth.

Amanda Stears, Specialist Physiotherapist, East and Midlothian CHP, explained: “For the last two years we have been delivering our pulmonary rehabilitation solely through digital means and we are delighted to have been nominated for this award for the second year running.”

Through the programme patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are able to take part in physiotherapy in their own homes.

Patients are equipped with a specially-designed phone with a screen and matched up with a physiotherapist who supports them as they practice exercises.

Amanda Stears continued: “Patients dial into a virtual room a bit like a chat room and they see me in the middle of their screen and the other four people in the group, all at once. Part of it is the social interaction and meeting people with the same condition. With COPD you can become very debilitated and very isolated.

"Meeting people who understand what they are going through is important. We may be offering chat room capability, so if they’re up at two or three in the morning and feeling fed up and if another patient they know may be up, they can catch up with them.”

David Small, general manager, East and Midlothian CHP, said:  “I congratulate the team on being shortlisted for this award which is a fitting accolade for all their hard work in developing the use of telehealth and telecare and in particular video conferencing which is bringing real benefits to patients.

"We are using this innovative, digital technology to increase the number of patients we can treat not just in the one area but across different areas at the same time.”


Issued by:

David Ridd
Communications Officer
NHS Lothian
0131 465 564