Westmorland General Hospital Kendal

Our Chair Glenys Marriott was pleased to be asked to meet members of the public and staff last week at Westmorland General Hospital, Kendal, to discuss brain injury and the work of Headway South Cumbria.  As part of national disability week Glenys joined the hospital staff disability team together with the RVS and Sightsavers

Thanks  for giving us the chance to raise neurological conditions

Glenys with Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse and Joann Morse Deputy Chief Nurse

Press release for 1st national report on Major Trauma in Older People

Major Trauma In Older People: Press Release 6 April 2017
Falls now the commonest type of major trauma in England and Wales report reveals

The first national report on major injury in older people has been released by the Trauma Audit & Research Network, hosted by The University of Manchester, showing that falls from a standing height are now the most common cause of major trauma.

The ten-year report, based on 8, 176 injured patients aged 60 years and above in England and Wales reveals that the typical severely injured patient isn’t the traditional young male injured in a road traffic incident, but now older and injured as a result of falling, with a lower male predominance.

The report shows that the older injured patient may be at a disadvantage in terms of receiving optimal care. Older people with major injury are less likely than younger adults to be taken directly to a major trauma centre for specialist treatment – due to the challenges of reliably identifying major injury in older people at the scene.

Tim Coats, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Leicester said: “This important report highlights that there is a previously under-recognised role for Trauma Units across the UK in the identification and management of major trauma in older people. We need to re-think the organisation and training within trauma systems and realise that there are two distinct forms of major trauma, so that we can individualise and to optimise treatment.”

Once the older major trauma patient arrives at hospital for the treatment of their injuries, the report also reveals that they are less likely to be seen by a Consultant in the Emergency Department than younger adults.

Dr Mark Baxter, Consultant Orthogeriatrician at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said: “The report makes it clear that there is a change in the nature of patients who suffer from major trauma and we need to adapt to this new reality. Older people, often with frailty, present a specific challenge to the trauma centres as they are more likely to have other, co-existing, illnesses which require a different response with specialists in care of older people involved in their care from the outset.”

The traditional belief is that older patients are more likely to injure themselves during winter; however the report dispels this myth and shows little difference in numbers of hospital admissions in older people with major trauma. This can be largely attributed to falls in the home which is the predominant cause of major injury in older adults.

Fiona Lecky, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Sheffield said: “The new NHS England Major Trauma Networks are having to adapt to this unexpected and increasing public health problem of major injuries sustained by older people in the home. There is an urgent need for prevention programmes to tackle this growing problem and for research to improve our understanding of how to best manage the complex challenges of major trauma in older people.”

As well as monitoring the standards of care across trauma receiving hospitals, TARN has started to collect Patient Reported Outcomes (PROMs) across Major Trauma Centres in England. Antoinette Edwards, Executive Director, based at The University of Manchester, said: ”From the data gathered so far, it would seem that older patients are more likely to tell us how they are feeling after their injury. PROMs is a great opportunity for us measure long term outcomes and help us to improve our understanding on how major injury has impacted not just on the patients’ health but also their everyday routines.”

Please click here to read the report

& the report in full:

10 brisk minutes

A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”

Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more.

It’s the easy way to improve your health and wellbeing. No gym memberships, no Lycra. Just 10 minutes and you!

Read more https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home#GOlmjcuOV2UE1rlw.97


New Rights for Wheelchair Users to access Taxi Services

From 6 April 2017 drivers of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) will be liable for a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to carry the passenger in their chair, fail (unless they have an official exemption) to provide assistance, such as deploying the ramp and helping to push them into the vehicle, or charge extra for carrying a passenger who uses a wheelchair.

This is a new blog about the changes by Will Bee, Chair, Local Transport Group Disabled Person’s Transport Advisory Committee. Read blog

UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities publishes issues to present to UK Government

Via Disability Rights UK news

“Disability Rights UK was very pleased to give evidence to the UN Committee in March, based on discussions with large numbers of disabled people around the country. We are glad to see many of the issues we raised reflected in the list of issues “

NICE needs your help!

Message from NICE:

“The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is doing an important research project to understand the perceptions and experiences of our users. We would like to know what you think of us as an organisation, including how we operate and how you keep updated with our work. 

The results will be presented to our Board and by sharing your views you will play a part in shaping our products and services. Your feedback will be valued and appreciated.

To take part, we ask that you complete this short survey, which should take approximately 10 minutes, by Friday 5th May 2017. All responses will be completely confidential and remain anonymous in any reporting. 

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact audienceinsight@nice.org.uk

Thank you in advance for your contribution. 


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