Respiratory team in award success
09 May 2014
Consultant chest physician Duncan Powrie and his team always knew their chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) psychology project would be a hit with patients. And so it has proved to be with a significant reduction in the number of admissions since the scheme started last year.
Now their innovation has been recognised nationally by none
other than the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ).
Duncan and his colleagues faced stiff scrutiny in front of the
judging panel before learning the project was highly commended in
the 'respiratory medicine team' category at the national awards
ceremony held last night (May8) at the Park Plaza Hotel in
COPD is a progressive and deteriorating condition which
frequently leaves individuals feeling anxious, panicky and
depressed - and causes distress to those around them.
Last year, with the aid of newly-recruited clinical
psychologist, Hannah Osborne, they introduced a range of measures
to help patients' mental state, alongside treatment for their
- Self-help manuals for patients to manage their mood and
- Training ward and community staff to recognise and manage
- Introduction of a six-week Breathe Well, Live Well course
offering cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Introduction of a range of therapy services provided on either
a one-to-one and group basis in the home as well as here and
Duncan said: "We set up the project because a number of COPD
patients were being admitted frequently. We recognised that we were
not addressing their psychological problems and so worked with our
community colleagues at SEPT to make a difference."
Chief executive Jacqueline Totterdell said: "I am absolutely
delighted for the team to have had the fabulous work they do for
our patients recognised on a national scale. Not all the categories
had a highly commended award so they obviously impressed the judges
to be singled out, and it is much deserved."