Evolving care: Occupational Therapy for neuro-rehabilitation - delivered virtually
Trust: Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Location: Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team North
Name and role: Natasha Holt-Davey (Occupational Therapist)
What did Natasha do?
Natasha started in the Community Neuro-Rehabilitation Team covering Horsham, Crawley and Mid Sussex in March 2022. She provides all of her occupational therapy patient consultations virtually, helping neurologically impaired patients with adjustments to manage their day-to-day tasks and activities. Patients are risk assessed for suitability and offered the choice of a virtual appointment, and either seen one-to-one or accompanied by a family member or rehab support worker.
Why it matters?
Natasha said: “Having a Virtual Therapist in the team has improved staff wellbeing and positively impacted on joint working, increasing autonomy and skills for the Rehab Support Workers, and reduced the waiting lists which in turn reduced stress and pressure on staff members. Virtual therapy can be beneficial to many services and impact patients positively who still gain good outcomes and improve their quality of life. In addition, it reduces the carbon footprint due to a significant reduction in travel, so it is much more environmentally friendly.”
Why Natasha is a Zero Hero
Between 2021/22 and 2022/23, with the introduction of Natasha’s role, the team has saved 2,329 miles and 810 kg CO2. That’s roughly the same as a return flight from London to Lisbon, or driving from London to Edinburgh 5 times!