A unique patient intervention service at Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s (GRI) Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award and a further £500,000 in funding to continue supporting patients.
InSPIRE (Intensive Care Recovery: Supporting and Promoting Independence and Return to Employment) is a pilot recovery programme for patients who have been cared for in ICU. Often ICU patients can experience persistent physical and psychological problems as a direct result of their intensive care stay which can impact all aspects of their life. The project is a five week rehabilitation and support initiative for both the patient and their families.
The joint initiative between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and the University of Glasgow has already received a national award for its remarkable work and has now been shortlisted for the prestigious BMJ’s “Innovation into Practice Team of the Year” award, the winner of which will be announced in May.
It has also been awarded a further £500,000 in funding from the independent healthcare charity the Health Foundation. This will enable the release of staff to go to other hospitals across Scotland and provide training to allow the roll out the project in other ICUs.
Dr Tara Quasim, ICU consultant, said: “This innovative project we hope will change the lives of many people who have been cared for in ICU.
“We hope that this programme will navigate patients in their recovery by giving both patients and their relatives access to appropriate services and support.”
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Pic: Some the team at GRI's Intensive Care Unit including Dr Tara Quasim (bottom row far right)