The Role of the Band 4 Physiotherapy Assistant Practitioner in Intensive Care
Allaina Eden, Physiotherapy Service Lead for Critical Care, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiology
Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. [email protected]
Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest specialist cardiothoracic hospitals in Europe, and includes England’s main heart and lung transplant centres. The Band 4 Physiotherapy Assistant Practitioner (AP) role was implemented in 2010.
Rationale for poster:
To showcase the role Physiotherapy Assistant Practitioners play within ICU; to support rehabilitation of ICU patients, therefore contributing towards improving ability prior to ward transfer.
Areas of work at Papworth Hospital:
Scope of treatment
Weekend Rehabilitation Service
The Assistant Practitioners staff the physiotherapy weekend rehabilitation service. Therefore, patients requiring rehabilitation receive input seven days per week, this ensures continued progression in physical improvement.
Collaborative working with the occupational therapists Cognitive rehabilitation with ICU