Congratulations to SIE member Lisa Slack, Specialist Occupational Therapist, who has been awarded an Elizabeth Casson Trust Innovation Award for her project which aims to increase awareness and understanding of the fundamental significance of sensory normalisation in critical care and how this might impact on the patient experience.
Working within Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lisa will be running a series of co-designed workshops to develop a sensory-based resource with patients, relatives/carers and members of the multidisciplinary team aimed at improving patient experience in critical care.
Lisa said: “Thanks to the Elizabeth Casson Trust and support of my fantastic colleagues I have been provided with the opportunity to further develop and implement a resource focused on a sensory based approach, within the area of critical care at Newcastle hospitals, whilst also promoting the role of OT.
“It is estimated that up to 40% of critical care-associated delirium may be preventable. Multifactorial prevention strategies, such as avoidance of sensory deprivation and overload, cognitive and environmental stimulation, engagement in purposeful activity and the provision of visual and hearing aids have been found to reduce the incidence of delirium in the critical Care setting. Occupational Therapists are in a position to both apply this approach to their interventions with critical care patients, and to educate and inform other health professionals to adopt a similar approach to normalising sensory input for their patients.
“I am very excited to be involved in this project and very much looking forward to sharing the outcomes.”
We wish Lisa well in her research and look forward to hearing the results.
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