During the pandemic, we ran a webinar with Sarah Holt of London Road Community Hospital as they were seeing interesting symptoms for Covid patients. Before the term ‘Long Covid’ was even created, the Derby team identified that patients were presenting with a variety of persisting symptoms that were affecting their ability to return to work.
Since the pandemic has restricted the number of non-essential face to face appointments, the team have been using their equipment (including the PrimusRS) as part of their objective assessment and remote management of patients. They have developed and delivered a rehabilitation pathway for COVID-19 patients aiming to return to work. The impact of the disease can cause substantial long-term issues for the patient. The team’s role is to enable the patient to be able to return to work safely and to reduce the chance of subsequent issues. The BTE PrimusRS is providing vital data to the clinical team, patient and employers to maximise the patients’ recovery and enable them to successfully return to the workplace.
The primary function for Sarah’s team at London road community hospital is to manage the return to work for their patients. The pandemic has meant they have been referred people who have had COVID-19 and are aiming to return to work. The symptoms they have seen could manifest itself as an ongoing physical deficit affecting their ability to return to their job or perform specific work tasks.
Since February, the local Long Covid Assessment Service has been referred over 500 patients living within Derbyshire. Most of these referrals are for patients of working age so it is vital to help get them back to work as quickly but as safely as possible. Along with mental health, MSK disorders have always played a large part in work absence and Covid has highlighted that many NHS services are not equipped to offer an objective return to work service. There are also a great many NHS staff suffering with Long Covid, so there should be a service accessible for these patients too. Every County now has a Long Covid service, so we would like to share the work that is happening in Derby to assist other areas of the UK.
The elements to be discussed are:
– What should an assessment look like?
– Can rehabilitation be offered? If so, what should this be?
– What aspects can be managed remotely?
This sessions is for:
– Occupational Health Managers
– Long Covid Service Leads
– MSK Service Leads
– Therapy Managers
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