Included in the blog are several resources to help Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) feed in to the process.
The graphic below has been developed to support AHPs to consider the different ways they may be able to evidence the impact of new working practices. It includes a section on safety, encouraging people to reflect and report on any errors or any actions that have either resulted in harm or improved safety.
This statement highlights an anticipated increase in the need for rehabilitation across four main population groups:
1. People recovering from COVID-19, both those who remained in the community and those who have been discharged following extended critical care/hospital stays.
2. People whose health and function are now at risk due to pauses in planned care.
3. People who avoided accessing health services during the pandemic and are now at greater risk of ill-health because of delayed diagnosis and treatment.
4. People dealing with the physical and mental health effects of lockdown.
The rehabilitation needs of these at-risk groups are vitally important and need to be met as AHPs collectively support people to recover, regain health and wellbeing, and reach their potential, and ultimately ensure we flourish as a nation.
This editorial by Dr Michael Farquhar, published in Anaesthesia, explains the importance of taking breaks while on shift and ensuring a good sleep between shifts and the inextricable link between sleep and patient safety.