Moving Together – “No Decision Without Me”
Published: 18 February 2014
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) hosted its Moving Together –“No Decision Without Me” event on Thursday 13 February 2014 at the Octagon Centre, Hull. Members of the public and professionals from across health and social care came together to share knowledge, experience and best practice about the way we assist people to move – for example from their house to a vehicle or using a carry chair. The event was held in partnership with Healthwatch Kingston-upon-Hull.
YAS clinicians and members of the patient safety team played out a scenario involving a frail 85 year-old lady whose son had called 999. The scenario acted as a talking point, stimulating discussion and sharing of different viewpoints and experiences.
The real-life experiences of those present highlighted the need for patients, with their carers, to be recognised as experts in their own conditions/abilities, and partners in their own safety. Key learning from the event included the importance of excellent communication between patients and healthcare professionals so people’s preferences are taken into account, pain managed and fears addressed.
Our lead clinical tutor for moving and handling demonstrated the best practice techniques and equipment available to frontline YAS staff including handling belts, carry chairs, slide boards and turntables.
A participant in the group shared the story of her severely disabled daughter who relies on a bespoke wheelchair. This prompted discussion about how emergency ambulances might better meet the needs of wheelchair users.
Learning from the event has been shared with the YAS training and patient safety teams to inform future training. One participant has kindly agreed to tell their story on film which will further support training and promotion of best practice.