Living With Covid Recovery, a programme to provide effective and cost-effective rehabilitation to people affected by the long-lasting symptoms of COVID-19 infection, has been shortlisted for an Health Service Journal (HSJ) Partnership Awards 2022. The Awards recognise outstanding contributions to healthcare.
The programme, supported by NIHR ARC North Thames and NIHR ARC Wessex was recognised in the Healthtech Partnership of the Year category. Collaborators on the programme, UCLPartners, Barts Health NHS Trust and Living With, led the nomination and winners will be announced on 24th March 2022.
Standing out amongst tough competition from hundreds of other exemplary applicants, the Living With Covid Recovery project team has been selected based on their ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact the programme has had on patient and staff experiences within the health sector.
Living With Covid Recovery is an innovative digital programme to treat the long-lasting symptoms of COVID-19 infection, led by UCL Professor Elizabeth Murray. Around 60% of hospitalised, and 10% of non-hospitalised, survivors of COVID-19 develop long term symptoms, including fatigue, ‘brain fog’, feeling breathless or having low mood and/or anxiety.
The programme was developed by an interdisciplinary team to target Long Covid, combining evidence-based methods from physiotherapists, psychologists, dieticians and respiratory physicians to create bespoke treatment plans for each patient. Patients have also been involved and consulted throughout the development of the programme.
By delivering rehabilitation remotely, the programme helps NHS staff support more patients than would normally be possible, in a timely and cost-effective way. The programme is currently helping to support over 2,500 patients across 30 clinics in 20 NHS trusts, with plans to roll out to more Trusts to meet the growing need for support.
Over 190 entries were received for this year’s HSJ Partnership Awards, with 123 projects making it to the final shortlist.
The judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including Dr Matt Aiello (National Programmes Lead, Education Reform, Health Education England); Dr Elena Bechberger (National Programme Director – LVHC Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement); Claire Igoe (Head of Environmental Sustainability – Manchester University FT) and Vinice Thomas (Director of Nursing and Quality, NHS England and NHS Improvement).