OOBP to be extended to QEH following success in early mobilisation of patients following a hip fracture

Expansion planned for The Orthopaedic Out Of Bed Project following improved outcomes in early mobilisation after hip fracture surgery

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust this week announced the planned expansion of The Orthopaedic Out Of Bed Project (OOBP), following its success in “improving clinical outcomes and multi-disciplinary collaboration” for early mobilisation following hip fracture surgery.

Attracting national attention with an upcoming research paper in the BMJ and a successful bid for funding as a NICHE Embedded Fellowships and Service Improvement Evaluation project; OOBP will shortly be rolled-out within the trauma ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).

The NICHE fellowships run for 12 to 18 months, and require projects to align with “effective person-centred practice” and to have a “positive impact on sustainable health outcomes”.

After the initial intervention at James Paget “increased the overall number of patients mobilised each month”, it will be implemented as a therapy led training programme at QEH, and data relating to clinical and implementation outcomes related to early mobilisation will be collected.

The project will then be written up and hopefully published, as well as being disseminated at both local and national levels. The announcement notes that “this will aim to build on the work that the orthopaedic therapy team, trauma nurses and HCAs have achieved at the James Paget across Norfolk and Waveney”.

Rene Gray, said: “We will be disseminating these findings both nationally and internationally this year at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Conference in Birmingham and the Fragility Fracture Conference in Oslo. The publication of this paper will be a great launching pad for the next stage of this project which will see a collaboration between the James Paget and the Queen Elizabeth hospital to implement this project across the integrated care system.”

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