Specialist stroke OT wins award
A Peninsula Community Health (PCH) Specialist Occupational Therapist for Stroke has won a prize for her poster presentation on occupational therapy.
Jayne Angilley, won the prize for her presentation outlining the research she has been involved in, which looks into visual training in occupational therapy.
The purpose of the study was to test how patients with visual search problems after having a stroke could look for an object.
With patients aged between 24 and 91 taking part, the search task took place in the patient's living room by placing keys randomly and recording how frequently they searched all areas of the room using a video recorder. Of the all patients, 24 were independently mobile.
The results from the search task were positive and identified a need for awareness of cognitive impairment, particularly in those who are independently mobile. The results also showed a need for further work to be done in this area.
Gill Mead, PCH District Therapy Lead for West Cornwall commented: "We are delighted that Jayne Angilley, our Clinical Specialist in Stroke for the West of Cornwall has won first prize for her poster presentation. Her hard work will work to help others with visual search training in Occupational Therapy".
Jayne and the team will now be publishing the results in a variety of national publications and presenting the findings at conferences throughout 2014.
Peninsula Community Health, a not-for-profit community interest company, is the provider of community-based health services to adults in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and provides NHS services through Community Hospitals, Minor Injuries Units and Community Nursing Teams. For further information, visit www.peninsulacommunityhealth.co.uk.