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UHNM scoop platinum award for Recondition the Nation campaign

University Hospitals of North Midlands has scooped a prestigious Platinum Award in the national Recondition the Nation campaign, designed to get patients up and moving.

Inspired by UHNM’s own Sit Up, Get Dressed and Keep Moving campaign, Recondition the Nation is about preventing deconditioning by encouraging everyone to try innovative and fun ways to promote physical activity and emotional well-being.

Staff at Royal Stoke and County Hospitals are encouraged to help patients stay active and win medals in the process. Medals are available to individuals, teams and organisations as well as informal carers, family members and anyone who is keen to make a difference.

UHNM has been recognised by the NHS England Regional Team for the efforts that are being made to prevent de-conditioning among its patients and for making it business as usual across both hospitals.

Giving the award to UHNM, Professor Nina Morgan, Regional Chief Nurse, said: “As a Regional Team we have been really impressed with how you are trying to prevent de-conditioning as business as usual across UHNM including positive language regarding falls, allowing patients to walk preventing harm. You are exemplars in looking at ways to capture deconditioning harm.”

She added that UHNM Chief Nurse Ann-Marie’s personal demonstration of nursing leadership and support to programme had been inspirational.

Ann-Marie Riley, Chief Nurse, said: “I am so pleased UHNM has been awarded platinum for our continued efforts for Recondition the Nation campaign. It is well recognised that being in hospital can affect your normal routine so people may, for example, not sleep as well, not eat as much and not move around as much as they normally would when they are at home. This can quickly lead to loss of a person’s normal functional ability –also known as deconditioning. I am passionate about raising awareness of the harm caused by deconditioning and am absolutely thrilled that the work our teams are doing to recognise, learn from and ultimately prevent deconditioning harm has been recognised.”