NHS England Medical Director visits Nottingham to see ‘End Pj Paralysis’ campaign


NHS England’s National Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, visited QMC on Tuesday 25 July to hear how innovative ideas and technology are improving patient care and safety at Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) and Nottingham City Hospital.

Sir Bruce met frontline staff at QMC to hear how we are better using technology to manage  beds to improve flow through our hospitals and patient safety. He also heard about our End PJ Paralysis campaign, an initiative driven by NUH teams that supports patients to get back to their normal routines from the start of their hospital stay to speed up their recovery.

End PJ Paralysis starts in QMC’s Emergency Department (ED), where staff are doing their bit to stop deconditioning in patients from the moment they enter the hospital.

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#EDFit2Sit aims to help make sure patients are helped to sit, rather than stay on trolleys when appropriate during their treatment in ED.

Jane Newton, Matron for ED at QMC, said: “Everyone here understands the important message behind #endpjparalysis and recognises the benefits for patients being encouraged and supported to get up, get dressed and keep active.

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“We were keen to think about what we could do to play our part and decided to implement #EDfit2sit in the department so that when patients are able to they are encouraged to remain seated during their time with us rather than being on a trolley.

“Obviously we do our best to make sure that patients are able to go home from ED rather than on to the ward, but if they do need to be admitted we have helped start them thinking about the importance of keeping active to avoid deconditioning and that will have an impact on their stay and play a part in getting them home as soon as possible.”

Ann-Marie Riley, the Deputy Chief Nurse (Operations) at NUH, who was involved with the development of the #endpjparalyis campaign, praised the efforts of ED staff. She said: “I am really pleased to see staff in the Emergency Department think about how they can contribute to this campaign and play their part in improving patient care.

“The #endpjparalysis campaign is a simple idea but there’s evidence that shows it can have real benefits for patients in reducing deconditioning and ultimately getting them home sooner.

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“The #EDfit2sit campaign makes sure that from the minute a patient comes through the doors staff are thinking about these important factors and helping to set the tone for their stay with us, however long that may be.”

The #endpjparalysis campaign was born from conversations at NUH in November last year. Since then it has spread to become an international movement with millions of health staff in Canada, Australia and further afield supporting the principles.

Ann-Marie said: “At NUH we are really proud of our part in #endpjparalysis and thrilled it has become so successful. Staff here have really embraced the idea and it has grown organically with different areas coming up with different ways of putting these principles in to practice.

“The ED team and #EDfit2sit is just one example of this in action and I’m sure there’ll be many more.”