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Portsmouth health team, shortlisted for prestigious Nursing Times Award

Portsmouth’s Rehabilitation and Reablement Team (PRRT) has been shortlisted in the prestigious Nursing Times Awards for the Team of the Year Award. The team comprises of Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth City Council health and care colleagues, all working to the same goal of keeping some of Portsmouth’s most frail and vulnerable safe, well and at home.

PRRT were nominated for the award, having received numerous accolades from patients and families of those they have cared for throughout Covid and the national recovery in the NHS.  The team is unique because it features so health and care disciplines, and also focuses on admission avoidance as well as hospital discharge. Where most teams are purely focused on a sole discipline, such as physiotherapy, PRRT is co-located and fully integrated, with one management structure that is aligned to CQC nursing and social care standards. This means that a patient has the full weight and expertise of both the NHS and Social Care behind them.

The integrated Portsmouth Rehab and Reablement Team was a natural extension of existing services, bringing together Solent’s community nursing, physiotherapy, and other medical specialists, with Portsmouth City Council’s social-care colleagues and South Central Ambulance Service paramedics.

Commenting on being shortlisted for the award, Sarah Grainger, PRRT’s Modern Matron said “We couldn’t be more delighted for our team.  Day after day, our focus is rightly on our patients, ensuring they either get home from hospital or can stay at home with our support.  To achieve this and ensure they recover well is our absolute aim.  It’s wonderful to see the team’s efforts recognised.”

Kevin Mitchell, Operational Manager and colleague to Sarah, said “It’s extremely fitting that we should have been nominated for the Nursing Times Team of the Year Award because we are nurse led and fully integrated as a team, despite coming from different disciplines and backgrounds.  It’s why we perform so well and we’re extremely proud of how effective our model of care is for the residents of Portsmouth. Ultimately, patient experience is at the heart of what we do.  A patient may have a fall and the first people at the door maybe a paramedic, a physio and a social worker.  It’s a truly great response that delivers great results.”

One of 12 specialist teams from across the UK to be shortlisted, PRRT will discover on Wednesday 25 October who the 100 judges on the Nursing Times panel believe should win!  In the meantime, they will continue to deliver outstanding care to those in urgent need of it.

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