John Taylor Hospice breathlessness programme shortlisted for award

Birmingham’s John Taylor Hospice, the only UK hospice operating as a social enterprise, has just been shortlisted for a prestigious Nursing Times Award for its specialist breathing clinic, which has already helped more than 200 local people.

JTH logoThe team behind the pioneering Fatigue, Anxiety and Breathlessness (FAB) programme — the hospice’s physiotherapist Louise Tipson and occupational therapist Faye Collins [pictured below] — has been shortlisted by the medical journal in its Respiratory Nursing category.

Respiratory problems such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) lead to low self-esteem, social isolation and a poor quality of life which in turn places a high burden on the NHS. FAB takes a holistic, patient-centred, multi-professional approach to to help patients gain the confidence and understanding to manage these conditions.

“Being able to restore a normal breathing pattern when you get into difficulties takes knowledge and skill,” says Ms Tipson. “Using cognitive behavioural and physical therapies, Tai Chi-based exercises and relaxation techniques, we help people to manage their symptoms and regain control.”

JTH breathlessness clinic in action

JTH breathlessness clinic in action

The FAB team will present their entry to a Nursing Times judging panel in September in the next stage of the awards and the winners will be announced in November.

The hospice exists to ease the personal and social cost of illness and untimely death through practical help, alleviating pain and rekindling possibility. Its services are free at the point of delivery. The hospice receives more than 200 referrals to its services every month and supports over 600 families across Birmingham. Its in-patient Unit has 23 beds and space for family to stay. It costs around £14,000 every day to provide these services — £585 every hour.

For more information call Faye Collins or Louise Tipson on 0121 465 2000. Read the full press release.

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Faye Collins (left) and Louise Tipson

Faye Collins (left) and Louise Tipson

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