Physios from a NHS trust in Scotland have created new short videos which are designed to educate healthcare support workers (HCSWs) and make the provision of mobility and walking aids more consistent.
The videos, created by physios Libby Simpson and Sara Thomson, were made as part of their new ‘HCSW Mobility Aid Provision’ resource.
The physios claim that the resource has already had “very keen” interest from other health boards.
The six-module resource was created following feedback from a steering group and was brought in to improve the effectiveness of HCSWs providing walking aids and ensure standardisation.
It was decided that visual approach of videos would be more effective than other methods and would avoid confusion when being interpreted.
The resource aims to ensure HCSWs are equipped with the skills, understanding and competencies to provide mobility aids.
Ms Simpson told the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy: “Some staff will be picking up new skills and knowledge on conditions and factors that are important in the provision of a walking aid.
“They are also designed to cover every eventuality, for example, when to use one or two walking sticks and what to think about before taking a patient outside.”
There are plans to post the videos on YouTube to make them more widely accessible.
Ms Simpson added: “We thought it would be good to create a learning resource that we could share on LearnPro so that every HCSW in NHS Forth Valley will have the same competencies and will be working to the same song sheet.
“We also feel it will be really useful in community and social care settings and as it’s rolled out will help with standardisation.”