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Therapy professionals in critical care: A UK wide workforce survey

Twose, Paul, Terblanche, Ella, Jones, Una ORCID:, Bruce, James, Firshman, Penelope, Highfield, Julie, Jones, Gemma, Merriweather, Judith, Newey, Vicky, Newman, Helen, Rock, Claire and Wallace, Sarah 2023. Therapy professionals in critical care: A UK wide workforce survey. Journal of the Intensive Care Society 24 (1) , pp. 24-31. 10.1177/17511437221100332

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Abstract Introduction National guidelines suggest recommended staffing levels for therapies. The aim of this study was to capture information on existing staffing levels, roles and responsibilities and service structures. Methods An observational study using online surveys distributed to 245 critical care units across the United Kingdom (UK). Surveys consisted of a generic and five profession specific surveys. Results Eight hundred sixty-two responses were received from 197 critical care units across the UK. Of those that responded, over 96% of units had input from dietetics, physiotherapy and SLT. Whereas only 59.1% and 48.1% had an OT or psychology service respectively. Units with ring fenced services had improved therapist to patient ratios. Discussion There is significant variation in access to therapists for patients admitted to critical care in the UK, with many services not having services for core therapies such as psychology and OT. Where services do exist, they fall below the recommended guidance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1751-1437
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 May 2022
Date of Acceptance: 9 May 2022
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 22:08

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