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Protected therapy services for critical care: A subanalysis of the UK-wide workforce survey

Twose, Paul, Terblanche, Ella, Jones, Una ORCID:, Firshman, Penelope, Merriweather, Judith, Rock, Claire and Wallace, Sarah 2023. Protected therapy services for critical care: A subanalysis of the UK-wide workforce survey. Australian Critical Care 36 (5) , pp. 821-827. 10.1016/j.aucc.2022.11.011

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Background The existing United Kingdom (UK) allied health professional (AHP) workforce in critical care does not meet national standards, with widespread variation in the source of funding, service availability, and regularity of input. Objectives The aim of this subanalysis was to determine the impact of protected services on the involvement of AHPs on direct and nondirect aspects of patient care. Methods This is a subanalysis of the previously published AHPs in critical care UK-wide workforce survey, an observational study using online surveys distributed to 245 critical care units across the UK. Results/Findings Services with protected funding provided more daily input within critical care. This was most apparent for occupational therapy where daily input varied from 82.1% of units with protected services compared to just 10.3% in those without (p < 0.001). For all professions, most notably occupational therapy and speech and language therapy, protected services increased the regularity in which specific interventions were completed and had impact on involvement in nonclinical aspects of care including involved in multidisciplinary team meetings, clinical governance, and research. Conclusions The absence of protected AHP services reduces compliance with national standards for therapy workforce. Based on these findings, UK and international critical care guidelines should promote protected AHP services for critical care

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1036-7314
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 January 2023
Date of Acceptance: 13 November 2022
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2023 16:44

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