The NHS Tayside Musculoskeletal (MSK) Team has been presented with an award for enhancing patient dignity and standards of care by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
The team, which is based across Tayside in GP practices, community and acute hospitals, received the national award at a ceremony in London.
The award recognises the work undertaken by physiotherapy staff across Tayside to redesign the treatment pathway and improve waiting times for people needing advice or treatment for joint and soft tissue problems.
Redesigning the pathway has meant that patients can access information and support more quickly, receive a greater range of diagnostic tests and enhanced treatment options, all without having to wait to see a consultant.
Staff have developed advanced roles with increased skills and have introduced a single system approach across Tayside providing greater consistency to the range and quality of services that patients can expect.
Getting the right advice or seeing the right people at the right time in the right place means that people recover more quickly and are more confident about how to prevent their injury recurring.
Speaking about the award, Karen Anderson, Interim Allied Health Director for NHS Tayside said: “NHS Tayside is very proud to have such enthusiastic and skilled clinical staff being recognised for their work
“There have been a significant number of improvements delivered by the allied health staff in Tayside across outpatient services over the past two years. These have been led by staff and have involved patients from across Tayside who told us what improvements could be made to the service.