News & Insights 25 March 2022

We’ve been shortlisted for a 2022 ‘Leading Healthcare’ Award

‘Keeping Active During COVID-19,’ a COVID response pilot project for Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) across the Wiltshire region has been shortlisted in the Most Promising Pilot Programme category at the Leading Healthcare Awards 2022.

The Leading Healthcare awards celebrate and recognise a series of outstanding teams, partnerships, innovations and programmes across various domains of the health and care sector.

The pilot project, delivered by KiActiv® in collaboration with the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) and Wiltshire Health and Care (WHC) aimed to support PR patients who otherwise would have struggled to get the necessary support for their pulmonary condition during the pandemic.

In May 2020, the project was launched as a response to concerns that patients with chronic respiratory conditions could not maintain adequate levels of physical activity in the absence of usual healthcare services as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working in collaboration with the WHC respiratory team, we were able to provide our remote digital service, KiActiv® Health, to patients who needed it most.  Through the delivery of our remote digital service, we were able to promote sustainable self-care and support patients to stay healthy in the comfort of their own homes, despite the unprecedented nature of the situation. The remote nature of the digital service overcame access-related barriers such as the need to travel to a physical location, making it accessible to all. This meant that we were able to engage patients who typically would not take up the offer of traditional PR services, as well as those who were unable to attend traditional in-person services due to the pandemic.

Ultimately, through efficient collaboration with brilliant partner organisations, we were able to demonstrate that KiActiv® Health could be an effective option to support patients with a pulmonary condition to self-care remotely. The independent evaluation by WEAHSN highlights the initial success of the pilot project, and supports the future use and scaling of KiActiv® Health amongst this patient cohort.

The KiActiv® team are very proud to be nominated for this award and this serves as great motivation to continue delivering our services to clients up and down the country. We would like to thank our partner organisations WEAHSN and WHC for all the effort and hard work put in throughout the course of the pilot project, and are looking forward to the virtual awards ceremony on the 7th April.

Here is what one of our clients had to say about their time on the pilot:

“By using KiActiv®, it has helped me come to terms with the limitations I now have, whilst also giving me a structured way to increase my physical abilities on a daily basis. This has helped my mental wellbeing, and made me feel more in control of my health. Looking back through the notes I had made, I see that how I felt about my health has risen from 20/100 at the start of the course to 75/100 at the final session. This is a real testament to the positive impact KiActiv® has had on my life. It is great to know that I can continue to use the programme, and still have the phone support available if I have any questions in the future.”

(Male, 50-years, Lung Cancer).