Zoe Parker, Education Officer at COT, discusses critical reflection. Follow Zoe
The Health and Social Services Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, defined prudent healthcare as “healthcare that fits the needs and circumstances of patients and actively avoids wasteful care that is not to the patients benefit.”
This month we look at a healthcare movement that is taking off in Wales. We are quite excited about the idea here at the College because the four principles in it chime so well with our values. Our Policy Officer for Wales, Ruth Crowder (follow Ruth), is an enthusiastic advocate for the approach.
Ruth has been involved with the prudent healthcare movement in Wales from the start and still is because she regards this movement as founded in a set of principles which are really well related to the philosophy of Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapists are regarded as one of the most innovative and supportive professions for this work.
Explore the prudent healthcare site to see a range of resources and explanations of what this means for Wales and for Occupational Therapists.
In her article Reablement, recovery and rehabilitation: enabling meaningful occupations for life, Ruth looks at the way all allied health professionals can support the principles of prudent healthcare. The NHS in Wales has adopted these four principles:
• Achieve health and wellbeing with the public, patients and professionals as equal partners through co-production;
• Care for those with the greatest health need first, making the most effective use of all skills and resources;
• Do only what is needed, no more, no less; and do no harm.
• Reduce inappropriate variation using evidence based practices consistently and transparently.
In July there was a summit hosted by the First Minister for Wales with international delegates – the videos capture a positive energy and provide varied material to inspire critical reflection on different aspects of the viewers’ practice through the lens of what the speakers say, who they are and who they do (or don’t) mention.
How might these principles inform all occupational therapy practice?