NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health

InS:PIRE - Intensive care syndrome: Promoting independence and return to employment


Many patients have poor quality of life following an intensive care admission with reduced mobility, dependence on family members and continuing health issues leading to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary has successfully created a prototype of rehabilitation intervention for intensive care survivors known as –InS:PIRE. Co-produced with service users, the programme is the first intensive care rehabilitation model to include caregivers and encompass health and social care support.

InS:PIRE is a unique five week recovery programme focusing on patient education, peer support and self-management. Weekly physiotherapy and individual sessions with health professionals aim to help patients improve their health and participation in society, including returning to work. With individualised goals, improvements can be measured and patients helped to make meaningful changes, leading to them feeling more in control of their health and wellbeing.

InS:PIRE will be rolled out to an additional five centres  across four health boards in Scotland. Through continued collaboration with patients and their carers, encompassing a learning approach, it aims to demonstrate that improvements can be successfully implemented across the NHS.

Find out more about InS:PIRE at www.nhsggc.org.uk/inspire.

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