Benefits of collaborative working with children post Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy wins the Chroma Award for Excellence in Neurorehabilitation at the AHA Awards 2020

Neurologic Music Therapist Jonathan Fever and Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist Claire Edwards have won the ‘The Chroma Award for Excellence in Neurorehabilitation’ at the Advancing Health Awards 2020.  

Based at the Portland Hospital, HCA Healthcare, ‘Benefits of collaborative working with children post Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy’ won the coveted award for their collaborative project working with children Post-Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is a procedure that helps treat muscle stiffness in cerebral palsy by cutting the nerve rootlets in the spinal cord that are sending abnormal signals to the muscles.

Knowing that children who had undergone this type of surgery would require emotional as well as physical support, Jonathon and Claire decided to undertake a short-term rehabilitation project whereby children were coming out of surgery with a very short window for rehab, to help maximise progress for the youngsters.

They incorporated music therapy sessions alongside the children’s physiotherapy sessions.

Jonathan said: “Music therapy provides a space where all involved (the patient, therapists, family members) can work on a level playing field and make music together, to improve the relationships of all those involved in the recovery process, and to motivate the children to engage in their therapy.”

Zoe Dalal, head of therapies and rehabilitation at the Portland Hospital, said: “We are both delighted and proud that Jonathon and Claire were recognised for their achievement through this project, which successfully demonstrated the benefits of music therapy when utilised alongside physiotherapy, highlighting the importance of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) in achieving better recovery outcomes for patients.”

Daniel Thomas, managing director of Chroma said: “The judges agreed this project was an inspiring success and clearly demonstrated the benefits of therapy collaboration and the importance of an MDT in achieving the best possible outcome for the patient. We have long known the benefits of music therapy and this project highlighted the power of music beautifully. Congratulations to the winners!”

Benefits of music therapy are well-documented and are said to include improving engagement during rehabilitation, boost motivation and improve mood. These factors helped form the basis of their collaborative project and the results validated the theory.

The Advancing Healthcare Awards recognise projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives. The awards are open to allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them.