My Catheter Passport shortlisted for engagement award

Catheter care patient Claudia and  nurse Irene smiling at each other

My Catheter Passport was recently shortlisted for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Involvement to Impact Awards.

My Catheter Passport posterThe awards recognised the valuable input and involvement of local people in Southwark and Lambeth into the design and implementation of the patient held document. 

The Catheter Care project has involved local people with experience of catheters from the initial working group meeting, through to the co-design of My Catheter Passport.

The idea to create My Catheter Passport first came from public and healthcare professional engagement.

My Catheter Passport is a document full of useful information and key contact details for people with catheters, to empower them to live as independently as possible with their catheters, and know what services are there to support them.

It also allows the sharing of patient catheter care plans between health and social care professionals in hospital and the community, ensuring there is an up-to-date record that is easily accessible.

Dr Di Aitken, GP at Vassall Medical Centre, said: “Given the purpose of the passport, it was absolutely vital that we engaged local people with catheter care experience.

“Their input into the language used in the Passport was crucial – ensuring there was no medical jargon, just plain English that could be easily understood.”

My Catheter Passport has now launched across Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and community services. Work is progressing to roll My Catheter Passport out across general practice.

Alice Miles, who has helped develop My Catheter Passport and lives with a catheter, said: “It has been fun being involved in the development of My Catheter Passport. I hope it helps improve care for people with catheters, so they can support themselves and live as independently as possible”.

An evaluation is currently being undertaken to assess the success and impact My Catheter Passport has had.

Marie McEntee, Change Agent at Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care: “As part of evaluating My Catheter Passport we are carrying out interviews with people who have been given a passport to gain an in depth understanding of their views and opinions of the booklet. Their thoughts will directly feed into the final evaluation and shape recommendations for the future.”

Adrian Hopper, Consultant Geriatrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, explained: “It’s without doubt that patients and local people have helped to shape not only My Catheter Passport, but also the wider work we are now carrying out around catheter care. Their contributions, attendances at meetings, their challenges to healthcare professionals and their passion to help has been inspiring.”