UCLPartners is supporting the innovative digital programme Living With Covid Recovery. It has been developed by academics and clinicians in our member organisations, to treat the long-lasting symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
The tool, which is now helping patients in 23 clinics across 16 NHS trusts, targets patients who have been discharged but are continuing to recover and rehabilitate at home. By delivering rehabilitation completely remotely, the programme helps NHS staff support more patients than would normally be possible in a timely and cost-effective way. It is currently helping more than 3500 patients with their recovery.
The programme, has been developed by a team that includes UCL, Barts Health NHS Trust, and NIHR ARC North Thames from the UCLPartners region in collaboration with NIHR ARC Wessex, University of Southampton, University of Exeter and health-tech start-up, Living With.
The rehabilitation tool targets primary symptoms that ‘long-haulers’ report experiencing for many weeks and even months after the peak of their infection – such as fatigue, anxiety and breathing problems. It combines evidence-based methods from physiotherapists, psychologists, dieticians and respiratory physicians to create bespoke treatment plans for each patient.
A patient’s view
Watch: find out the impact Living With Covid Recovery has had on recovering from Long Covid.
Roll-out of the programme
UCLPartners is supporting adoption and spread of the programme. Living With Covid Recovery is currently supporting patients within the UCLPartners region at Barts Health NHS Trust. The programme is also being rolled out at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Solent NHS Trust, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Isle of Wight NHS Trust.