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Injured rugby star gives talk

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

An inspirational former rugby player will be addressing hospital staff during a special event to help develop a better patient experience.

Nine years ago, Matt King stepped on to the rugby pitch for a game that would secure his career as a professional rugby league player with the London Broncos.

Just 20 seconds of the match starting, his dreams were shattered by a devastating injury which left him paralysed from the neck down and ventilator dependent.

Now an OBE, he will be talking to staff from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust about how his patient experience helped reshape his life and the importance of compassion in health care.

Also speaking at the one-off event will be NHS England’s head of nursing and midwifery strategy, Sam Sherrington, who will focus on the essentials of nursing care. Paul Jebb, assistant director of nursing (patient experience), at the trust, said: “We are thrilled to have Matt King coming along to share his experience of excellent patient care so our staff can learn from him what an impact the little things really make.

“I am sure it will inspire them to continue to work hard to develop new and improved ways of working.

“Monitoring patient perceptions of care is a key indicator of the quality of services provided in our trust.”

The in house event takes place on February 13.

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