Surveying perceived confidence and competence of Allied Health Professionals in the Edinburgh City area (in relation to provision of 24 hour posture management).
Background Participants: the Allied Health Professionals working with people with various advanced physical disabilities. In the all four health and social care localities of the Edinburgh City area 50-100 members of staff will take part in research. Allied Health Professionals views will be collected to investigate the level of awareness and confidence of providing 24 hours postural management. In addition to explore perceptions of the importance of the 24 hour Posture Management training which might potentially be useful to service. Design: Cross-sectional survey design. Procedure: The survey will be send out to Allied Health Professions (AHP) managers by email using Survey Monkey link. The email sent out by AHP managers in all four health and social care localities of the Edinburgh City area (appropriate ethical and management permissions obtained). Analysis: Descriptive analysis will be carried on by using the Excel, The responses will be compare within created professional groups. The responses will be divided in criteria/ themes accordingly. The data protection and confidentiality are carefully addressed in the study design, procedures, publication. Aim: The aim of the study is to investigate the level of awareness and confidence of delivering the 24 hour Posture Management across the Lothians. Search Strategy The research will use an electronic databases: CINAHL, MEDline, SCOPUS, PUBmed. Key words: postural care; posture management; 24h posture/postural management; body distortion AND postural care; body shape AND posture management; seating AND lying positioning; sleep system.