The annual CSP awards ceremony took place on Friday at the Hotel Russell in London. The event combines the traditional Fellowship and Distinguished Service awards with the CSP awards for excellence, recognizing excellence in practice, education, research and management.
Fellows and Distinguished Service Awards are nominated by peers, with applications demonstrating how nominees meet the criteria. Contributions are assessed by the CSP professional awards committee. It is a robust procedure ensuring that excellence is recognized, and that new Fellows and DSAs join the prestigious established group.
Many Fellows and distinguished members attended, applauding the nominees and welcoming the winners to the club. This annual CSP tradition is important for the profession, and a true celebration for proud colleagues, friends and relatives.
Comment and reaction from just a few of this year's winners at the annual Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Awards. Using an iPhone? Click to see CSP video for iPhone.
Amongst the established Fellows attending were Lois Dyer and Ida Bromley, former Chairs of Council, both of whom Vice Chair of Council Helena Johnson and I have admired since the beginning of our careers. We were thrilled to meet them.
Lois was the first Chair to also be a physiotherapist. This seems strange, these days, but previously all Chairs of Council had been medical doctors. It was a measure of our professional confidence that a physiotherapist was elected. This was in the early 1970s, when Helena and I were beginning our careers. We both remember Lois’ election being relayed to us as a moment in history.
Ida also instigated radical change. During her time the Department of Health agreed and approved the first physiotherapy degree. From talking with her, it was a moment when ministers gave physiotherapists a window of opportunity, without realizing the potential consequences. Ida and the profession seized the chance. There was no looking back.
I’m sure that in the future our new fellows will have stories to tell about the part that they have played, or will play, in the development of the profession. At the Hotel Russell, the Awards of Excellence played out in Hollywood style, with nominations in four categories and a final overall winner. All were announced on stage, with inspirational music and the opening of golden envelopes.
The overall winners were the Fit for Work (UK) team from the National Sports Centre, London. They provide comprehensive occupational health services for a range of public and private organizations. They have achieved great success in the past 12 months, most notably through work with the DVLA. They have reduced musculoskeletal absence by at least 33% with resultant savings of £2.6million.
Not only is this an excellent achievement, but it provides a working example of how cost effectiveness is crucial to making the business case for physiotherapy.
So well done to Fit for Work (UK) team, all the other nominees, winners and new Fellows and DSAs for rising to the occasion. Everyone involved in this year’s awards delivered Oscar-worthy performances, creating a fabulous day for physiotherapy in the UK.