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ARC 2013 - Stewards shine at annual awards

Without the work of committed reps in the workplace and at university the CSP would have no voice or presence.

This was the message from Alex MacKenzie, chair of the industrial relations committee, at the 2013 Rep of the Year awards.

She praised the reps’ work and achievements.

‘Reps are volunteers and they often devote large amounts of their own time to campaigning and negotiating for better working lives, as well as representing and recruiting CSP members.

‘Their work can sometimes seem never ending and thankless, so this is an opportunity to say a big thank you for their amazing efforts.’

  • The winner of the CSP Steward of the Year award was Shona Cain, a physio at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, who was praised for her tireless work for the trust and for her passionate representation of members in the workplace.

Her achievements include organising a ‘phenomenal response’ to the pensions campaign.

She has also been instrumental in encouraging staff to attend the trust’s board meetings and have their say about the planned closure of an A&E department.

Ms Cain thanked members for their support - ‘especially at such a difficult time for the trust’.

  • Hannah Weden, a physio at Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, was named CSP Safety Rep of the Year

Mrs Weden has led a number of major campaigns that have championed health and safety initiatives and improved members’ working lives.

She carried out a stress survey, presenting the results to the head of department and ensuring that measures were taken to address the issues raised.

Mrs Weden said: ‘So much of our work can be done behind the scenes and so many reps work so hard for their members, so these awards are a great testament to the work that can be done. Many more people deserve them!’

  • Lucy Stark, a student at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, was named CSP Student Rep of the Year.

Ms Stark was nominated for her commitment to improving life for physiotherapy students in Scotland. She has been described as ‘inspiration for members to get active within the CSP’, delegates at the ceremony heard.

Ms Stark is involved in dealing with the implications of the Protection of Vulnerable Adults scheme in Scotland, focusing in particular on its potential impact on allied health profession students.

Commenting on her award she said: ‘I am very honoured to have received this award from the CSP, which acknowledges not only my own contributions, but also the hard work and commitment of all the student representatives.’

  • Lucy Cocker, was highly commended for her work as a student rep at the University of Birmingham.

She set up a scheme of free evening lectures for students and unemployed graduates.

  • Claire Harding, from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust was highly commended for her work as a safety rep.

The awards were supported by Thompsons Solicitors.

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