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CSP Awards - Celebration time as physios recieve awards and fellowships

Dr Helena Johnson, treasurer and former chair of the CSP council, joined physiotherapists from across the UK for the society’s 2013 awards in London, when she handed out nine fellowships and honorary fellowships.

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Sue Rees, Helena Johnson and Helen Bristow at the 2013 CSP Awards

At the ceremony, held on 22 November at the Hotel Russell, Dr Johnson gave the awards in recognition of individuals who have carried out exceptional work within physiotherapy or contributed outstanding service to the CSP.

Fellows are CSP members of at least 10 years’ standing, while honorary fellowships are awarded to non-members who have made an outstanding contribution to physiotherapy.

Awards were also made to nine members for distinguished service. A further four awards went to members for service excellence.

The event is sponsored by Elsevier, publishers of science and health information and Physiotherapy Journal.

Double first for lymphoedema team

A team of Swansea physiotherapists won two prizes at the CSP’s 2013 service excellence awards for their specialist work with lymphoedema patients.

The lymphoedema service at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg NHS University Health Board was named ‘physiotherapy service of the year’ and won the award for ‘delivering quality and impact’.

Since it was established in 2001 the service has developed to provide services for 2,000 patients a year, including specialist assessment, treatment, advice and information, exercise and health promotion schemes in local leisure services.

Melanie Thomas, lead Macmillan lymphoedema clinical specialist physiotherapist, said: ‘We’re so excited – all of us.’

Prize for raising physio profile – and saving £250k

Oswestry physiotherapist Michael Delahey won the service excellence award for ‘raising the profile of the profession’.

Mr Delahay, from the therapy outpatient team at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Shropshire picked up the accolade for implementing and leading a scheme which has provided NHS staff with access to in-house physiotherapy treatment and screening for potential movement problems.

The service has reduced sickness absences due to musculoskeletal disorders, saving the trust an estimated £250,000 and improving patient care through a reduction in cancelled appointments and waiting times.

‘We are continuing our work, trying to expand it and the next phase is going to be functional movement screening for our staff to try and highlight any potential injuries,’ he said.

Leadership prize winner praises team

The ‘demonstrating leadership’ award went to Frances Hunt, physiotherapy clinical manager of outpatient services at Torbay Hospital, part of South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

She was chosen for initiatives, including the introduction of a seven-day inpatient service and implementation of patient self-referral, which cut waiting times and saved money for the NHS.

Asked how she felt about winning the award, Ms Hunt said: ‘Amazed! Absolutely gobsmacked!

But you can only be a leader if you have good people around you.

They like sorting out the problems as they come along and actually they make it very easy for me.

They like to take on new things, and I am lucky to be in an environment where we are encouraged to innovate.’

‘Over the moon’ at patient pathways prize

A service to provide patients with the ability of continue their rehabilitation at home, supported by the same staff, won the ‘redesign of patient pathways’.

The therapy early supported discharge team at Bradford Royal Infirmary was chosen for enabling the early discharge of patients with a wide range of conditions, and saving the trust more than 2,300 bed days in a year.

Jill Gregson, head of therapy at hospital, said: ‘We are over the moon about winning this award, particularly because it is good recognition for the hard work of all our staff who really pulled the stops out this last two years to look at different patient pathways, to implement them and to make a tremendous difference for patient outcomes.’

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Professor Tim Watson received his fellowship for his advancement of the evidence base for electrotherapy and as an educator.

He is professor of physiotherapy at the University of Hertfordshire and visiting professor at Shenzhen Pain Management Centre, China.

He has contributed to electrotherapy books and he has edited texts on the subject which have been translated into other languages.

Dr Karen Barker for her contribution to the profession through her leadership, innovative management, service redesign and musculoskeletal research. Dr Barker is the clinical director of the musculoskeletal division at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and director of the physiotherapy research unit at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.  

Dr Jennifer Freeman in recognition of her contribution to increasing the evidence base of physiotherapy rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions, and in particular multiple sclerosis.

Dr Freeman has contributed to more than 20 books and has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles on topics related to neurophysiotherapy.

Dr Lisa Roberts in recognition of her contribution to physiotherapy as a leader, clinician, researcher and educator.

She is a senior lecturer in physiotherapy and a consultant physiotherapist, providing clinical leadership to the musculoskeletal outpatient department at Southampton University Hospital Trust.

Professor Maria Stokes for her research within the physiotherapy profession.

She leads musculoskeletal research at the University of Southampton, as well as the Southampton arm of the Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis.

Her work spans the activity spectrum from elite sportspeople to frail older people.

Karen Middleton for the advancement of the physiotherapy profession, developing leadership capacity and promoting professionalism, through her role as chief allied health professions officer at NHS England.

Ms Middleton is the professional and strategic leader for 86,000 AHPs.

In 2012 she was awarded a CBE and this year was named in the Health Service Journal’s top 100 healthcare leaders.

Professor Gwendolen Jull (honorary fellowship) in recognition of her global impact in the field of quantitative and experimental musculoskeletal research.

Nicola Hunter for her contribution to physiotherapy in the field of occupational health. Ms Hunter was one of the first physiotherapists in the UK to develop and deliver a patient centred, bio-psychosocial approach to the management of musculoskeletal conditions.

In 2009 the CSP recognised her work and its positive impact on workers and named her ‘physiotherapist of the year’.

Dr Fiona Cramp for her work on the development of physiotherapy-related research, research mentorship and physiotherapy education.

She is an editor for the Cochrane Collaboration on pain, palliative and supportive care. Her expertise as a research mentor was recognised by her appointment as director of postgraduate research studies for the faculty of health and life science at the University of the West of England.

Distinguished service awards went to:

  • Helen Bristow in recognition of her work in enhancing the profile of physiotherapy at the Olympic Games, as a clinical educator, and as chair of the London Regional Network.
  • Claire Harding in recognition of her contribution to the CSP health and safety representative network.
  • Berna Lindfield for her work in advancing the profession of veterinary physiotherapy and her contribution to education in this area.
  • Pauline Walsh for her contribution to the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health over nearly 20 years
  • Claire Oldroyd in recognition of her contribution to the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Independent Healthcare, including enabling physios to exchange knowledge and support each other.


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