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Time to celebrate

The CSP’s annual awards ceremony honours those individuals and teams that have truly excelled in advancing the physiotherapy profession or improving services for others.

A celebratory ceremony and lunch held at London’s prestigious Hotel  Russell on 26 November saw  awards handed to fellows and honorary fellows, distinguished service award winners and to the teams scooping the top spots in the service excellence award categories.

The fellowships were awarded by former CSP chair, Sarah Bazin. CSP fellowships and honorary fellowships recognise those who have carried out exceptional work within the physiotherapy profession or contributed outstanding service to the society.

Fellows must be members of at least 10 years’ standing, whereas honorary fellowships go to non-members who have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of physiotherapy.

All nominations are considered by the society’s professional awards committee, chaired by Ann Thomson, and are awarded by CSP council.

This year’s fellowships went to:

Ann Compton - for her contribution to community physiotherapy.

In the early 1970s Ms Compton pioneered the establishment of community physiotherapy as an independent discipline.

She revolutionised physiotherapy community care by removing interprofessional barriers with patients and has since developed educational course content and established the professional network for community physiotherapists.

Jane Dixon - for her work in the field of continence and assessment of the pelvic floor muscles using real time ultrasound.

In 2005 Ms Dixon was the first chartered physiotherapist to achieve supplementary prescribing in continence.

She was a founder member of the Dynamic Ultrasound Group and published her work ‘Dynamic Imaging of the female Pelvic Floor’ in Urology News.

Former chair of CSP council Ann Green – for her contribution to physiotherapy education, supporting research, and her strong leadership of the profession.

She has developed MSc programmes, and has published widely. She also developed a professional doctorate at Coventry University.

Ms Green continues to contribute to CSP committees, sub-committees and national groups.

Jeremy Lewis – for his contribution to research, education and expert clinical practice in the conservative management and treatment of the shoulder.

Dr Lewis has spent the last decade researching and challenging clinical practice for shoulder impingement syndrome.

He has developed and organised six international evidence based physical therapy conferences and has taught extensively in the UK and across the globe.

Heather Muncey – for her contribution to the field of pain management and pain education.

Ms Muncey led the development of the first standards for physiotherapists working in pain management.

She was the founder member of the Physiotherapy Pain Association (PPA) and the first elected physiotherapist to the Council of the British Pain Society.

Sally Singh – for her contribution to the field of cardio-respiratory disease and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Professor Singh’s research in 1994 saw the development of the 10-metre shuttle walking test for patients with chronic airways limitation.

She is a member of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and is the past president of the ERS Rehabilitation and Chronic Care Group.

She was also a member of the NICE guidelines committee for COPD

Honorary fellowships went to:

June Crown – for her work in developing independent prescribing rights for physiotherapists.

Her Crown Reports, published in 1998 and 1999, explored the need for prescribing rights to be extended to a wider range of health professionals.

Prudence Galley – for her development of professional autonomy for physiotherapists and self referral.

Ms Galley’s papers on patient self referral have ensured her name is recognised by physiotherapists worldwide, and were the basis for the UK work on introducing self referral.

Lesley Mercer – for her contribution to the promotion and development of physiotherapy through her leadership of CSP Employment Relations and Union Services function.

Recently, Ms Mercer’s membership of the Social Partnership Forum (SPF) led to the CSP being able to influence policies related to Any Qualified Provider (AQP). She also worked with NHS Employers to develop their Rapid Access guidance and has ensured the CSP has a strong voice through the TUC.

Distinguished service awards went to:

Jennifer Archer – for her contribution to private practitioners and Physio First.

Lesley Cochrane – for her contribution to the profession in the field of women’s health.

Catherine Elliman – for her contribution to the CSP as regional steward for Northern Ireland.

Susan England – for her contribution to Physio First, CSP Council and the West Midlands English Regional Network.

Alison Fletcher – for her contribution to the development of a rehabilitation service to Kiwoko Hospital, Uganda.

Sonya Lam – (awarded in 2011 and presented this year) for her contribution to multi-professional leadership in Scotland.

Eric Lewis – for his contribution to Physio First and the CSP Regulatory Board.

Janice McNee – for her contribution to the advancement of the physiotherapy profession in Scotland.

Sarah Mitchell – for her contribution to the development of clinical guidelines for the physiotherapy management of osteoporosis, and the publication of the Scottish Executive’s Rehabilitation Framework in Scotland.

Carol Owen – for her commitment to the values of the profession through her work as an executive member of Physio First and as trustee of the Private Physiotherapy Educational Foundation (PPEF).

Jane Pyman – for her contribution to the post operative physiotherapy management of children with cerebral palsy and the establishment of British Association of Bobath Trained Therapists (BABTT).
Brian Simpson – for his contribution to the use of pulsed magnetic field therapy and his work with Physio First and CSP Council and committees.

Juliet Wilson – for her work as a CSP steward.

FAST Physio wins top service excellence award

A physiotherapy team that worked to lower staff sickness absence at its own trust took the top prize at the CSP’s annual awards event.

The FAST Physio team at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust was crowned overall Physiotherapy Team of the Year at the CSP Awards 2012 in the Service Excellence category.

This recognises physios who strive to make service improvements and enrich the patient experience.

FAST Physio took the title after being named winner in the ‘reducing health and social care costs’ category during the formal awards ceremony, held at the Hotel Russell in London on 26 November.

FAST Physio provides physiotherapy advice and support for its trust’s 7,000 staff. After launching in 2010 the team reduced musculoskeletal sickness rates from 14 just over nine per cent in December 2011.

The service also showed a return on investment of £367,000 in its first four months by reducing the number of temporary staff needed there.

There were gasps all round as – after winning in the ‘Reducing health and social care costs’ category the team won the overall prize.

‘I’m amazed,’ said Lee Barnes after hearing she and her team were winners. ‘We never expected to win.’

Everyone’s a winner

The awards ceremony featured three further categories in the service excellence awards.

The winners were:
Erewash Community Therapy Team, based at the Long Eaton Health Centre near Nottingham, which picked up the Optimising Skill Mix to Enhance Recovery Award for its work in preventing falls among the over-75s.

The team ran three pilot exercise programmes at local GP surgeries, designed to improve older peoples’ balance and mobility. It helped cut hip fractures among the over-75s who had fallen in the previous 12 months by 25 per cent and reduced fall-related hospital admissions by 12 per cent.

‘It’s amazing,’ said a delighted Sarah Spilsbury, after collecting the award with other physios from the team.

Leeds-based Physio Med, who won the Promoting Self Management Award for its innovative Physiotherapy Advice Line (PAL) service.

The PAL service allows workers to self manage their condition through a 10-day system involving telephone consultation and support, a personalised video-based exercise programme, ongoing physiotherapy advice, a self-management plan and follow-up assessment.

‘The whole team has worked really hard for this,’ said Mark Fletcher, one of the winners.

The clinical effectiveness group at University Hospital, Southampton, who won the Demonstrating Impact on Patient Outcomes Award for its wide range of service improvement initiatives.

Led by Dr Lisa Roberts, the group’s research support helped reduce waiting times for musculoskeletal outpatients by 12 weeks and cut the number of patients failing to attend appointments by six per cent.

‘We are all delighted,’ she said.

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