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Travel award will fund vocational rehab study

Neurorehabilitation physiotherapist Yvonne Barrett has been awarded a Winston Churchill travel fellowship to explore vocational rehab models in Australia and New Zealand.

‘The aim is to research, observe and investigate how vocational rehabilitation is delivered in some countries that have long established systems,’ she explained.

Yvonne Barrett, who is employed by Newham PCT in east London, has recently completed a year’s secondment at band 7 with a specialist community neuro rehab service.

‘Many of our clients are unemployed, not necessarily by choice but by their circumstances,’ she said. ‘There is a lack of services where staff have the appropriate skills to help them find or get back into employment or other meaningful activities.

‘The ability to work is central to the lives and well-being of most of us. Being long-term unemployed can have a dramatic effect on people’s perceived role and usefulness to their community.’

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offers fellowships to British citizens resident in the UK, and from all walks of life, to acquire knowledge and experience abroad.

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