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Physios lead research awards

6 March 2009 - 4:05pm

The CSP has congratulated member Tracey Howe (pictured centre) for winning a key category in the annual Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Scientists Awards.

Winning the innovation in recruitment and careers development award, Professor Howe and fellow director Susan Kerr were recognised for their work at Glasgow Caledonian University’s HealthQWest graduate school,  a research consortium for the west of Scotland to build research capacity among AHPs, nurses and midwives.

Research standing turned around

Judges said their team achieved an ‘extraordinary turnaround’ in just three years: the research standing for AHPs and nurses went from bottom of the UK league to the top.

‘Along the way students were encouraged to develop their research skills and research-mindedness for the benefit of patient care.’

The judges said it was an 'incredible feat' to get several major academic institutions to work together in this way.

Other physios do well

Shortlisted in the same category were Bristol primary care trust physiotherapists Claire Chapman and Claire Madsen for their initiative in developing a clinical supervision model to support newly qualified physios.

In the promoting health and well being in hard-to-reach communities category, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde physiotherapist Nicola Nairn was shortlisted alongside occupational therapist colleague Hazel Kelly for their work with elderly people living in the community who have fallen, to speed recovery and prevent recurrence.

Gwent Healthcare trust physiotherapist  Cara Hopgood and occupational therapist colleague Lisa Powell were shortlisted in the Best of Wales award for the Abergavenny therapy outreach service, a joint venture between OT and physiotherapy to meet rehabilitation needs in the community.

Thinking ahead to next year's awards

CSP chief executive Phil Gray attended the AHP & HS Awards on 26 February, organised by Chamberlain Dunn, publishers of the specialist report series Employing Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Scientists.

He said: ‘This is an excellent set of awards and many congratulations to the physiotherapists and AHP winners. It is also important that physiotherapists are thinking now about putting forward their services for these awards next year.’

Also pictured left to right: Chamberlain Dunn managing director Alison Dunn, Susan Kerr, Tracey Howe, NHS Ayrshire and Arran head orthoptist Hazel McWhinnie and Scottish chief allied health professions officer Jacqui Lunday

Physio centre placed high on influential list

Meanwhile, in other awards over the past week, Connect Physical Health (Centres) Ltd were positioned 29th in the top 100 Healthcare organisations to work for in the UK. Connect also won the award for top healthcare employer in the field of work-life balance.


The list, researched by Ipsos MORI on behalf of Health Service Journal and Nursing Times, and supported by NHS Employers, is based on the results of an exclusive poll of the employees of registering organisations.



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