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OBE ‘honours all physiotherapists’

13 June 2011 - 12:57pm

Former CSP chair of council Liz Cavan has described receiving an OBE as a ‘wonderful honour’.

Liz Cavan OBE

Mrs Cavan (right) was awarded the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honours list at the weekend, for services to healthcare in Northern Ireland.

‘It is great to have a physiotherapist and that their work is recognised,’ she told Frontline, on her way to chair a meeting of the Allied Health Professions Federation Northern Ireland today.

‘This honours all physiotherapists. It honours the whole profession and it recognises the important part we play in healthcare.

‘It is wonderful to have an honour for something you love doing and that you really believe in,’ she said.

Forty years experience

Mrs Cavan qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1971. She worked in the Royal Victoria and Daisy Hill Hospitals before becoming director of allied health professions with Newry and Mourne Trust, until her retirement in 2007.

She has been an active member of the CSP Northern Ireland Board for over 30 years and was central to the establishment of the CSP Belfast office. In 2007 she was elected chair of the CSP UK Council for a two-year term. 

One of Mrs Cavan’s daughters is a physiotherapist and the other a doctor.

Well deserved

‘Congratulations, Liz, on a national honour's recognition that was well deserved,’ said CSP chief executive Phil Gray, noting her long service to the profession and the society.

‘Liz was one of the early CSP regional stewards for Northern Ireland,’ said Mr Gray.

She went on to become a senior NHS manager and played a major national leadership role for many years in the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Management, now the professional network Leaders and Managers of Physiotherapy Services.

‘She has been chair of the then CSP professional practice committee, vice chair of Council,  chair of Council, vice chair of the Allied Health Professions Federation,’ Mr Gray said.

Rowena Hughes MBE

‘She is currently the chair of the CSP research committee, among many other roles supporting the profession over many years.’

MBE for paediatric physio

Rowenna Hughes (right), who worked at King’s College hospital in London as a paediatric physiotherapist for 30 years, was awarded an MBE.

Now retired, she is an elected staff governor representing King’s support staff, who, she said, 'contribute so importantly to the well-being of the hospital.'

Rowena Hughes - photo © King's College Hospital

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