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Help for Heroes’ recovery director made president of musculoskeletal physios’ network

30 July 2014 - 2:24pm

A retired army colonel, who had extensive rehabilitation after being wounded while serving in Afghanistan, has become president of a CSP professional network.

David Richmond. Photo: Help for Heroes

David Richmond is the president of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). When with 5th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2008, Colonel Richmond was injured near Musa Qaleh in Afghanistan.

After his right femur was shattered, Colonel Richmond had numerous operations to lengthen his damaged leg. He also spent time at Headley Court, the armed forces’ rehabilitation centre in Surrey.

Colonel Richmond is the recovery director with Help for Heroes, holding responsibility for the organisation’s four recovery centres in England. In addition, he oversees the charity’s sports recovery training programme.

He told Frontline: ‘I was honoured to be asked to be president of the MACP. Having undergone complex trauma rehabilitation at Headley Court, and with experience from my current role, I hope to bring insight and knowledge to the association.’

Clair Hebron, chair of MACP’s executive committee and a senior lecturer in physiotherapy, said: ‘As recovery director for the charity Help for Heroes, we feel that David is ideally placed to understand the key role that physical therapists play in maximising recovery following all types of injury.’

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