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Physios recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

15 June 2015 - 4:57pm

Two physiotherapists have received recognition in the Queen’s 2015 birthday honours list.

Physios recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Jane Rankin and Jan Smith

Jane Rankin (MBE)

Jane Rankin, lead for the Lymphoedema Network Northern Ireland, was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to physiotherapy and lymphoedema treatment.

As well as her work for the lymphoedema network Ms Rankin is also lead oncology physiotherapist at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre, part of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. She told Frontline: ‘I’m thrilled to have been awarded an MBE. In particular, because it is lovely to see two of the less well known areas of physiotherapy recognised – oncology and lymphoedema.

‘The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care has been lobbying on behalf of both specialities for years and this gives me an opportunity to thank them for their support and enthusiasm.

‘Cancer survivorship is an evolving area of care and as it estimated that one in two of us will get cancer at some point physiotherapists need to become accustomed to understanding cancer, its treatment and the associated potential side effects.

‘I have recently been advised that the new cancer prevention strap line is “sitting is the new smoking” –so this is a perfect opportunity for CSP members to lead on activity and exercise.’

As the acting chair of the British Lymphology Society (BLS) Ms Rankin added that receiving the honour would help her raise the profile of lymphoedema care and promote BLS campaigns.

She also expressed gratitude to all the ‘inspiring physiotherapists and multidisciplinary members’ she has met and worked with over the years.

‘I’d like to be able to share this with them; we are a relatively new specialism and we have a fantastic community of colleagues,’ she said.

Jan Smith (MBE)

Physiotherapist Jan Smith, former executive director of therapies and health science at Aneurin Bevan University health board, was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her service to therapy services in Wales.

Mrs Smith, who retired last year, held a number of clinical, management and professional adviser posts during her career, and was a past member of the CSP Welsh board.

She was appointed as the first therapy advisor to the Welsh government in 2000. This role saw her provide expert, impartial professional advice about therapy services, including physiotherapy, to government ministers and policy departments and aid the development of All Wales therapy specific strategies and policies.

Mrs Smith told Frontline that receiving the honour was both ‘humbling and gratifying’ and by accepting it she wanted to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of people working in therapy services across Wales.

‘I have been privileged to have enjoyed a long and varied career, and to have been of service to my patients, the public, my own physiotherapy profession and the wider family of therapy professions in Wales,’ she said.

‘We have achieved a great deal, raised the profile of our services and secured executive and senior position, but there remains much, much more to go for. Having passed the therapy adviser baton, and my more recent executive director baton, to others I will continue to watch their progress with great interest.’

Athletics and service to policing

Other notable recipients included long distance runner and former physiotherapist Jo Pavey, who was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to athletics.

And Geoffrey Crowther, chief medical advisor for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, who was also made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his service to policing in Northern Ireland.

Dr Crowther helped support an extended physiotherapy scheme, which provides rapid access to treatment for injured police officers.


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