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West Bromwich physio wins national award for work with patients

CSP press release published on 22 January 2009

Rashmikant Shah, a chartered physiotherapist from West Bromwich, has won a professional award from the CSP

Rashmikant, 29, won the CSP award for his Achievement of Excellence in Enhancing Patients’ Experiences of Physiotherapy Treatment (patient nomination).

Lesley Betts, who this year experienced a severe Multiple Sclerosis attack, said, “My breathing deteriorated, I was unable to move my left arm, hands or legs and I needed 24-hour help. I felt very disabled and fairly hopeless. That all changed when I met my Rashmi. The unstinting support and encouragement that I received from him made all the difference. At a time when I was at my most vulnerable, Rashmi helped to restore my confidence”.

Another of Mr Shah’s patients, Mr Mohammad Hussain, 82, said: “After a major stroke, I was told I would not be able to walk again and I went from being an active and independent person, to feeling depressed and being completely dependent on others. Rashmikant had different ideas. He was determined that I would walk and regain my pride. Thanks to his unfailing commitment and dedication I walk again with assistance. My stroke also took away my ability to care for my grandchildren, who came to live with me after their father died, but thanks to Rashmikant I can still participate in their lives.”

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Awards 2008 celebrate the achievement of chartered physiotherapists who are delivering excellent services to patients, pushing the boundaries of practice, and engaging in research to the benefit of the profession. The awards were presented at a ceremony on 24 November 2008 at the Hotel Russell, London.

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. For more information, please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616/6163. Out of hours call 07795 564240.

 

2. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 49,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

3. NHS referrals to physiotherapy can be gained through your GP, or you can contact your local NHS physiotherapy department, to find out how you can get an appointment. Alternatively, find a private physiotherapist near you at www.physio2u.org.uk

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