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Inspirational work of Eastbourne physiotherapist recognised

CSP press release published on 16 November 2009

Runner up for Physiotherapist of the Year Award 2009 (nominated by professionals) is Rachel Wilson.

The winners and runners up in the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) annual awards were announced at a celebratory lunch today (16 November) at the Hotel Russell in London. These awards celebrate the achievements of physiotherapists and associated health professionals across the UK, working in many areas of health and disability, to support people in achieving a better quality of life.

Rachel was nominated by Susan Wyatt for her inspirational work at Chaseley Trust nursing home in Eastbourne (East Sussex NHS Trust). Mrs Wyatt comments that Rachel has significantly developed services for people with severe physical disabilities, not only for the people at the nursing home, but also for those in the community. This summer, Rachel walked the 26 mile South Downs Marathon, taking around nine hours, to raise money for a local charity. As a result of her fund-raising efforts she introduced a sound beam system that converts physical movements into sound. This enables severely disabled people to experience the joy of creating music and sounds. Rachel also recently pioneered the trial of a virtual reality system which not only helps to motivate people with physical disabilities to take part in physical therapy but also to exercise their limbs passively or with assistance.

The nominated awards, sponsored this year by Elsevier, worldwide publishers of science and health information, are:

  • Physiotherapist of the Year - nominated by patients
  • Physiotherapist of the Year - nominated by professionals
  • Outstanding Newcomer of the Year (maximum of 18 months post qualification)
  • Support Worker of the Year (Associate member of the CSP)

Distinguished Service Awards as well as a number of Fellowships of the CSP were also announced for outstanding contributions in the field of physiotherapy.

Ann Moore, Chair of the Professional Awards Panel at the CSP, comments: "These awards reflect not only the wide range of work undertaken by physiotherapists and support workers but also their high degree of dedication and expertise. I am truly proud of our profession for not only striving to resolve patients' health problems and provide the best quality of life for people they work with but also for continually looking for ways to develop themselves and their profession above and beyond their day to day work - which is all to the benefit of both patients and our colleagues in other health professions." Ends
For more information, please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 6111. Out of hours please call Jennie Edmondson, Head of Press and PR, on 07786 332197.

Notes to editors

  • 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. Previous press releases can be seen on this website.
  • 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


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