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British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT)

Full name: 
British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT)
Area of interest: 
The management of hand conditions
Eve Dunn
01394 610 131


PO Box 304
Woodbridge IP12 9EX
United Kingdom

The British Journal of Hand Therapy (peer reviewed quarterly journal)

Continuing professional development: 

Regional network There is an informal system of regional groups in some areas.

Peer support/mentorship A visitor scheme is in place. This consists of a list of centres around the country that have agreed to host observers/visitors for educational purposes. BAHT committee members are listed in the journal and can be contacted individually for advice.

Publications A quarterly peer-reviewed journal, indexed in the following electronic databases: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) and the Occupational Therapy databases OTDBASE and OT BibSys. Publications and references, together with memorandum, articles of association and Standards of Hand Therapy are sent to new members. There is also a publicity leaflet which provides basic information and contact details for BAHT.

Suggested reading list A list of recommended reading is included in information sent to new members.

Conferences and study days There is an annual two-day conference. Every three years, this is held in conjunction with British Society of Surgery of the Hand.

Formal courses offered/recommended Validated BAHT Level 1 and 2 courses Level 1 - 3 day courses intended for physiotherapists with minimal experience in hand injuries. Level 2 - 3 day course which develops competence in a specialist aspects of hand therapy. Designed for therapists with more than 2 years experience in the field of hand therapy or those who have successfully completed a Level 1 course. Accredited Hand Therapists (BAHT) - this postgraduate qualification is awarded to applicants who have successfully completed Level 1 and 2 courses and who have demonstrated appropriate competence in one area of hand therapy, or to applicants who have gained accreditation of prior learning from BAHT in the field of hand therapy.

Promoting research: 

Promoting research awareness Research is published in the BAHT journal and the group runs workshops on how to start a research project. A research and development officer has been appointed to facilitate and co-ordinate research and development and evidence-based practice initiatives.

Research/education awards Bursaries are available to therapists who have been members for at least three years. These include a higher degree bursary, international conference bursary, travel awards, educational bursary and research bursary.

Who can join: 

Full membership is open to occupational therapists and physiotherapists working with or interested in hand injuries and therapy and offers the following benefits:

  • access to the network of British hand therapists through meetings and the annual membership list
  • Entitlements to reduced rates at BAHT conferences and study days and access to BAHT bursaries.

Associate membership is open to allied disciplines (surgeons, nurses, technical instructors and other allied health professionals), other non-profit making associations and to overseas therapists working or interested in hand therapy.

Student membership and commercial membership are also available.

Expectations of members: 

It is expected that members will actively participate in BAHT and help to extend its knowledge base by contributing to the journal and attending and presenting at BAHT courses and conferences.

Subscription details: 

Full embers £45 Associates (Overseas) £50 Associates Assistants/TI £15 Student: £15 Overseas: £50 Corporate: £5 Reduction for direct debit: Yes

Outcome measures: 

Bialocerkowski AE, Grimmer KA and Bain GI, (2000), A systematic review of the content and quality of wrist outcome instruments, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 12, 2, 149 - 157.

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