Professional Awards panel

The Professional awards panel consider nominations for the CSP awards of Honorary Fellowship, Fellowship and Distinguished Service.

Panel membership 2018 - 2021

Sonya Lam (Chair)

Sonia Lam, Chair of the Professional Awards Panel
Sonia Lam, Chair of the Professional Awards Panel

Sonya is an independent advisor with over 37 years of NHS experience and 19 years of multi-professional leadership at national, regional and health board levels. This includes strategic, operational and project development roles within two major teaching trusts and two special health boards in both England and Scotland. 

Sonya has been a registrant council member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) since 2014 and has been recently appointed as a non-executive director in NHS Borders with a specific remit for whistleblowing.

Sonya was appointed as the first Director of Allied Health Professions (AHPs) for NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in 2006, where she had a portfolio of responsibilities for nine professional groups regulated by the HCPC. 

Prior to her managerial and leadership posts, Sonya was a clinical specialist physiotherapist in respiratory care. She was awarded a Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2011.

Anne Forster (FCSP)

Anne Forster, Fellowship of the CSP
Anne Forster, Fellowship of the CSP

After 10 years as a clinical physiotherapist, Anne took up a new role with John Young, a consultant geriatrician, as a research physiotherapist in Bradford Hospitals. Over the next few years they were able to build up their research team. This successful unit is still based in Bradford Royal Infirmary, but has since become part of the University of Leeds. Anne was appointed Reader in Elderly Care and subsequently gained a personal Chair in Stroke Rehabilitation. Anne was Clinical Lead of the Yorkshire Stroke Research Network for 10 years.

Anne is now Head of the Academic Unit of Ageing and Stroke Research, University of Leeds and is a NIHR Senior Investigator. The unit is a leading centre for applied health research in frailty, care home research and improving outcomes for people after stroke. The majority of the team's work is funded by the NIHR and undertakes mixed-methods research primarily focused on the development and evaluation of complex interventions. This includes undertaking two of the world’s largest stroke rehabilitation trials.

Anne was awarded a Fellowship of the CSP in 2011.

Vicki Johnson, CSP member
Vicki Johnson, CSP member

Vicki Johnson (CSP member)

Vicki qualified as a physiotherapist with a 1st class honours degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009. She then worked as a pulmonary rehabilitation research physiotherapist, and community respiratory physiotherapist before moving to work at the Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC). 

Vicki has always had a strong interest in research and long-term conditions. Most importantly, she thrives on making a difference and seeing the results with patients. Vicki has presented at various local, national and international conferences, written papers and is presently undertaking a leadership course.
Vicki is currently an education and research associate in LDC’s IMPACT team. They develop, test and deliver various self-management courses. These include ‘My Life After Stroke’; promoting healthy lifestyles for lorry drivers (SHIFT); ‘Healthy Goals’ for the South Asian population in conjunction with Leicester City Football Club; helping people be more active at work (SMART); and implementing their diabetes self-management programme (DESMOND) online.

Catherine McLoughlin, lay member
Catherine McLoughlin, lay member

Catherine McLoughlin (lay member)

Having completed general and mental health nursing training, Catherine practised as a mental health nurse specialising in child, adolescent and forensic psychiatry.

Catherine held many senior managerial posts including being CEO for Haringey Health Authority. Catherine’s last full-time post in the NHS was as Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England. Catherine retired early following brain surgery.

Catherine returned to the NHS as Chair of a health authority and a NHS Trust. Catherine was also the inaugural Chair of the NHS Confederation. In 1998 Catherine was awarded a CBE for services to the NHS.

Now Catherine is an associate director of Imperial College NHS Trust and undertakes similar activities for Bart’s Healthcare NHS Trust, which mainly involves chairing medical consultants appointments panels.

Catherine is involved in primary care network development and in cancer pathways at King’s College Hospital.

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