Prize winners

The award for Enhancing Self care and Independent Living went to Melanie Lewis, Lead Lymphodema Physiotherapy Specialist at Singleton Hospital in Swansea.

Melanie said it was a shock to win, but she was absolutely delighted. She was recognised by CSP for her breast cancer and prevention of lymphoedema service; a self management approach that has reduced costs and demonstrated a large range of benefits for patients.

‘Lymphoedema is such a chronic condition that any preventative strategies must be undertaken and wining this award will raise the profile of lymphoedema even further,’ she said.

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Rethinking the patient pathway

This award went to Pamela Hancock, physiotherapist for the North East Lincolnshire Care Trust. She heads the Hope Specialist Service (a combined chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and falls service) and oversees a multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers.  She told Frontline that the service was very much designed as a co-production between service users, volunteers, carers and staff. 

‘It is fantastic that a physio-led service working in this field has been honoured by the CSP,’ she said. ‘In these difficult economic times, our success is proof that a high quality, patient-centred, innovative and truly life-changing service can be achieved with limited resources.’

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Achieving excellence in learning, teaching, development or mentorship

Dr Orla Crummey won the award for achieving excellence in learning, teaching, development or mentorship. Dr Crummey is lead physiotherapist for musculoskeletal out-patient services in West Lothian, Scotland. Her work has included setting up a structured musculoskeletal service training programme, which has improved physiotherapists skills and patient outcomes. Dr Crummey described her work as a ‘fantastic fulfilment’ and described her pleasure at seeing physiotherapists flourish, improve their confidence and grow as people and professionals. 

‘Good CPD and training for staff not only improves the quality of patient care but also allows staff to develop and fulfil themselves in terms of their job, career and professions,’ she said.  Speaking about the value of the awards she added: ‘In these times of hardship and doom and gloom it’s lovely to have some good news and to see people rewarded for what they do.’

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Distinguished service

Rosalyn Thomas and Sally Roberts received Distinguished Services Awards for their outstanding service to the Society and excellence in their respective fields. Sally Roberts, President of Physio First, received her award in recognition of her longstanding work on behalf of the physiotherapy profession. She told Frontline she was extremely honoured to receive an award from the Society.

‘I have been privileged to work with a dedicated and hard working team at Physio First for many years...and I am so thrilled to have the contribution that private practitioners make to the profession recognised in this way.’

‘I think it’s lovely for physiotherapists to be recognised,’ said award winner Rosalyn Thomas, Treasurer of the International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health.

Rosalyn was recognised for promoting physiotherapy in women’s health and she expressed a hope that the award would raise the issue’s profile.  

‘It’s an opportunity to promote a very important area that is often overlooked, because of the taboo subject that it sometimes conjures up. Anything that can promote women’s health in the broader field is a good thing,’ she said.

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