What an inspiration...

The Society held its prestigious annual awards ceremony, marking its members’ achievements, at the Hotel Russell, London, on 12 November.

The CSP awards showcase the exceptional contributions made by members to physiotherapy and celebrate those people whose work has inspired patients, peers and fellow professionals  

Welcoming the new Fellows  

Six new CSP members became Fellows at the ceremony, in recognition of their work to advance the profession. The awards recognise their contribution in forwarding the boundaries of professional knowledge and furthering the aims of physiotherapy and the Society.  

The new Fellows, with their specific areas of achievement

  • Dr Lesley Dawson, chair of ADAPT, the Chartered Physiotherapists in International Health and Development (for promoting physiotherapy education internationally)

  • Lorraine Clapham, clinical educator and lecturer, Wessex Neurological Unit (rehabilitation of patients with facial palsy)

  • Dr Sheila Lennon, senior lecturer in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ulster (research into the Bobath Based Therapy approach in neurological conditions)

  • Professor Sarah Tyson, president of the Society for Research into Rehabilitation and the Physiotherapy Research Society (raising the standards of stroke physiotherapy)

  • Dr Fiona Jones, programme leader for the MSc in Rehabilitation at St.George’s University of London and Kingston University (treatment of patients with neurological conditions)

  • Dr Penelope Butler, lead physiotherapist and director of The Movement Centre (management of children with cerebral palsy)

Lorraine Clapham, who works at the NHS Wessex Neurosciences Centre, was overwhelmed by her Fellowship award and described the acknowledgement as ‘truly humbling’. Lorraine was recognised for her 35 year career in neuroscience as well as her pioneering work in the rehabilitation of patients with facial palsy. Her facial rehab group, the Face Place, is the first of its kind in the UK. Commenting on the event she said: ‘It’s a celebration of success for the whole Society. I think it’s brilliant. It’s going to inspire others and we are going to be behind them pushing them forward helping to ensure they are recognised for their practice as well.’ Visit: www.suht.nhs.uk/OurServices/Nervoussystem Receiving a Fellowship was a ‘huge honour’ said

Penny Butler,

director of The Movement Centre. She credited her professional colleagues for their contribution to her success in the field of paediatric physiotherapy. ‘To be recognised in such a way by your professional colleagues is the ultimate accolade,’ she said. Penny currently works with children, especially those with cerebral palsy, to improve movement control and hopes in future to apply her methods to adults and stroke care. Visit: www.the-movement-centre.co.uk

Award for Excellence

The Fit for Work team, from National Sports Centre London, were the overall winners in this category and also received the award for Enhancing Occupational health and keeping people ‘fit for work’. The team specialises in providing occupational health services, maintaining the health of employees and helping people off sick with muscular conditions to return ‘fit for work’, as quickly and efficiently as possible. Three members of the team were present to receive the award:

  • Ishmael Beckford,

  • Nic O’Brien and

  • Gareth King.

Nic O’Brien, 

a physio for Fit for Work who also works for the Financial Times and Great Ormond Street Hospital, described their overall win as a massive surprise. ‘We were hoping for the occupational health award, but to get the overall award is mind-blowing,’ he said. Commenting on a past CSP report, which revealed that only 12% of businesses provide any type of MSK services, Nic said: ‘I think this is an area of physiotherapy that has the most potential for growth.’  

Ishmael Beckford,

a physio for Fit for Work, described the team’s win as highly relevant, given the mounting media attention about maintaining people within work, especially those off with sickness. ‘The fact that all the reforms are coming in right now highlights the need for more occupational health provision,’ said Ishmael. ‘About 50% of people are off work due to musculoskeletal problems. Physios are musculoskeletal experts, so we are the people best placed to deal with that.’ Team member

Gareth King,

 a physio for the DVLA in Swansea, anticipated that their win would inspire others. ‘Hopefully more physios will realise that this is a different area that they can go into. www.fitforworkuk.co.uk

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. For more information see: www.lymphedemapeople.com

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.’ For more information: www.nelctp.nhs.uk

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.’ For more info: www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk


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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