‘Unsung hero’ wins award

A former NHS physio manager has been named an ‘unsung hero’ for her work promoting activity among youngsters.


NHS physio manager Alison Avil receives her award from one of the event organisers

Alison Avil, who worked at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust, before taking redundancy three years ago, received an unsung hero award at the Harborough Sports Award before Christmas.

It was her second award of the year after she won the School and Community Partnership Award at the South Leicestershire School Sports Partnership Awards.

Ms Avil, who is still a practising physio, helped raise funds to introduce mini squash walls into local primary schools, and to build two new squash courts at her local club, which will help more people become active.

She also runs clinical pilates classes at the club and she triages older people for her district council’s Steady Steps scheme aimed to prevent falls.

‘Since taking redundancy from the NHS after 24 years’ service, getting involved in community based work at getting people active has been great and very rewarding,’ said Ms Avil, who now practices physiotherapy privately.

‘People shouldn’t underestimate the skills they learn when working within the NHS that aren’t just clinical.’

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