Birmingham Children’s Hospital physio wins international award

Birmingham Children’s Hospital principal transplantation physiotherapist Jemma Mears flew out to New York to receive an outstanding achievement award from the International Rehabilitation and Transplant Association.


Jemma Mears has practised at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital for nearly 20 years

On 1 July she was at the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan where the association’s president, US professor of surgery and paediatrics Debra Sudan, presented the award for her contribution over 15 years to intestinal transplantation.

The award recognised her significant contributions to transplantation for children with intestinal failure, including her positive impact on multidisciplinary collaboration.

Her primary areas of interest include developmental delay associated with liver disease, and the long-term physical outcomes of children with intestinal failure and transplant.

She was proud to receive the award and said that it would help to raise the profile of physiotherapists in a field typically dominated by surgeons, medics and nurses.

‘Lots of children now survive intestinal transplantation and I think it will help to ensure they get the physiotherapy integral to their rehabilitation and improve their long-term physical outcomes,’ she said.

Ms Mears has practised at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital for nearly 20 years, and since 2002 she has worked with children after liver and intestinal transplants.

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