A neuro physiotherapist received the Research and Innovation of the Year award at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust's annual awards ceremony.
Research physio Victoria Booth with her award
CSP member Victoria Booth works as a physio within the trust’s therapies department and is part of its research group.
Her research focus on why cognitive impairment is linked to a higher risk of falls, and how physiotherapy techniques might reduce the risk.
Dr Booth told Frontline: ‘To be recognised by the trust was incredible and made me and the work I have done to date feel really valued.
‘I know that research can help us be better clinicians and provide the best possible care to our patients. It certainly has in my case. The knowledge I have learnt about dementia, dual tasking and falls has already influenced the way I approach and treat my patients.
‘And I want to help other therapists to develop their research skills and hope I can be a support as well as a role model for others who want to progress this aspect of the careers.’
She added that she was grateful to ‘a long list of people’ who had provided her with support, encouragement and guidance.
Dr Booth trained for her PhD through the Alzheimer Society’s clinical training fellowship programme and received funding from the Healthcare Management Trust.
She recently wrote a column for Frontline about her experience as a research fellow
Author: Robert Millett
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