Rachel Perry was one of more than 100 medical staff and charity workers recognised by Her Majesty the Queen for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The outpatient MSK physiotherapist at Kingston Hospital, south west London, received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for service to the NHS during the pandemic.
Ms Perry was nominated by a patient who was cared for by her when physiotherapy colleagues were redeployed in early 2020, to support with non-invasive ventilation for patients on Kingston Hospital’s high dependency unit.
An exert from the nomination exert: 'Her bedside manner and her approach to each of the patients brought a smile to each of us. Even when patients were very poorly Rachel continued to be a person who could turn a bad day around for those under her care.'
Ms Perry said: It’s lovely to have been nominated by a patient and to know that I had such an impact during their time in hospital.
I am delighted that the role physiotherapists played during the pandemic has been recognised. I feel that this award is for all of us.'
MBE for ice trek
Another CSP member on the Queen’s platinum jubilee honours list was Army physiotherapist Captain Preet Kaur Chandi, thought to be the first woman of colour to complete a solo and unsupported expedition across Antarctica, becoming a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
She told the BBC: ‘It feels incredible. I didn't think someone like me could get this. I'm honoured.’
The CSP also offers its congratulations to Linda Hindle, England’s deputy chief allied health professions officer, on her Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her pioneering work as the first allied health professional (AHP) to lead nationally on public health.
She said: 'I am delighted to receive this award for services to public health. It has been a pleasure and honour to work with AHPs over the past eight years to raise the profile of the important role we all play in improving and protecting the public’s health.'
CSP professional adviser Abigail Henderson said: ‘This is amazing news for Linda, a brilliant recognition of all her innovative work.’
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