World Physiotherapy marks outstanding contributions to the profession

Three CSP Fellows have won a range of honours for making an outstanding contribution to the profession at an international level.

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Darren Brown receiving his international service award for practice from World Physiotherapy president Emma Stokes

The awards were presented on 3 June at the World Physiotherapy Congress 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

World Physiotherapy international service awards were awarded to Nicola Phillips (for management and administration) and Darren Brown (for practice).

Nicola Phillips, pictured left, being presented with her award by a colleague who attended the congress
Nicola Phillips, pictured left, being presented with her award by a colleague, Valerie Sparkes, who attended the congress

Nicola has worked with elite athletes at many Commonwealth and Olympic Games over the last 36 years, including head physiotherapist with the GB and Wales teams, and chef de mission for team Wales.

Darren has led the HIV rehabilitation service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust for 11 years, which is globally recognised as an exemplar in HIV rehabilitation.

Darren also received an outstanding poster presentation award from the World Physiotherapy Europe region for his abstract, Conceptualising the Episodic Nature of Disability Among Adults Living with Long Covid: Qualitative Study. 

Valerie Taylor, founder and coordinator at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), in Savar, Bangladesh, was presented with a World Physiotherapy Humanitarian Service award 2023.

CRP now has 100 beds for people with spinal cord injury, many of whom require subsidised care, and has established 10 small treatment centres across Bangladesh. 

About the World Physiotherapy awards

The World Physiotherapy awards programme recognises outstanding contributions by physiotherapists to the profession and/or global health at an international level. There are several categories of award, all presented every four years at the time of the general meeting.

About the World Physiotherapy Congress 2023

The World Physiotherapy Congress 2023 took place from 2-4 June. More than 2,000 physiotherapists from 127 countries/territories attended.

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