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NEW COURSE: 13th Southampton Hand Course - 'Hand Emergencies'

Login to the members area to download our AGM Minutes 2017 

Have your say in the future of physiotherpy - Physiotherapy Priority Setting Partnership: Final Workshop

More exciting BAHT Level I & II Validated Courses added - view details

iSARAH, RA Hand Exercise Training, free online course for Physios and OTs

View details of the next Midlands Regional Group meeting in Nottinham




Postoperative Hand Therapy Practice Patterns Following Trapeziectomy - Please·take part in this student survey - deadline·22/12/2017

Starting out in Research - 2 short courses on Getting Started



The Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery (Nottingham) have recently launched the HandSRev database. This is a listing of systematic reviews relevant to hand surgery (and hand therapy). An excellent resource and great place to start when looking for the latest evidence...

Useful document with staffing recommendations in hand therapy: Hand surgery in the UK: Manpower, resources, standards and training (BSSH 2007)

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Natalie Barr Award winner biography:

Kate Beresford KB2009_005_CROP

Kate Beresford trained at The Royal London Hospital and worked in the NHS before having a career break for family. She has three sons and a daughter.

1979 marked the beginning of a passion for Hand Rehabilitation with the referral of a seriously burn injured child. Between 1980 -1988, as Manager of Physiotherapy at The Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor, Kate ran a private practice Hand Service from the Physiotherapy Department for the Hand Surgeons in the Windsor area.

In 1988 Kate accepted the position of General Clinic Manager as well as Rehabilitation Manager, and commissioned The Hand Clinic in Windsor with David Evans FRCS, Consultant Hand Surgeon. This independent day surgery unit was modelled to provide a sophisticated operating theatre, consulting rooms and rehabilitation rooms all under one roof so that there was seamless communication between the surgeons, the therapists, the nurses and the patients. Kate remained in post at The Hand Clinic in Windsor between 1989-2004.

Kate has lectured widely including at The British Society for Surgery of the Hand Instructional Course, The Royal Society of Medicine Plastic Surgery Section, The Royal College of Surgeons, and on many occasions at The British Association of Hand Therapists Conferences on diverse subjects including the Acutely Injured Hand, Management of Trauma, Tendon transfer, Paediatric and Congenital Hands, Examination of the Cervical Spine, Pain in the Hand from a Symptomless Neck.

A combined paper ‘Pain in the Hand from a Symptomless Neck’ - Per Hall, David Evans, Kate Beresford was presented at BSSH 1995 and at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand 1996.

In 1991 Kate was tutor at the first BAHT Level 1 Accreditation Course held in Bristol covering the subjects of Functional Anatomy of the Hand, Hand Assessment, and Joint Range of Motion as practical workshops. Over subsequent years Kate continued to tutor for several further Level 1 Accreditation Courses on subjects including stiffness, contractures, muscle weakness, pain, therapy management of complex regional pain syndrome, management of crush injuries, fractures and joint injuries.

As a delegate Kate attended national and international conferences, including in Brussels, Dublin, Helsinki, Bologna, Barcelona and also chaired the Musicians Hand Session at EFSHT conference in Paris, and a Scientific Session at the combined BSSH & BAHT conference in Edinburgh, and was an invited speaker and member of the panel for Congenital Hand Disorders at IFSSH in Istanbul.

Publications include several contributions for the British Journal of Hand Therapy, and a book chapter in the Growing Hand, ‘The Juvenile Performing Artist’ – co- authors David Evans FRCS and Kate Beresford.

As proof reader and collaborative author Kate worked with Judy Colditz in 1998 on the production of Interactive Hand – Therapists Edition, and wrote the word document for the wrist, linking graphics, text and clinical keywords.

In 1997 Kate was the course organiser for the Windsor Anatomy Course, and following the initial success of this course it was run twice a year at The Hand Clinic giving hand therapists and trainee hand surgeons a unique learning experience as the anatomy was demonstrated by a faculty of Hand Surgeons. The course became accredited by the BSSH for trainee hand surgeons in 1998.

From 1992-1995 Kate was Editor of The British Journal of Hand Therapy, and Editor of the European Federation Newsletter in 1998. She was a committee member of BAHT 1994-1998. She is an invited Companion Member of the British Society for Surgery of The Hand.

Since receiving the Natalie Barr Award in 2000 Kate continued to work with a wide range of conditions including pain management and musicians’ injuries, and to lecture at further BAHT conferences. She initially headed up the rehabilitation programme, and subsequently devoted time over a decade to this charity work, for a hand surgery and rehabilitation project for Leprosy in India. She has been recognised as a medico-legal expert witness in Hand Function and Rehabilitation, and has also served a second term on the BAHT Executive Committee between 2008-2012.The Windsor Anatomy Course continues in its format, now known as The Windsor Anatomy Course at Kings.

In April 2014 Kate officially retired from clinical practice, but does currently have another educational project to consider with BAHT.

The Natalie Barr Award 2000 recognises contribution to hand therapy as a mentoring clinician, and through education as tutor for the foundation courses of the BAHT Accreditation Programme, for Lectures and Workshops at Conferences nationally and internationally, as organiser and co-establisher of The Windsor Anatomy Course, and as Editor of the British Journal of Hand Therapy. Kate was the fourth recipient of the award.