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

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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: Annette Leveridge

Annette Leveridge trained at the London School of Occupational Therapy.  Upon completion of her studies she assumed a Basic Grade Post at Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood.  In 1973, after a short career break, she gained a part time post in Rheumatology at Mount Vernon Hospital working with Dr Barbara Ansell, Consultant Rheumatologist, and Mr Douglas Harrison, Consultant Plastic Surgeon.  In 1976 Annette became Senior Occupational Therapist for Plastic Surgery, Burns and Hands before becoming Head of the Occupational Therapy Department whilst maintaining the specialist lead role.  In 1996 she retired from this role but continued practicing, doing locum work at The Windsor Hand Clinic and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and private practice at Bishopswood Hospital, Northwood.

Annette had an instrumental part in BAHT’s history.  In February 1984 she was a founding member and became a member of the Executive Committee, taking on the role of Newsletter Editor.  In 1989 she became the Chair of BAHT.  Annette was very interested in Postgraduate Education and sat on the inaugural Education Committee in 1989 and became Secretary for several years.  She was responsible for setting up the Postgraduate Education System, which leads to the award of Certified Hand Therapist (BAHT).  She was also responsible for setting up the Accreditation for Prior Learning along with Naomi Fraser Holland and other members of the Education committee.  She is currently Assessor and Advisor for BAHT Postgraduate Education courses and Accreditation applications.

During her time as Chair of BAHT Annette attended the IFSHT conference and took an interest in Hand Therapy at an International level.  In 1995 in Helsinki she was elected to the Executive Board of IFSHT and served on the board until 2007 taking on the roles of Historian, Secretary General and President.  Between 2007 and 2010 she was the Chair of the IFSHT Postgraduate Committee.  She was also a founding council member of the EFSHT.

Throughout her career she regularly presented papers, lectures and taught on subjects encompassing Burns, Peripheral Nerve Injuries, Scar Management and Orthotics across the UK and internationally.  She is the co-author of a chapter on Burns of the Hand in Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Limb by Rosemary Prosser and Bruce Connoly.  She co-authored a chapter on Hand Burns in Hand Therapy Principles and Practice by Maureen Salter and Lynn Cheshire.  In Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction: Principles, Skills and Practice by Ann Turner, Margaret Foster and Sybil Johnson she was the author of a chapter pertaining to Peripheral Nerve Injuries.  She was also editor of Therapy for The Burn Patient, Chapman and Hall.

Annette was the second recipient of the Natalie Barr award recognising her substantial contribution to hand therapy.