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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: Bridget Ellis



Bridget qualified as a physiotherapist form Kings College London in 1976 and has been a hand therapist for over 30 years’. A large part of her career has been spent at Poole Hospital where she has been instrumental in the development of the service we are so proud of today. She spent many years working at Southampton University whilst also working as a clinical practitioner, as a lecturer on the undergraduate physiotherapy course where again she shared her love of the specialism of hand therapy and promoted its value as a career for physiotherapists entering the job market.  She has a masters’ qualification in physiotherapy and has been an active researcher in hand therapy culminating in more than 10 publications. She has been a regular and invited guest presenter at national and international conferences.

Bridget was the first hand therapist to be accredited in the UK and has achieved reaccreditation 2 times.  She has been a member of the BAHT education committee and is an external assessor for BAHT accredited courses. In addition to working with the hand therapy team at Poole Hospital she works as an extended scope physiotherapy practitioner alongside the orthopaedic surgeons’ in the orthopaedic clinics at Poole and Wimborne hospitals, and in the primary care trust. Some of Bridget’s research has been on this topic of ESP roles and she has been a driver of developing ESP roles in hand therapy nationally. Locally she has been key to maintaining the profile and value of the ESP role ensuring quality standards are established and maintained, and that the role is recognised and banded appropriately.

Her commitment and love of her job was demonstrated in her voluntarily taking a sabbatical to go and visit other hand therapy units around the world. On her return she shared her experiences and proposed changes to the service based on them, combined with research evidence and collaborative working of the team.

Locally, Bridget has an enthusiasm and energy that constantly promotes an environment of continued learning, and progression to maintain the best quality service to our patients. She is respected highly by all those she works with including our consultants; we have all in some way been hugely influenced by her practice and endless passion for her work.

Written by Sarah Bradley

Bridget achieved the Natalie Barr Award in 2014 recognising her achievements in hand therapy. She is the eighth person to ever receive this award.