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Consultant physio’s outstanding work recognised

Wednesday September 18, 2019

Consultant physiotherapist Chris Mercer is set to receive a prestigious award for his work to improve care for patients with a rare spinal condition.

Chris will collect the fellowship award of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) on November 1, in recognition of his contribution towards the diagnosis and management of cauda equina syndrome – a lower back condition that affects the nerves at the bottom of the spinal cord.

If not spotted quickly, the syndrome can lead to incontinence and even permanent paralysis of the legs.

I am so proud of the teams, who are always looking at innovative ways of working

Chris said: “It’s a huge honour and a really nice surprise to get this award. However, it’s important to continue raising awareness of this condition and help  ensure the symptoms are recognised.”

Chris teaches physiotherapy students to make them mindful of the condition, with information leaflets also available.

Along with his work on cauda equina, Chris’ tireless efforts to help the CSP by chairing various committee meetings and speaking at international physiotherapy conferences have also played a big role in his fellowship award.

Head of therapies, Louise Mayer, said: “It is fantastic for Chris to be recognised for the work he has done, especially for raising awareness of cauda equina in our profession.”

Chris’ award also comes at a time of celebration for the physiotherapy team, who have been shortlisted for two awards at the Patient First STAR Awards on Thursday (26 September).

The pulmonary rehabilitation and respiratory physios have been shortlisted for the Team of the Year, with physiotherapist Deborah Wood nominated for Mentor of the Year.

Louise added: “I am so proud of the teams, who are always looking at innovative ways of working and, even during challenging times, remain positive and look to continuously improve ways to deliver high-quality care for patients.”

The physiotherapy department is participating in the trust apprenticeships programme. If you know anyone interested in a career in this field, please encourage them to visit our apprenticeships page by clicking here.

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