Award for former MBF trustee

Ann Thomson FCSP, a former trustee of the MBF, and now Minutes Secretary, has been awarded an MBE in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List, in recognition of her work as a physiotherapy educator and swimming for disabled people.


CSP fellow Ann Thomson, a physiotherapy teacher and the chair of Extend Exercise Training Ltd, was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to physiotherapy education and disabled people through swimming exercise.

She told Frontline: ‘I am very honoured, excited and astonished. It is great that physiotherapy keeps being mentioned in the national honours awards.

‘During my 60 odd years in physiotherapy I have been very lucky to have met some wonderful people who have helped to give me opportunities to contribute to physiotherapy and I share this honour with them.

Miss Thomson qualified in 1960, from the School of Physiotherapy in the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, before going on to qualify as physiotherapy teacher in 1964 from St Mary’s Hospital School of Physiotherapy in London.

Her career in physiotherapy went on to centre on providing education at the Middlesex Hospital School of Physiotherapy and University College London (UCL). 

‘I was director of postgraduate physiotherapy at UCL until 2008,’ she explains.

‘Then I went to Kings College London, where I still teach the postgraduate master students soft tissue therapy. 

‘I am also an education adviser for the Aquatic Therapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (ATACP) and minutes secretary for the Members' Benevolent Fund (MBF) and am very proud to be a fellow of the CSP and the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).

‘And my physiotherapy experience also proves useful in the charity work I do with the Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy, BackCare and EXTEND - exercise for older people.’

Miss Thomson added that she enjoys meeting friends and keeping up with physiotherapy advances at ARC, PTUK and WCPT congresses.

‘It is very important that physiotherapists attend these events and other CSP activities to ensure that our profession is up to date whilst still retaining our core values of skilful treatment for patients.

Many congratulations from everyone at the MBF! A richly deserved award.


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