at the award ceremony in London.
A CHARTERED physiotherapist from Lisburn has
been named the Northern Ireland Physio of the Year.
And Patricia Humphreys, who received the
award from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) in
London on Monday. has gone to great lengths in her job. She
recently took part in a tandem freefall sky dive in Garvagh to
raise money for her physio department in Belfast's Musgrave
Patricia, described by her colleagues as a
'tireless volunteer', is a superintendent of the Physio
department and chairs the fundraising committee for the Mitre
Trust - a charity which has been responsible for a number of
major developments at the hospital. She often uses her free time
to raise funds. The charity has helped to build a £3m physio and
sports department has helped to organise walks and charity balls
- one of which raised £26,000.
Patricia, 49, from Limehill Road, has worked
at Musgrave since she qualified three decades ago and has been
physio lead for the Orthopaedic unit for the past 12 years and
now manages 22 staff.
"It is very flattering to receive this and it
is lovely to be appreciated by my staff who always go that extra
mile," Patricia said. "I would be lost without them. They are
all tremendous people.
"But it seems ridiculous to be awarded for
something that I truly enjoy."
At the ceremony in London Patricia was given
a certificate and £100 of Amazon vouchers which she selflessly
plans to buy books with for the unit.
Her colleague Alison Wolseley, who nominated
her for the award, said: "Patricia is an expert in her field. As
a manager she teaches, motivates and leads by example. She
promotes innovation in physiotherapy and always provides a high
quality service for patients."