Huge Congratulations to Ema Swingwood (nee Mottershead)
Thursday 14 January 2021
The Queen has honoured the outstanding work of seven physiotherapists in the New Year's Honours lists 2020 and we are very proud to announce that one of our own OTs Ema Swingwood has been awarded an OBE.

The following was announced by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Ema Swingwood, a respiratory physiotherapist at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC), received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to physiotherapy research.

As chair of ACPRC, she has led on the development of respiratory physiotherapy advice and guidance for CSP members during the pandemic – and she is also the clinical lead physiotherapist at the Nightingale Hospital in Bristol.

She told Frontline: ‘I am totally surprised and humbled to receive such an award, it's all rather overwhelming.

Although this is a personal award, there is no way that anything could have been achieved over the last year without a collaborative approach.

‘I am very lucky to work with some amazing teams and colleagues. I'm proud to be a physiotherapist and am so excited that we are being acknowledged in this way.’

Mrs Swingwood, who lives in Monmouthshire in South East Wales, is currently undertaking a clinical doctoral research fellowship (CDRF) at the University of the West of England, where she is also a visiting lecturer in physiotherapy.

‘At the start of the pandemic I delayed the start of my NIHR CDRF to continue working clinically.

‘The ACPRC have worked exceptionally closely with the CSP during the pandemic and we have hosted courses and produced resources which are all open access and are available on our website:’