Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award has been developed to recognise therapists who have made an outstanding contribution to hand therapy internationally. The enormous contribution of the award winners will influence many generations of Hand Therapists to come. Ultimately of course, their accomplishments will benefit countless patients far into the future. The IFSHT Membership therefore, expresses its sincere appreciation and gratitude to our pioneers for enriching our passion, Hand Therapy.

At the inaugural IFSHT Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony we were delighted to honour the following hand therapists for their outstanding contribution to International Hand Therapy. They are listed left to right. Dominique Thomas from France, Jean-Claude Rouzaud from France, Corrianne van Velze from South Africa, Margareta Persson from Sweden, Rosemary Prosser from Australia, Lynne Feehan from Canada, Victoria Frampton from UK, Pat McKee(front) from Canada, Adiela Estrada from Columbia, Shrikant Chinchalkar from Canada, Judy Colditz from USA. We also honour Annette Leveridge from UK and Evelyn Mackin from USA who were sadly unable to attend. The award winners are pictured with Anne Wajon, President IFSHT.

Therapists receiving this award will have made their contribution in one or multiple of these categories

  • Exceptional ability to teach and train hand therapists
  • Significant contributions to basic hand therapy research in anatomy or basic sciences
  • Significant contributions to clinical hand therapy research
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals which substantially add to our understanding of hand therapy
  • Publication of chapters and/or books which made major contributions
  • Involvement in outreach programs of significant importance
  • Specific international contributions to promote hand therapy, such as involvement in Federation activities; and significant involvement in regional activities (outside their own country)
  • Specific contributions to promote hand therapy nationally, such as substantial Society activities
  • Visiting Professorships and invitations to lecture internationally
  • Evidence-based and clinically important presentations at International Meetings
  • Preparation of video programmes, manuals, books or other materials for teaching purposes
  • Development of equipment and processes for clinical use or academic programmes
  • Nominations are welcomed from any Member Society for any hand therapist in their country that they would like to nominate for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominations will be open for the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022 approximately a year prior to the congress.