Nicola Goldsmith - England - President

1989   Dip.COT in Occupational Therapy, Brunel University, London, UK
1995   M.Sc. Research Methods for Remedial Therapists, Kings College University, London, UK

Work Experience:
I started by OT career working in neurology but after two years found myself working in the field of hand therapy and have done so ever since. Initially I worked in the NHS (public sector) in a Regional hand injuries and burns centre also with responsibility for upper limb rheumatology. In 1995 I moved to set up a private hand clinic in London which grew into a multi-centre successful clinic. After fourteen years as manager of this unit, I left to take up an exciting role as upper limb lead for BMI Healthcare, the largest provider of private healthcare in the UK. In my first five years (since 2010) with BMI, I have developed hand therapy clinics in 34 hospitals linking with specialist surgeons where patient care is offered to a national standard. My expertise therefore comes both in my clinical leadership role as well as business development and strategy in a corporate environment.

In 1999 I set up NES Hand Therapy Training with two colleagues and the three of us have delivered over 120 hand therapy courses since that time including many BAHT Level I and Level II validated courses. Our courses cover subjects such as management of the wrist and PIPJ, work relation upper limb disorders, fractures, soft tissue injuries and acquired conditions.

I have also worked as a clinical mentor for the College of Occupational Therapists as part of their consultancy service.

Professional Activities:
I am a member of the College of Occupational Therapists (UK) and the British Association of Hand Therapists. From 1995 to 1998 I sat on the British Association of Hand Therapists Education Committee and became Chairman of this committee from 1998 – 2004. This was an exciting time as it was the period when the British Association presented its first Accredited Hand Therapists award and developed multiple pathways to accreditation. I was honoured to be elected onto the executive of IFSHT as the Historian for the period of 2013 – 2016.

Publications and Presentations:
Six articles published in Hand Therapy, Hand Surgery and G.P. publications
Multiple presentations at National, European and International meetings as well as teaching in the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Portugal