A senior academic in the Occupational Therapy team, has received the Natalie Barr Award from the British Association of Hand Therapists for services to hand therapy.
Dr Christina Jerosch-Herold, a senior academic with University of East Anglia’s School of Allied Health Profession Occupational Therapy
team, has received the Natalie Barr Award from the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) for services, particularly in research, to hand therapy.
Dr Jerosch-Herold has received the prestigious award in recognition of her contribution to research and publications in the specialist field of hand rehabilitation, and for her teaching through workshops and as keynote speaker at international hand therapy meetings. The award also recognises her contribution since 1989 as editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Hand Therapy - recently re-launched as Hand Therapy.
Since 1994, the Natalie Barr Award has only been awarded to five other hand therapists in the UK. Dr Jerosch-Herold now becomes an honorary lifetime member of BAHT. The award holder has to be nominated by a BAHT member and supported by the BAHT executive committee.
Christina Jerosch-Herold, said, “I am very honoured and delighted to receive the award. The BAHT’s work is hugely important and it’s been very rewarding to work with such dedicated people from across our profession.”
Professor Jacqueline Collier, head of school, Allied Health Professions said, “Christina’s award truly reflects her expert research in hand therapy. It’s an enormously well-deserved recognition of her dedication to her field.”
The award is named after Natalie Barr - an occupational therapists and pioneer of hand therapy, who, with others, was instrumental in developing hand therapy interventions for military then civilian clients during and after the Second World War.
Dr Jerosch-Herold’s research to date has been on the development and evaluation of clinical assessment methods for nerve injury and interventions for Dupuytren’s contracture (a condition which progressively leads to an inability to straighten the finger) and carpal tunnel syndrome (where the median nerve becomes pressed at the wrist, which can lead to pain or numbness through the arm).