Professor Skelton honoured by Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

03 October 2016

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Professor Dawn Skelton has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

An Honorary Fellowship is awarded to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of physiotherapy.

Professor Skelton has been a high profile, highly regarded figure in falls prevention for over twenty years, both as an academic and for her ongoing work to translate research into practice. During this time she has worked closely with the physiotherapy profession in the UK and internationally, and has continuously promoted and supported the role of physiotherapy in falls prevention and active ageing.

Professor Skelton is currently leading a collaborative project which brings together multidisciplinary expertise in a range of areas such as active ageing, sedentary behaviour and physical activity/inactivity to collectively deliver crucial information to inform future interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity in older people. She is also involved in ProFouND: the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination, a European Commission-funded network aiming to provide the best falls prevention and healthy ageing advice to help prevent falls among older people across Europe.

Professor Skelton is interested in translational research and heads up a project looking at the feasibility of implementing Functional Fitness MOTs within outpatient physiotherapy services and works with others on the effectiveness of implementing falls prevention exercise sessions through GP practices and falls prevention for visually impaired older adults and computer games for health and balance improvement.

This award carries with it the privilege of using the title Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (Hon FCSP) and her name will be added to the Society’s Roll of Honour. It will be conferred at the European Region of the World Congress of Physiotherapy Gala Dinner in November.

Professor Skelton said: “I am truly honoured to have received this accolade from the CSP. As an Exercise Physiologist, I have worked closely with the Physiotherapy profession for years to try to ensure a seamless transition from rehabilitation services to self managed exercise and physical activity for frailer older adults. People are living longer, with multiple medical conditions and syndromes so it is vital that services are evidence based and that the training of both therapists and exercise professionals ensures that peoples needs are met."