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POGP bursaries and awards


POGP offers regular funding opportunities and a yearly recognition award available to pelvic health physiotherapists. You can view and apply for these below.
 

Dame Josephine Barnes Bursary

Dame Josephine Barnes was a  leading English obstetrician and gynaecologist. She became the first female president of the British Medical Association in 1979, but the year prior to this became president of the POGP (ACPOG as it was know then). She held this post with ACPOG for 18 years and was instrumental in the creation of this bursary. 

Ownership of the bursary

The bursary is owned by  POGP and used by its members for educational and research needs and for promoting pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological physiotherapy in this country and abroad.

Applications to the bursary

Application forms are available electronically from the POGP website. Applications will be considered every six months with closing dates January 1st and July 1st each year. You must be a member (full or affiliate) of POGP to apply.

Applications can be retrospective or anticipatory.

In all cases, the maximum amount granted shall be £500, and there is no minimum amount that shall be awarded.
 

Complete the online Application Form


Use of the bursary

It will be made available for use in the following ways:

  1. Partial or full funding of courses
  2. The development of research in women's health and continence
  3. Enable a member to travel abroad where they would be acting as an ambassador for POGP and also promoting of women's health and/or continence.
Criteria for selection

All applicants must:  

  • Be a paid up member or affiliate of POGP
  • Fill in/complete the necessary online application form
  • Provide evidence that they have sought funding elsewhere, whether successful or unsuccessful, including any employer's contribution i.e study leave
  • Give concise reasons for application, explaining the benefits to women's health, the Association, the patient, and/or physiotherapy generally
  • Provide a Curriculum Vitae
  • Explain the relevance to the applicant's career development and future Continuing Professional Development
  • Provide a precise breakdown of expected expenses i.e course fees, travel, subsistence
  • Seek the cheapest travel and accommodation (within reasonable limits, i.e block travel bookings by agreed carriers, block hotel bookings, APEX and cheap return tickets)
  • When travelling abroad, provide evidence of adequate insurance cover
  • Provide a précis of the course content or research project, or an abstract of the lecture or poster presentation
  • Provide evidence of acceptance on the course or an invitation to speak
  • Agree to provide a write-up for the POGP journal
  • Submit the application before the agreed deadline

 Further application to the Dame Josephine Barnes will only be considered 2 years after the date of the last application.

Testimonials

“I was the recipient of the Dame Josephine Barnes Bursary in July 2017. It was a straight forward application process, with excellent support and communication from the POGP team. I was thrilled to receive the full £500 bursary.

The funding I received was used to contribute to the cost of the Post Graduate Certificate in Continence at the University of Bradford. I completed this course in 2019.

I would highly recommend applying for this bursary to support your learning and continuing professional development.”

Sarah, POGP Member

 

The Margie Polden Memorial Fund 

Margie Polden, FCSP, worked at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, where she initiated and developed physiotherapy in obstetrics and gynaecology, and within ACPOG - now POGP - made an enormous contribution to the education of physiotherapists and other professionals.

Through her work and books, Margie influenced and educated numerous physiotherapy students.

After her death in 1998 many members of POGP wished to honour Margie and this was made possible through the generosity of Margie's family. This has enabled the creation of the Margie Polden Memorial Fund, which supports the Margie Polden Memorial Lecture and the Margie Polden Bursary.

The Margie Polden Memorial Lecture

This will be delivered at the POGP conference and will be from a guest speaker chosen by the Executive Trustees of POGP.

The Margie Polden Bursary

A bursary was set up in memory of Margie by the generosity of her husband to fund a place at the POGP conference for a student or newly-qualified physiotherapist. This bursary will be awarded annually to an applicant who is able to demonstrate an interest in the field of pelvic, obstetric, and gynaecological physiotherapy and is keen to develop that interest further.

The applicant should be a pre-registration physiotherapy student, or have qualified during the same year as the conference. They must also be a member or student member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

The bursary funds both the conference fee and accommodation costs, however it does not fund the travel costs for the recipient.

Criteria for Selection

Applicants must be either:

  1. A student physiotherapist working towards a CSP-recognised pre-registration degree or
  2. A physiotherapist who has qualified during the same year as the conference

Applicants must:

  1. Complete the online application form usually by 1st July of a conference year. 
  2. Provide a personal statement as requested on the application form
 

The Anne Bird Award

Anne Bird was chairman of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (now POGP) from 1985 to 1988. As superintendent of the physiotherapy department of Bristol Royal Infirmary she created a centre of excellence for obstetric and gynaecological physiotherapy. The Anne Bird Prize commemorates the life of Anne Bird by encouraging and recognising in others those qualities which she valued.

The Anne Bird Award will normally be awarded annually to an individual, or individuals, who show overall excellence, professionalism and empathy in their educational development within the POGP. The successful nominee may have also made a special contribution to an POGP post-registration course or to physiotherapy in pelvic health.

Each nominee will be nominated by three people, one of whom must be a POGP member.

Nominations shall be confidential and should be completed using the online application form by September 1st each year. Applications will be reviewed by the POGP trustees. 
 

Complete the online Nomination Form


Criteria for Nomination
  • Nominee must be a member or affiliate of POGP
  • At least one of the three nominators must be a member of POGP

A nominiation form is available at the end of this page

Testimonials

“Winning the Anne Bird award in 2014 was such a lovely surprise. I was nominated for launching social media platforms for POGP and it’s great to see how well they are doing today. I would really encourage any POGP member to vote for someone they feel deserves the Anne Bird award!”

Rebecca, 2014 Anne Bird Prize Winner and POGP Member
 

"I was so honoured (and surprised) to win the Anne Bird Prize in 2016 for the work I'd done helping to co-ordinate the development of 4 new POGP Workshops. Being on the POGP Education Sub-Committee at the time, I'd met and got the opportunity to work alongside so many wonderful pelvic-health physios, and had learnt so much from them all, that this was the icing on top of the cake. There are so many brilliant Women's Health physios doing such great things for our profession, its lovely to have an award like this to recognise some of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. "

Camilla Lawrence, 2016 Anne Bird Award Winner

"I was awarded the Anne Bird prize early in my career and it had a tremendously positive effect on me. I was working as a sole women’s health physiotherapist at an acute hospital and decided to advance my knowledge by signing up for the then ACPOG post qualification course. There was a one week residential plus one year of assignments with tutor visits observing my clinical work.  We returned for a weekend of feedback and handing in of the rather large stack of typed files showing research justification for all my clinical work, case studies and reflection pieces. I felt it a year well spent; a wonderfully supportive experience in which I had learnt so much. It had been hard work especially with a 2 year old and working full time but I felt it essential for my role.

Unbeknown to me, as it is anonymous, my tutor Arline Ashton had nominated me for the Anne Bird prize. I was so surprised to be awarded it at the conference dinner, but hugely grateful and happy. The award allows for nominations of excellence in POGP courses alongside showing values of empathy and compassion; the very values Anne Bird had herself and inspired in others. To think that my tutor had seen some of this excellence in me was hugely motivating and humbling.

It really was a spark that fired my passion even more to develop as a women’s health physiotherapist and also be get involved in POGP as an organisation. I will always be grateful for the support and nurturing of my tutor Arline Ashton and of the award she nominated me for. I have tried my best to promote the values of Anne Bird, which embodies POGP itself, all through my career. Kindness, empathy, care, excellence; they are as important now as they were when I was just starting out and I am truly grateful for having been encouraged early in my career.

I would encourage others to read about Anne Bird and to seek to nominate where they see this excellence and compassion."

Shirley Bustard, Anne Bird Award Winner

 

 

Testimonials

“Winning the Anne Bird award in 2014 was such a lovely surprise. I was nominated for launching social media platforms for POGP and it’s great to see how well they are doing today. I would really encourage any POGP member to vote for someone they feel deserves the Anne Bird award!”

Rebecca, 2014 Anne Bird Prize Winner and POGP Member
 

“I was the recipient of the Dame Josephine Barnes Bursary in July 2017. It was a straight forward application process, with excellent support and communication from the POGP team. I was thrilled to receive the full £500 bursary.

The funding I received was used to contribute to the cost of the Post Graduate Certificate in Continence at the University of Bradford. I completed this course in 2019.

I would highly recommend applying for this bursary to support your learning and continuing professional development.”

Sarah, POGP Member

Downloads

Dame Josephine Application Form

Margie Polden Application Form

Anne Bird Award Nomination Form

 

 

 

 

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