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
“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