Sheffield physiotherapist set for South African adventure after receiving top award

L to r:- Chris Peach, Jenny Copeland, who is Steve Copelands wife, Michael Thomas and Val Jones.
L to r:- Chris Peach, Jenny Copeland, who is Steve Copelands wife, Michael Thomas and Val Jones.
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A leading physiotherapist who has helped scores of people to recover from shoulder and elbow injuries is bound for a special trip to South Africa after being awarded a prestigious fellowship.

Val Jones, an upper limb specialist physiotherapist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was one of only two members of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society to receive the esteemed Copeland Fellowship.

The honour was bestowed to Val at the British Elbow and Shoulder Society’s 2016 annual conference. Meanwhile, Chris Peach, consultant elbow and shoulder surgeon at the University Hospital of South Manchester, received the consultant fellowship.

Together with British Elbow and Shoulder Society president Mike Thomas, the pair will now spend two weeks in South Africa, observing clinical practice and seeing how surgeons operate on trauma and elective surgery.

They will look at how surgery and physiotherapy helps restore function in the upper limb and formulate ideas for future research.

Val said: “Here in Sheffield I’ve been fortunate to work with a great team of surgeons for over 15 years.

“Through this fellowship I will be able to share our expertise in South Africa and bring back new knowledge and experience which could shape care for patients in Sheffield too.”