Northern Irish community physiotherapist wins Stroke Association Award

Northern Irish community physiotherapist wins Stroke Association Award

Sean Curran, a physiotherapist who works for Newry and Mourne community stroke team at Daisy Hill Hospital, has won a Northern Ireland Stroke Association Award.

Mr Curran received the Professional Excellence Life After Stroke Award on Friday 13th May due to his motivating approach to healthcare, reports the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Speaking on his manner with his patients, he said: "I try to think about what patients want to do when they finish their rehab programme, rather than just give them exercises.

"One time I was running up and down with my patient like a father with a child, helping him to re-learn to ride his bike; another patient was a farmer who wanted to be able to get in and out of her tractor, so I spent a day going up and down fields."

He added that he was very pleased to be recognised for his efforts and to be awarded for it, but admitted that a lot of people in his profession do similar activities with their patients.

Graciously he continued to say that he felt that by winning his award, it was an important milestone for all physiotherapists.

Of course, this wasn't the only award that was given out on 13th May, as there were several other categories on the evening, including the Courage Awards, Stroke Association Award for Volunteering, Carer's Award, Award for Creative Arts, Stroke Group Award and the Professional Excellence Award, among others.

These are very well-respected individuals within the community and many are patrons of the charity, including Karren Brady CBE, sporting executive and politician.

Speaking on her reasons for supporting the charity she said that the aim is to celebrate stroke survivors and to commend the people who take care of them.