MBE for Torbay physiotherapist who helped shape services for stroke patients

Torbay Weekly

A Torbay physiotherapist has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Dr Rhoda Allison, associate director of nursing and professional practice at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, has been recognised for her services to help shape rehabilitation services for stroke and brain injury patients in South Devon.

Her work has become the ‘gold standard’ model for services across England.

Dr Allison's MBE citation described her as 'an inspirational physiotherapy clinician, leader and researcher in the field of stroke and acquired brain injury rehabilitation’.

It also stated that ‘while there are many physiotherapists working in the field, her contribution over the last 20 years has gone well beyond that expected even of an expert clinician'.

Dr Allison has designed and undertaken her own research programmes as well as contributing to the development of national policy, clinical guidelines, and quality assurance for stroke and brain injury services.