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Dr Stephen Ashford PhD FCSP awarded a fellowship by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Dr Stephen Ashford PhD FCSP, has been awarded a fellowship by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for his contribution to the development of physiotherapy practice in spasticity and contracture management, the rehabilitation of complex brain injury and severe neurological disability and the development of specific outcome measures for these patient populations.

Stephen’s research has centred on the methodological development and testing of outcome measures. His research is driven by clinical practice, and as such, has had immediate clinical impact. His work on goal setting and Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) has driven a programme of research that spans rehabilitation and palliative care. Not content with existing outcome measures for his field of practice, Stephen developed the Arm Activity measure (ArmA) and the Upper Limb Spasticity Therapy Schedule (ULSTR), both are used routinely in clinical practice nationally and internationally. More recently, Stephen has developed the Leg Activity measure (LegA), Leg Therapy recording schedule (LegTS) and Goal Attainment Scale Legs, which are now also in clinical use.

Stephen was one of the pioneering physiotherapists in the administration and prescribing of botulinum toxin for spasticity and was one of the first eight physiotherapists to become an independent prescriber in the UK.