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The Head of Physiotherapy at NDORMS was awarded an OBE as was Dr Tom Hughes who teaches Emergency Medicine to NDORMS undergraduates.

Karen Barker

Karen Barker, Professor of Physiotherapy at NDORMS, was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for her services to healthcare.

"I am very proud to have been offered this honour which reflects the huge support I have had over the years from all of my friends and colleagues at the NOC and within the OUHFT," she said.

Karen has been a physiotherapist in Oxford since 1988, working at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) until its merger to become part of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUHFT).

She has held a number of clinical roles within the musculoskeletal therapy services and combined these with leading the physiotherapy service and being Clinical Director for first the Musculoskeletal Directorate, then the Orthopaedics, and Trauma and Orthopaedics Directorates.

Throughout her career she has combined clinical and academic practice and published over 130 papers and lead clinical trials into rehabilitation.

She become a Professor of Physiotherapy with NDORMS at the University of Oxford in 2016 and awarded Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2013.

Dr Tom Hughes was also awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Year's Honours for his national leadership role in Healthcare Technology and Information.

An Honorary Senior Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oxford, Tom has been teaching Emergency Medicine to NDORMS undergraduate medical students for many years.

Tom said: "I was surprised and humbled to receive this honour and am very grateful for the support of my colleagues in the Emergency Department which made this possible."

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