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Committees & Staff


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About the Education Sub-Committee

The BAHT Education Sub Committee is run by qualified occupational therapists and physiotherapists who all have a special interest in hand therapy education and in promoting the BAHT education system and Accredited Hand Therapist award. They give their time voluntarily and each member takes responsibility for a different aspect of the committees' role.

Any information you may wish to submit to the committee should be received by the administrative secretary no less than 2 weeks prior to the meeting date.

The Current Education Sub-Committee

Nikki Burr (Chair/APL Coordinator)

Nikki has 22 years’ experience in Hand Therapy clinical practice at Royal Free London and Mount Vernon Hospital London. She gained her Accredited Hand Therapist (BAHT) award in 2002 and MSc in Advancing Practice in 2005. She has undertaken research projects over the years with different colleagues and is still very interested in research. In 2015 she has become an independent prescriber to enhance her clinical practice. She is now a Consultant Hand Therapist helping run a large hand trauma service in North London

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Debbie Miles (Level I Co-ordinator)

Debbie is a Physiotherapist and Accredited Hand Therapist who has been on the education committee since 2012.  She started her hand therapy career at St George’s Hospital in London in 2008, before moving to a role setting up a new hand therapy service at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in 2015.  Debbie was involved in organising and running a BAHT level I course whilst at St George’s and has since developed level II courses in acupuncture, paediatric hand therapy and splinting independently.  Having always had a keen interest in education, Debbie moved into a full-time academic role at the University of Essex in 2018 whilst continuing some clinical hand therapy work alongside this for Ramsay Healthcare.

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Zoe Clift (Level II Co-ordinator)

Zoe has over 15 years experience in hand therapy having worked at Queen Victoria Hospital (East Grinstead), Chelsea & Westminster and Guy’s & St Thomas’ amongst others. She is now based at The Pulvertaft Hand Unit in Derby. Zoe gained a post graduate diploma in hand therapy in 2009. Zoe has previously served as a Director of BAHT on the Executive Committee and chaired the association between 2006-2009. She joined the ESC in 2012.

Zoe has been involved in education in many forms; running her own courses, teaching on BAHT validated courses, post graduate lecturing at several universities and as part of the UK International Emergency Trauma Response team. She continues to be involved in conference and workshop presentations, both in the UK and Internationally.


Ella Donnison (Level III Co-ordinator)

Ella has been on the committee since 2006 and took on the Level III co-ordinator role in 2007. She is an Occupational Therapist, based at the Pulvertaft Hand Unit in Derby. Areas of interest include hand and upper limb therapy education and training and therapy within amateur and high performance sport.

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Kathy Whalley (AHT Co-ordinator)

Kathy is an Occupational Therapist and has worked in hand therapy within the NHS for 17 years in various sites across Hampshire. She currently works at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester.  She has been an Accredited Hand Therapist since 2011 and joined the BAHT education committee in 2015. Kathy specialises in assessment, diagnostics and management of orthopaedic/MSK hand conditions with a personal interest in acquired wrist pain.

Kathy is passionate about effective management of hand conditions and is actively involved in research and training including guest lecturing at the University of Southampton.

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Karen Belward


 Karen qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Cardiff University in 1994. Since 2000, she has worked     inthe plastics and reconstructive surgery fields in Swansea and Exeter prior to moving to her current role in University Hospital Southampton where she leads the hand therapy team within orthopaedics and major trauma. She has been an Accredited Hand Therapist since 2018, joining the ESC in 2019. Karen has run BAHT validated level I courses, taught on BAHT level II courses and spoken at regional hand therapy study days.


How to Join the BAHT Education Sub-Committee

If you are interested in becoming involved with the BAHT Education Sub Committee, please contact us as we are often looking for:

  • New members
  • Supervisors for level III and APL applicants
  • Assessors for level III and APL applicants
  • Course external representatives

Members of Staff

Eve Dunn (Secretary of BAHT)

Eve has been working for BAHT Executive Committee and Education Sub-committee since 1998 as clerical and administrative assistant. Her main role is to be the first point of contact for BAHT for members and general enquiries. She also maintains the membership database to ensure it is up to date. The role has grown over the years and Eve has enjoyed getting to know BAHT members and working alongside all committees.

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