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Rachel Everett 11 Oct 2018
As a resident of Bury St Edmunds, Barbara Wilson was nominated by Jo Churchill MP in the Lifetime Achievement Award category for dedicating over 40 years of her life to brain injury rehabilitation.
Barbara is esteemed for her care of patients, building bridges between practice and theory, and team work between psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and brain injured people.
Barbara is the founder of the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuro-psychological Rehabilitation, and editor of an international journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, author of 26 books and several instruments for testing patients, including a memory test translated into sixteen languages. She is loved by students who appreciate her devotion and encouragement.
Now retired, Professor Wilson continues to influence present and future staff in the NHS and further afield promoting the core ideas of a holistic approach to neuropsychological rehabilitation.
Professor Wilson said "I am delighted to have won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards. I feel it is due recognition for neuropsychologists and all other professions working in brain injury rehabilitation for their essential work in assisting survivors of brain injury to lead purposeful lives.
"Being good at saving lives is admirable but we need to ensure the lives led by those saved are worthwhile and fulfilling. Such an outcome can also reduce the financial burden on statutory clinical services provided by the NHS, and lessen the stress on the lives of carers."
The national awards ceremony, was held on 4 July 2018, the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday. The ceremony was hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP & TV Doctor best known for This Morning, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and GPs: Behind Closed Doors.
All at The Oliver Zangwill Centre are immensely proud of Barbara.