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A range of funding opportunities available to women's health physiotherapists.

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 > Dame Josephine Barnes Bursary

 > Margie Polden Memorial Fund

 > Anne Bird Award

 > Jo Laycock Continence Research Bursary

 > Continence Sub-Committee Bursary

Dame Josephine Barnes Bursary

  • Ownership of the bursary

The bursary is owned by and used by POGP for educational and research needs and for promoting women's health and continence in this country and abroad.The bursary fund is topped up each year. Up to £3000 per year will be made available for this award and this amount will be reviewed every two years by the executive committee.The implementation of the awards will be overseen by a small group from the executive and the education sub-committee which will normally include the POGP chairman and treasurer.

  • Applications to the bursary

Application forms are available electronically from the POGP website. Applications will be considered every six months and should normally be submitted, via email, to the chairman before the closing dates of January 1st and July 1st each year.

Applications - whether single or as a group - can be retrospective or anticipatory.

 The applicants must produce information about the course/research they are embarking on, along with all cost implications. There should also be evidence of applying, or the intention to apply, elsewhere for additional funding.

In all cases, the maximum amount granted shall be £500, and there is no minimum amount that shall be awarded.

Application form

  • Use of the bursary

 It will be made available for use in the following ways;

1. Part-funding of courses

 a. To help towards subsidising up to four places on the validated university courses which are recognised by POGP as a route to membership of the association. In order to qualify for this assistance the candidate must be a member or affiliate of the association and will be required to pledge a further year's membership on completion of the course.

b. To part-fund places on appropriate courses/workshops/conferences in this country or abroad.

 c. To give financial help to those doing a Master's degree relevant to women's health and/or continence.

2. The development of research in women's health and continence

 a. To give funding towards research projects relevant to women's health and/or continence

 b. To fund/part-fund a course which would enable a project or a piece of research to be undertaken.

c. To encourageevidence based practice, e.g. an POGP annual workshop on how to get started with a research project. This would be at member's request.

 d. To promote a project nationally for the benefit of physiotherapists working in women's health or continence, e.g. standardised outcome measures or research organised country-wide -small groups bringing information centrally.

e. Individual researchers can be considered for assistance towards a planned project or to support a research project 

3. Directive of the Association

a. Fund an issue that emerges from the discussion groups at the annual conference that the members consider needs addressing.

 b. Enable members to travel abroad where they would be acting as an ambassador for POGP and also promotingof women's health and/or continence.

  • Criteria for selection

 All applicants must:  

Be a paid up member or affiliate of POGP

Fill in/complete the necessary application form

Provide evidence that they have sought funding elsewhere, whether successful or unsuccessful, including any employer's contribution i.e study leave

Give concise reasons for application, explaining the benefits to women's health, the Association, the patient, and/or physiotherapy generally

Provide a Curriculum Vitae

Explain the relevance to the applicant's career development and future Continuing Professional Development

Provide a precise breakdown of expected expenses i.e course fees, travel, subsistence

Seek the cheapest travel and accommodation (within reasonable limits, i.e block travel bookings by agreed carriers, block hotel bookings, APEX and cheap return tickets)

When travelling abroad, provide evidence of adequate insurance cover

Provide a précis of the course content or research project, or an abstract of the lecture or poster presentation

Provide evidence of acceptance on the course or an invitation to speak

Agree to provide a write-up for the POGP journal

Submit the application before the agreed deadline

 Further application to the Dame Josephine Barnes will only be considered 2 years after the date of the last application

 Revised 2013 /RAH

The Margie Polden Memorial Fund

Margie Polden, FCSP, who died in 1998, worked at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, where she initiated and developed physiotherapy in obstetrics and gynaecology, and within ACPOG - now POGP -  made an enormous contribution to the education of physiotherapists and other professionals.

Never afraid to be combative, she vigorously and knowledgeably debated and discussed with clinical colleagues, lectured, and wrote for professional publications. She also had the ability to reach out to the public, with witty, pertinent and informative articles and talks on women's health issues. In doing so she furthered the cause and raised the profile of physiotherapy in obstetrics and gynaecology and made a real impact on the lives of countless women.

Through her work and books, Margie, a loved and respected member of POGP influenced and educated numerous physiotherapy students.

Within our own Professional Network many members of POGP wished to honour Margie and this was made possible through the generosity of Margie's family. This has enabled the creation of the Margie Polden Memorial Fund, which supports the Margie Polden Memorial Lecture and the Margie Polden Bursary.



  • The Margie Polden Memorial Lecture

This will be delivered annually at the POGP conference and will be from a guest speaker chosen by the Executive Committee of POGP.



  • The Margie Polden Bursary

A bursary was set up in memory of Margie by the generosity of her husband to fund a place at the POGP conference for a student or newly-qualified Physiotherapist. This bursary will be awarded annually to an applicant who is able to demonstrate an interest in the field of pelvic, obstetric, and gynaecological physiotherapy and is keen to develop that interest further.

The applicant should be a pre-registration Physiotherapy student, or have qualified during the same year as the conference. He/ she must also be a member or student member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

The bursary funds both the conference fee and accommodation costs, however it does not fund the travel costs for the recipient.

Criteria for Selection:

Applicants must be either:



  1. A student physiotherapist working towards a CSP-recognised pre-registration degree or



  2. A physiotherapist who has qualified during the same year as the conference

Applicants must be either a student member or member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Applicants must:

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Provide a personal statement as requested on the application form

An application form may be found at the bottom of this web-page and should be returned by email to the chairman by July 1st each year.

The Anne Bird Award

Anne Bird was chairman of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (now POGP) from 1985 to 1988. As superintendent of the physiotherapy department of Bristol Royal Infirmary she created a centre of excellence for obstetric and gynaecological physiotherapy. The Anne Bird Prize commemorates the life of Anne Bird by encouraging and recognising in others those qualities which she valued.

The Anne Bird Award will normally be awarded annually to an individual, or individuals, who show overall excellence, professionalism and empathy in their educational development within the POGP. The successful nominee will also have made a special contribution to an POGP post-registration course or to physiotherapy in women's health.

Each nominee will be nominated by three people, one of whom must be an POGP member.

Nominations shall be confidential and should be completed on an application form found at the bottom of this web-page and should be returned by email to the chairman by July 1st each year.

Complete the application form

Criteria for Nomination

  • Nominee must be a member or affiliate of POGP

  • At least one of the three nominators must be a member of POGP

A nominiation form is available at the end of this page.

Jo Laycock Continence Research Bursary

Jo Laycock  was a pioneer in women’s health physiotherapists undertaking first class research to provide an evidence base for their practice.  She has kindly instigated this award which is to encourage and promote research in the area of continence. The bursary is owned by and used by POGP to promote continence research.  The implementation of the awards will be overseen by a small group from the executive which will normally include the POGP chairman, treasurer and two others. In addition, Jo Laycockwill be invited to make the final decision from a short list. The recipient of the award will be announced at conference.

Continence Sub-Committee Bursary

The Chartered Physiotherapists Promoting Continence, who joined with POGP in 2014,  awarded a bursary for those working in the area of continence and this award is a legacy to CPPC. It will be overseen by the Continence Sub-committee with closing dates of the 1st of April and 1st October each year.

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