POGP bursaries and awards

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


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.

    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. You must be a member (full or affiliate) of POGP to apply.

    Applications can be retrospective or anticipatory.

     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.Partial or full funding of courses

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

    3.  Enable a member to travel abroad where they would be acting as an ambassador for POGP and also promoting of 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

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.

Through her work and books, Margie 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:

  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 a 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 September 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.