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Professor Karen Barker awarded an OBE in New Year Honours list

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Professor Karen Barker was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list which was published on Friday 27 December 2019.

Karen, who is Clinical Director for our Trauma and Orthopaedics directorate, has been a physiotherapist in Oxford since 1988. She worked for the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) NHS Trust until it became part of Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust.

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

Throughout her career, Karen has combined clinical and academic practice, publishing more than 130 papers and leading clinical trials into rehabilitation.

She became a Professor of Physiotherapy within the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) in 2016, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2013.

Karen says: "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 OUH."