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The hand therapy team regularly participates in clinical audits, service development and research projects to further their contribution to hand therapy as a service.

The team is actively involved in supporting and promoting hand therapy at both a national and international level.

The team is involved with supporting the London and South East Hand Therapy Interest Group, which works to promote hand therapy support and learning across London and the South East of England.

In addition, members of the team have presented at numerous conferences and workshops, both nationally and internationally.

See below for some of the recent achievements of the team.


May 2023

The European Federation for the Societies of Hand Therapy (EFSHT) hosted a combined congress with FESSH in May 2023. The congress was held in the lovely city of Rimini, Italy. Alexander Watson had a poster presentation accepted for the congress entitled ‘Comparison of Zone One Extensor Repair Outcomes: Established Rehabilitation Guidelines against a proposed Early Active Movement Guideline’.

Megan Blakeway participated in a debate series entitled ‘To splint or not to splint? where she once again debated on the rationale for post operative splinting in Dupuytren’s Disease.

It was a fantastic opportunity for both therapists to be involved and to demonstrate the high level of experience and care that the hand therapy team offer at St Georges Hospital.


October 2021

During the BAHT Conference 2021 ‘Back to Basics’ Megan Blakeway, principal OT of the hand therapy team at St Georges, participated in a debate about the post-operative management for patients who have Dupuytren’s disease.

Megan Blakeway was tasked with arguing for post-operative splinting with these patients. She was able to draw on her extensive hand therapy experience to support her argument.

It was amazing to see one of our very own St Georges hand therapists participating and leading a debate and discussion at the 2021 BAHT Conference!


August 2019

Read here about the contribution of the hand therapy team to a nearly amputated hand which was saved after seventeen hours of surgery by the plastics surgical team at St Georges. The patient had suffered a chop saw accident resulting in a double-level amputation.

These cases challenge and excite us as therapists and is only one of the few amazing cases that we have had the opportunity to be a part of.

Surgeons save man’s hand after seventeen hours of surgery