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Dr Elaine Atkins our MSc programme leader, was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her services to physiotherapy.

After qualifying at St Thomas Hospital in 1973, Elaine specialised in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal practice and spent most of her professional life in her own private practice.

Having taught with the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM) for over thirty years, Elaine developed the first MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine in collaboration with Middlesex University and is now part of a team developing a new programme at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.


Elaine achieved her Professional Doctorate (Orthopaedic Medicine Education) in 2001 and was awarded a Fellowship by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2014 for her work in advancing MSK education for postgraduate physiotherapists and medical practitioners.   She has also co-authored the musculoskeletal medicine textbook ‘A Practical Approach to Musculoskeletal Medicine’ with SOMM colleagues Jill Kerr and Emily Goodlad.

‘I’ve enjoyed every moment of my career, both clinically and within musculoskeletal medicine education. To receive this award at this stage is the absolute highlight of my profession and draws together all the friendships, achievements and exciting projects I’ve been involved with along the way.’   Dr Elaine Atkins MBE


Elaine was honoured along with four others within the physiotherapy profession; Michele Lee MBE, Maria Stokes OBE, Elaine McIntee BEM, Ruth Graham MBE


Dr Elaine Atkins MBE

Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

SOMM Tutor and Programme Leader for the MSc in Musculoskeletal Medicine

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