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AwardsJun 18, 2024

Darren Brown - the 'physiotherapist you changed the HIV world' - is 'overjoyed' with his OBE

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has congratulated physiotherapist Darren Brown, who received an OBE in this week’s Kings Birthday Honours list (14 June).

The trust posted: ‘We're incredibly proud that Honorary Clinical Academic Physiotherapist @darrenabrown has received an OBE in the King's Birthday Honours.

‘Darren has been recognised for his outstanding services to the NHS and to people living with HIV and AIDS, and Long Covid.’

Tristan Barber, a London-based HIV and genitourinary medicine specialist, said: ‘I could not be prouder of, or more pleased for, @darrenabrown on the award of an OBE. As a physiotherapist you changed the HIV world with your amazing @JHCandKobler Rehabilitation course and lens on frailty. Such wonderful news and HUGE congratulations.’

And Long Covid SOS @LongCovidSOS also sent its congratulations to Darren, saying: ‘Well deserved recognition for all of your hard work which has benefited so many in the #LongCovid community.'

Photo Credit: Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust
HIV specialist Darren said he was 'too gregarious' a person to 'sit in the lab and dissect'

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Meanwhile Ash James from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) posted: ‘Brilliant news. Well deserved.’

In an article about Darren’s career that was published on the CSP’s website in 2020, Darren explained what prompted him to become an HIV specialist: ‘It was an hour-long lecture during his Masters studies at King’s College London that led Darren Brown to his career specialism,' the article notes.

'He came to the Masters after completing an anatomy degree and deciding to pursue a career in physiotherapy because, while he wanted to apply his anatomical knowledge, he felt he was “too much of a gregarious person to sit in the lab and dissect” as a career. 

In response to the swathe of supportive messages this week (only a selection of which appear here), Darren said he was ‘overjoyed’ with his award.

Author: I A McMillan
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