The Executive Committee of the Association of International Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP) is elected by the member organisations at a General Meeting, and consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Web Manager, as per the IPTOP Constitution.
The Executive Committee hold Skype meetings at least three times a year to conduct the business of IPTOP and can be contacted by email (see IPTOP home page for details).
To be considered for election, members of the Executive Committee must have served on the governing body of a member organisation or one of its subordinate groups.
The President and Vice President are elected at IPTOP’s General Meeting at a WCPT Congress held every four years. Regional members of the Executive Committee are elected by the region and confirmed at an IPTOP General Meeting.
Jill worked for many years in the National Health Service in Northern Ireland. During those years she was a clinician specialising in older people with a particular interest in neurology, a visiting lecturer at the University of Ulster, Manager of Older People’s Physiotherapy Services and for the last fifteen years was the Deputy Head of the Physiotherapy Services for the Trust. She is now retired from clinical practice.
Jill’s work has been at local, national and international level to promote and represent physiotherapy with older people. She represented both her region and her specialist clinical area while sitting on many committees at the UK physiotherapy professional headquarters in London (CSP). She was a founder member of AGILE in Northern Ireland and the regional rep to the national committee. Jill then became the national Vice Chair and ultimately the Chair of AGILE UK. During this time she was involved in overseeing the development of AGILE's first website; and driving through the development and publication of the Undergraduate Resource Booklet, Outcomes and Evidence Based Exercise Manuals and Specialty Standards. Jill was also Chair of the Professional Practice Committee at CSP London representing older people services amongst thirty five other clinical areas. Jill has developed and published with support from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland guidance for physiotherapists in relation to the assessment of risk and management of older patients who fall. She has also published guidance notes for doctors in relation to advice and management of physical activity in patients through all stages of osteoporosis.
Jill was awarded a Fellowship by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2011 in recognition of her many contributions to physiotherapy and in particular within the specialist clinical area of older people.
Jill became the first UK rep to IPTOP in 2003, in 2007 she became IPTOP Secretary, and in 2011 she was nominated as Vice President of IPTOP. She relinquished these roles to become the Patron of IPTOP in 2015.
Hans Hobbelen PhD, PT
Hans is the Professor in Healthy Lifestyle, Ageing and Health Care at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, The Netherlands. Besides movement disorders in dementia his main field of interest is frailty, in specific the prevention of frailty.
Hans started his career as a physiotherapist in a nursing home in the city of Eindhoven in The Netherlands. He stayed at this job for 22 years.
In 2001 Hans received a Master Degree in Human Movement Sciences, continuing his studies to be awarded his PhD in 2010 on the topic of paratonia, a distinctive form of hypertonia in dementia. His expertise in this subject has enabled Hans to be regarded as a leading scientist in the field of paratonia and movement disorders in dementia.
Since 2010, Hans has been a Board Member of the Dutch Association of Geriatric Physiotherapists (NVFG), and he was the Dutch and European representative of The International association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP) from 2010 - 2015. In May 2015, Hans was elected Vice President of IPTOP.
Hans is also an active member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, a platform commissioned by the European Commission. Furthermore, he is Program Leader of the Living Lab Active Ageing Elderly, which is part of the national Centre of Expertise on Healthy Ageing and funded by the Dutch government, and front man of the master study Healthy Ageing at the Hanze University of Applied sciences Groningen.
Newsletter Editor and Web Manager
Helen is a registered Physiotherapist with over 30 years of experience, across nearly all sectors of the health care system. She began her career working in intensive care, cardiac and neuro-surgery and rehabilitation. After ten years she moved into outpatient rehabilitation, community care, and specialized geriatric outreach services. Here she also gained management experience, as well as knowledge of emergency room, long term care, mental health care services and comprehensive geriatric assessment for older adults.
Helen completed a Masters’ degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science, Health and Aging at Western University in 2011. Her research involved information exchange and care handoffs by physiotherapists for patients with hip fracture as they transitioned across health care system sectors in their rehabilitation journey. Helen completed the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialty Program in the area of Seniors Health in 2012.
Helen was a Project Co-lead in the rehabilitation system strategic planning project for her health region in 2012, and joined the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance in the role of Rehabilitation Network Lead in January of 2013.
Helen served as Chair of the Seniors’ Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as Education Coordinator. At WCPT 2015 in Singapore, she assumed the role of Newsletter Editor and Website Manager for IPTOP.