NCPTA Awards:  to perpetuate and honor the high standards of professional physical therapy practice, leadership, and service

Nomination Form

To turn in nomination form or for questions, please contact: Sarah Johnson, Awards Chair

*If no one is nominated for an award (or no appropriate person is nominated for an award) in a given year, then that honor will go un-awarded for that year.

Previous Award Winners

NCPTA Founders' Lectureship
The Chapter established the Founders' Lectureship in 1990 as a mechanism to honor those members who have set the standard for effective leadership within the Association. The award was established to pay tribute to the dedicated pioneers of physical therapy in North Carolina. The contributions of these remarkable therapist, educators, and humanitarians, cannot be over estimated as guiding spirits of the NCPTA and of the profession at large. Their professionalism and dedication to service set the standard upon which the NCPTA is founded.  This person has many years of sustained service to the NCPTA.

Purpose: 
1. The purpose of the Founders’ Lecture is to acknowledge and honor NCPTA members who, through their dedication to the profession of physical therapy and through their visionary leadership, have become mentors to others and who have made contributions of exceptional and enduring value.
2. It provides the recipient with the opportunity to share his/her achievements and ideas with the membership through a lecture presented at the NCPTA Fall Conference Awards Luncheon.

Eligibility:  
The nominee must be a member in good standing in the NCPTA and shall have a distinguished record of leadership and accomplishment within the physical therapy profession.

Olive V. Wortman Service Award
The Olive V. Wortman award was initiated in 1973 by the chapter to honor a member whose service to the chapter was exceptional and whose personal attributes exemplified dedication, loyalty, initiative, professionalism, humor, unselfishness, competence, warmth, industriousness, responsibility, and a unique consideration for the rights and privileges of others. In 1984 the NCPTA voted to retire the original Olive V. Wortman award and to establish a new award, continuing to honor Olive V. Wortman but with changes to the criteria to emphasize the candidate's service to the chapter and to the association.

Eligibility: 
1. All nominees for the Olive V. Wortman Service Award must be NCPTA members in good standing for at least 12 months prior to selection.
2. Nominees must have been employed in the profession of physical therapy for a minimum of 2 years.
3. Only NCPTA members in good standing may nominate a member for the Olive V. Wortman Service Award, however, support letters may come from any source 
4. Nominees must demonstrate outstanding service on a continuing basis to the North Carolina chapter through elective office, board activities, committee activities, Task Force, chapter appointments, NC Delegate to APTA HOD, district officer, etc.  The nominee will be judged on the basis of the results of his/her service and not merely on the duration of that service.
5. Service to APTA: The nominee must have demonstrated on a continuing basis, the development of the profession through involvement with APTA, service on regulatory boards, and involvement in legislative activities.                
6.  Persistent and lasting contributions in the following areas:
-Professional competence – clinical
--Has demonstrated evidence of exceptional service in the area of clinical practice.  Serves as a patient advocate.
Professional expertise – education. --Has demonstrated outstanding ability to educate and motivate colleagues and students to acquire new knowledge, and foster in them an attitude of professional responsibility in meeting the health needs of the people served by physical therapy.
--Service to the community at large.  Has provided service in the community, which demonstrates the scope and dimension of professional responsibility.
--Public relations or political participation.  Has participated in political action activities to further the cause of the profession and the clients served by physical therapy.

Ben F. Massey Jr. Public Service Award
To recognize an individual  who has publicly supported the physical therapy profession in North Carolina in the manner of Ben Massey who has a long history of service, to include serving the state and national associations as both NCPTA president and APTA president.

Eligibiltiy: 
1. Member of the state General Assembly, or staff person; member of congress, or staff person; state or Federal Agency official; celebrity or public figure; representative of sales or service company; any non-PT who has done superlative work in support of the PT profession

2. Someone who has gone above and beyond what is expected of him/her to support the physical therapy profession in North Carolina

3. The support could be, but not limited to, such areas as public recognition, consultation or legislation

Darlene M. Sekerak Legislative Service Award
To recognize a member of the NCPTA who has contributed significantly to the advancement of physical therapy in North Carolina (and nationally), though his/her legislative efforts in the manner of Dr. Sekerak, the founder of the University of Chapel Hill Physical Therapy Program.

Eligibility:  Be a member of good standing of the NCPTA for the two years (2) prior to nomination; Have contributed significantly to the legislative issues of the NCPTA through one or more of the following areas:
-Role as a key contact for a federal and/or state legislator
-Fundraising efforts for the NCPT-PAC
-Dedication in promoting legislative activities for issues impacting physical therapy

Outstanding PT Award (The Clinical Excellence Award has been combined with Outstanding PT award)
To recognize a PT who has demonstrated excellence in physical therapy in any venue or role: clinical practice, management, education, community engagement, or NCPTA/APTA volunteerism, for example.

Eligibility:  Be a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Have been a member of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association (NCPTA) for the two years prior to nomination. Have been employed in the profession of physical therapy for at least five (5) years.

-Show a willingness to “go that extra mile” to improve physical therapy as an effective and scientific profession that cares for the quality of life of their community and colleagues as exemplified by such activities as: Promoting legislation beneficial to consumers; Promoting recruitment of APTA/NCPTA members; Providing continuing education to therapists, committee(s)/delegation; Providing services to society; Enhancing the visibility of physical therapy; and/or Demonstrating outstanding qualities as a physical therapy clinician, researcher and/or educator.

Outstanding PTA Award 
To recognize a PTA who has demonstrated excellence in physical therapy assistant clinical practice, management, education, or NCPTA/APTA volunteerism

Eligibility:  Be a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Have been a member of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association (NCPTA) for the two years prior to nomination. Have been employed in the profession of physical therapy for at least five (5) years.

Show a willingness to “go that extra mile” to provide physical therapy services to patients and to the community 

Outstanding PT Student Award (new in 2016!)
To recognize a PT student who has gone above and beyond the normal rigors of physical therapy school by demonstrating excellence as a physical therapy student

Eligibility:  Must be a PT student in good standing at a North Carolina DPT program, nominated by a faculty member

Outstanding PTA Student Award (new in 2016!)
To recognize a PTA student who has gone above and beyond the normal rigors of physical therapy assistant school by demonstrating excellence as a PTA student and outstanding qualities or accomplishments relating to the physical therapy profession.

Eligibility:  Must be a PTA student in good standing at a North Carolina PTA program