Courses

Career Fellowship Scheme

The AHP Career Fellowship Scheme exists to support learning and development opportunities for the benefit of the AHP workforce across NHSScotland.

The AHP Career Fellowship Scheme welcomes individual or team applications and is open from 10th April to 16th May 2012.

Guidance notes have been prepared to support the application process and Frequently Asked Questions have been produced to provide guidance on the Fellowship Scheme.

Further information on applying for funding can be found at Application Information.

The priority categories for 2012/13 continue to be AHP Support Workers and Assistant Practitioners. This includes prioritising applications from support staff as well as applications that will be for the direct benefit of support staff. Applications outwith the above categories will also be considered.

Following consultation with the NES Advisory Fora and members of the Career Fellowship Steering Group the following areas have been recommended as of high importance to NHSScotland.

Career Framework – level 2 support worker, level 3 senior support worker and level 4 assistant practitioners.
Skills including workforce analysis, measuring impact, research, service re-design, health promotion and communication
Care settings including early years services, dementia services, diabetes, dysphagia, chest and abdomen reporting, mental health in mainstream health settings, transitions for children moving to adult long term care services, supporting War Veterans experiencing complex trauma and need for prosthetics services, musculoskeletal advanced practice and delivering AHP services in the prison setting.
If you are considering applying for funding to undertake an HNC, further information regarding course content can be found at AHP Careers.

If you have any queries, please contact the AHP Careers Fellowship Scheme Project Team at ahp.fellowships@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Telford International Center

BAPO Conference 2013

The BAPO Conference 2013 will be held at the Telford International Center in Shropshire on the weekend of 22nd to 24th March 2013.

Different from previous BAPO Conferences the Technical Programme will be held on the Friday of the conference. In the next few months BAPO will release info of the programmes plus new ways to pay for your conference.

Telford International Center

BAPO Education Day 2012 and AGM

This event is taking place at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London on Saturday 10th March 2012

Please click here to find out about the programme for this event

BAPO members and non members can register for this event at the BAPO web site

BAPO 2012 P&O Clinical Development Day

This will take place on Saturday 10th March 2012

The location is UCL Institute of Child Health in London

Registration will be open soon watch out for invite and call for papers. For more info check out BAPO web site

Still a few place left for the Algeos Training Days

Algeos are pleased to annouce that they will be holding an in-house training day on the Amfit and Elftman systems. Presentations from clinical experts Heidi Meckler and Sarah Boardman will cover the full system capabilities and advantages to you and your business!

There will also be an opportunity to tour our factory premises including our Podiatry showroom.

Course dates:

Wednesday 14th December 2011 10am-3.30pm

Thursday 15th December 2011 10am-3.30pm

Amfit Orthotics Fabrication System
Presented by: Sara Boardman DPodM, MChS

Discover how the Amfit Orthotic Fabrication System can revolutionise how you create your orthotics. Be in complete control of your patients Orthotics (both accomodative & functional) from measurement and assessment to the complete manufacture of the fi nished device.

The Amfit systems can be matched to your own specific company requirements based on volumes, product needs and commitment level.

The full informative programme, to be presented by clinical expert Sara Boardman, will cover the full Amft capabilities including production methods and compatable materials.

■ Learn how to create accurate yet cost effective custom orthotics.
■ Learn how to fabricate Orthotics for most conditions in less than one hour!
■ Learn how to achieve precise, fast and repeatable results.
■ Making the business case work.
■ Growing your business with Amfit.

Elftman Foot Pressure Analysis System
Presented by: Heidi Meckler BSc, MChS, HPC Reg

The Podotech Elftman is a versatile, efficient, cost effective comprehensive foot analysis system. Quick and easy to use, the Podotech Elftman is an essential tool when working in any fast-paced clinical environment.

The full informative programme, to be presented by biomechanics expert Heidi Meckler, will cover the extraordinary & highly reliable capabilities of the Podotech Elftman.

■ Learn about the 3 Scan types: Static, Dynamic & Postural
■ Learn about the comparative capabilities.
■ Learn about the immediate storage & report generation.

We are offering this 1 day training session FREE OF CHARGE on the 14th* and 15th* of December 2011. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Numbers are limited and as we are sure it will prove to be a popular event, we recommend you book now to secure your place.

Please speak to your Algeos sales representative to confirm your attendance at this event, or alternatively contact Francis Barrett at: francis.barrett@algeos.com.

*Please state your choice of day when you confi rm attendance

Orthotics Technology Forum 2012 dates announced

Orthotics Technology Forum 2012 dates announced!
Next year’s Orthotic Technology Forum will be held on 12th & 13th July 2012 at University of Salford in Greater Manchester, UK.
The 2 day conference will include an evening meal at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United.
The programme is set to as varied and educational as this year’s event, showing technology which is currently being used in the design and manufacture of orthotic insoles as well as what may be on the horizon.
This event will again be CPD approved and count towards your professional development.
Please put the dates in your diary now and we will update you shortly when the programme is confirmed and when registration opens.

Visit www.orthotics-technology-forum.com for more information.

Why University of Salford?
The University of Salford has fantastic new facilities in its School for Health, Sports and Rehibilitation, including a multi million pound podiatry clinic, digital analysis rooms and orthotics labs.
The University is home to UNIPOD (United National Institute for Prosthetics & Orthotics Development) – The only Prosthetics and Orthotics higher education provider in England.
University of Salford’s podiatry clinic

Old Trafford
Included in your registration for the event, will be an evening meal on Thursday 12th July for all of our delegates to attend to relax, network and socialise.

Next year’s meal will be held at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football Club. Delegates will be invited to enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the club’s Museum which houses three floors of history and memorabelia before enjoying a 3 course meal in the Evolution Suite with fantastic pitch side views.
Old Trafford pitch

Why should you attend?
You will see technologies already being used successfully by orthotics laboratories around the world alongside emerging technologies and research projects giving an insight into custom orthotic advances over the next few years.
The event is educational and will expose attendees to new and emerging technologies including hands on experience with a tour of University of Salford’s podiatry facilities as well as contribute towards your continued professional development.
There will also be an opportunity for delegates and speakers to network during the sessions and breaks to share experiences.
Who should attend?
• Laboratory Managers
• Innovative Podiatrists / Orthotists
• Anyone interested in improving the efficiency and profitability of their laboratory or clinic
Register your place and pay online at www.orthotics-technology-forum.com or contact Hannah Harlock at hlh@delcam.com.
Once you have successfully registered for the event, you will be sent confirmation along with details of hotels that we have negotiated special rates with.
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Foundation Degree in Clinical Technology – applications now being accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the new Foundation Degree in Clinical Technology at London South Bank Unniversity.

It is possible for students to apply online at http://clearing.lsbu.ac.uk/ This will speed up the enrolment procedure.

London South Bank University’s (LSBU) Faculty of Engineering, Science and The Built Environment is launching a new Foundation Degree in Clinical Technology this September.

The validated two-year course has been developed to support technical and support staffs who are already employed within the rehabilitation sector, including prosthetics, orthotics, and special seating. An Open Day, which will include talks from the Course Director, LSBU’s Dr Geoff Goss, and a number of top industry names, will be held on LSBU’s Southwark campus on Monday 20 June.

The course was developed when LSBU was approached by colleagues from the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, and the programme of study was subsequently designed in close partnership with the NHS, industry and the Associated Parliamentary Limb Loss Group. It has been developed in response to a recognised skills gap. This skills gap has resulted from the shortage of apprenticeships during the 1980s and 1990s, which created an aging workforce. The course will also help to meet the growing need for special seating, orthotics and prosthetic devices in the UK due to the increase in diabetes, neurological conditions, an aging population and casualties from conflict zones. Students will be able to broaden and extend the experience they have already gained in the work place through four main core subject areas – mechanics, materials, manufacturing and design, and clinical rehabilitation. They will also be taught how to utilise the latest innovative technologies.

Dr Geoff Goss, of LSBU’s Faculty of Engineering, Science and The Built Environment says: “We are really excited about the launch of the new Clinical Technology course at LSBU. There is a clearly established need for this course with the industry skills gap set against a growing demand for these devices due to the dramatic rise in diabetes and an increasingly aging population. Technicians will be able to bring back skills to their workplace, including making the most of the latest technologies, which will not only further their own professional development but also benefit their employers too.”
Jose Spring, Research and Development Coordinator at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, says: “The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability appreciates LSBU’s enthusiasm in providing training on special seating, which is not provided anywhere else in the UK. It will be an extremely well-rounded course, for the first time, spanning both the faculties of Health & Social Care and Engineering.”

AHP Careers Fellowship Scheme – Applications for Funding Now Open

Following the success of the launch of NES’s AHP Careers Fellowship Scheme in winter 2010, the Fellowship is once again open for applications.

Applications can be submitted from 7 July 2011, with a closing date of 31st August 2011. All applications received will be reviewed in September 2011 and candidates will be informed on their funding status.

For information on the AHP Careers Fellowship Scheme and to access the application form and accompanying guidance notes, please go to:

http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/disciplines/allied-health-professionals/ahp-careers-fellowship-scheme

SOUTHBANK

London South Bank University launches clinical course for prosthetics, orthotics, and special seating

SOUTHBANK

London South Bank University’s (LSBU) Faculty of Engineering, Science and The Built Environment is launching a new Foundation Degree in Clinical Technology this September.

The validated two-year course has been developed to support technical and support staffs who are already employed within the rehabilitation sector, including prosthetics, orthotics, and special seating. An Open Day, which will include talks from the Course Director, LSBU’s Dr Geoff Goss, and a number of top industry names, will be held on LSBU’s Southwark campus on Monday 20 June.

The course was developed when LSBU was approached by colleagues from the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, and the programme of study was subsequently designed in close partnership with the NHS, industry and the Associated Parliamentary Limb Loss Group. It has been developed in response to a recognised skills gap. This skills gap has resulted from the shortage of apprenticeships during the 1980s and 1990s, which created an aging workforce. The course will also help to meet the growing need for special seating, orthotics and prosthetic devices in the UK due to the increase in diabetes, neurological conditions, an aging population and casualties from conflict zones. Students will be able to broaden and extend the experience they have already gained in the work place through four main core subject areas – mechanics, materials, manufacturing and design, and clinical rehabilitation. They will also be taught how to utilise the latest innovative technologies.

Dr Geoff Goss, of LSBU’s Faculty of Engineering, Science and The Built Environment says: “We are really excited about the launch of the new Clinical Technology course at LSBU. There is a clearly established need for this course with the industry skills gap set against a growing demand for these devices due to the dramatic rise in diabetes and an increasingly aging population. Technicians will be able to bring back skills to their workplace, including making the most of the latest technologies, which will not only further their own professional development but also benefit their employers too.”
Jose Spring, Research and Development Coordinator at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, says: “The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability appreciates LSBU’s enthusiasm in providing training on special seating, which is not provided anywhere else in the UK. It will be an extremely well-rounded course, for the first time, spanning both the faculties of Health & Social Care and Engineering.”

Michael O’Byrne, Chief Executive Officer of the Ability Technology Group, says: “This is a much needed development for the training and education of technicians. It creates the opportunity for progression for technicians who wish to commit to this initiative. I believe it will be well supported by employers.”

Steve McNeice of the Associate Parliamentary Limb Loss Group says: “This innovative and inspirational course will provide many new skilled caring healthcare professionals hopefully for some years yet to come, improving the quality and range of services provided to patients and individual patient outcomes and quality of life.”

Students can only be accepted onto the course if they are able to undergo work-based learning.

To find out more about the Open Day or to order a course information booklet, call 020 7815 7625

CADCAM ORTHOTICS

Custom Orthotic Insoles Technology Forum

CADCAM ORTHOTICS

A new open event for the discussion of digital technology

19th & 20th May 2011, University of Bath, UK

Introduction

The Orthotic Technology Forum is the first event to focus on discussing new technologies and processes designed to assist Practitioners and Laboratories in prescribing and manufacturing Custom Orthotic Insoles. Our guest speakers are leading the way in developing and using different types of technology, from hardware devices to help measure biomechanical features, pressure and anatomical form, CADCAM tools for plasterless manufacture, as well as new ideas for increasing productivity and reducing manufacturing costs.

What subjects will be covered?

This is a unique opportunity for you to see a wide range of innovative technologies from a varied range of organisations, including:

Larry Huppin , Medical Director of Prolab Orthotics (USA)
Evidence based medicine: Foot imaging for custom functional foot orthoses

Craig Payne, Senior Lecturer, Latrobe University (Australia)
Cost benefit comparison of plaster casts and optical scans for the manufacture of foot orthoses

Clifton Bradeley, Owner, SUB 4 (UK)
New digital biomechanical evaluation devices and related theories

Craig Tanner, Head Podiatrist, Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital (Qatar)
Digital Orthotic System – Exploring the possibilities in a Sports Medicine Service

Stephen Newman, Professor of Engineering, University Of Bath (UK)
Cryogenic machining of soft material orthotics

Phil Wells, Technical Support Manager, Salts TechStep (UK)
Advanced CADCAM for custom Orthotic Insole Design

Chris Lawrie, Healthcare BDM, Delcam Plc (UK)
Workflow Management – web based orthotic order management

Lloyd Thomas, Owner, CycleFit (Germany)
Digital technologies for professional cyclist insoles

Adrian Bowyer, Founder of the RepRap Project, University Of Bath (UK)
Low Cost 3D Printing of custom insoles

Dr Roozbeh Naemi, Senior Research Officer (Iran), Staffordshire University
Mathematical force modelling to help design custom shoe soles and insoles

Francis Barrett , ALGEOS (UK)
Materials Technology

Michel Babin, President, TechMed 3D Inc. (USA)
Converting the clinician to CAD/CAM; a step by step approach

Greg Armstrong, President of sales and marketing, Mile High Orthotics (USA)
Going digital – are you ready?

* Content of this event may vary due to personal circumstances of the speakers.

Why Bath?

The University of Bath is pioneering research into advanced manufacturing technologies and their application in the custom orthotic insoles industry. The Roman Spa town of Bath is a beautiful traditional English town which was the setting for many of Jane Austen’s famous novels with many attractions for you to visit during your stay. See www.visitbath.co.uk for more information and to plan your visit.

How to register your place

There will be a fee of £50.00 for delegates attending this event. If you would like to attend this event, please register and pay online at www.orthotics-cadcam.com/event or contact Hannah Harlock at hlh@delcam.com. Once you have successfully registered for the event, you will be sent confirmation along with details of hotels that we have negotiated special rates with.

Why should you attend?

You will see technologies already being used successfully by orthotics laboratories around the world alongside emerging technologies and research projects giving an insight into custom orthotic advances over the next few years. The event is educational and will expose attendees to new and emerging technologies including hands on experience with a tour of University of Bath’s machining facilities aswell as contribute towards your continued professional development.

There will also be an opportunity for delegates and speakers to network during the sessions and breaks to share experiences ,as well as giving you time to explore the Roman Spa Town of Bath with us.

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