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O&P Online learning

The American web site has launched an online learning service, this can be found by clicking here

Use the OLC Course Finder or search box to choose a course of interest. Purchase a course and complete the quiz to receive continuing education credits. Results are provided to ABC, BOC and the CBCPO. If you want you can just view the course without completing the exam and of course you will not receive any CPD credits.

These credits could of course be used as part of your CPD for HPC registration.

UERM inaugurates Philippine school of prosthetics and orthotics

The University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc (UERMMMCI) recently inaugurated the Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (PSPO) at its campus in Quezon City.

The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was headlined by the Guest of honor Ms. Viel Aquino-Dee , Tan Yan Kee Trustee Ms. Shirley Tan Chua, UERMMMCI President Dr. Romeo Divinagracia and UERMMMCI- CAReS Dean Dr. Raquel Cabazor.

PSPO is part of an international network with Cambodia Trust and Nippon Foundation as partners. These institutions’ main goal is to empower PWDs in every aspect of their lives—especially those who are poor, unemployed or those who do not have any access to mobility devices. Cambodia Trust and Nippon Foundation found UERM’s physical therapy and rehabilitation program to be of perfect fit and best matched their vision and philosophy. A $7 million grant for UERM’s PSPO curriculum, spread over 10 years through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), was signed in October 2010.

PSPO, which is under the UERMMMCI College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences, is currently accepting applications for the Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics degree.

The degree program includes rigid and intensive practice and hands-on training on Prosthetics and Orthotics with subjects including Anatomy and Physiology, Technical Engineering, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Prosthetics and Orthotics, to name a few. Students will be mentored by an international faculty composed of experts in prosthetics/orthotics education from Canada, Japan, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Some of PSPO’s future local faculties are now abroad for hands-on training and skills acquisition specific to this transfer of technology.

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 [email protected]

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: [email protected].

*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 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 or contact Hannah Harlock at [email protected].
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 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.”


Orthopadie Reha 2012 – Call for Papers

Every two years, the ORTHOPÄDIE + REHA-TECHNIK is held in Leipzig as a globally leading event in the trade. In 2012 once again the world congress and the world’s largest trade show for the sector are being held in parallel. In Leipzig you will meet fellow professionals with whom you can change ideas and experiences. The four-day world congress (Tuesday to Friday) starts on 15 May 2012, one day before the international trade show.

Raise your profile at the world congress

The program committee invites free paper submissions for the world congress.

Submission of abstracts

To be considered for presentation at the congress, abstracts must be submitted online for review by September 30, 2011.
Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the congress


Topics suitable for presentation at the congress include: Prosthetics, Orthotics, Foot and Shoe, Rehabilitation, Rehab Technologies (Seating & Wheelchairs) and Open Topics (Developing Countries, Appropriate Technologies, Materials Research and Measurement Techniques).

Peer review procedure and acceptance of free papers

At the close of free paper submission (September 30, 2011) abstracts will be anonymized and distributed to assigned reviewers for assessment and comment. On the basis of the reviews, the program committee will accept or reject the submissions. Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process by the end of November 2011.

Congress languages

Congress languages are German and English. Simultaneous translations into both languages will be offered.

Presentation format

Free papers at the congress will be presented in podium/oral or poster format.
Posters will be displayed in the poster exhibition in front of the lecture halls. Poster presentations and viewings will be held daily during lunch break.

Keynote lectures – Specialist knowledge from international experts

Internationally renowned experts will talk in keynote lectures on their specialist fields. No other events will be held in parallel to these 30 minute lectures. You will find more information here.


Symposia – Broad spectrum of topics, professional discussions

Further core topics will be explored in chaired discussions in the symposia. A total of roughly 35 lecture blocks will be conducted in parallel in three halls over the four days of the congress. The structure of the 2012 congress will be more oriented towards communication and discussion, and special features such as “Meet the speaker” and interdisciplinary case studies will be introduced. The planned symposia can be found here.

Congress structure

Every day, 3 time frames will be offered in parallel in each of the 3 halls. No other lecture series will be held parallel to the keynote lectures. The congress opens from 09:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

International Youth Academy

Students in the field of prosthetics, orthotics, orthopaedic shoe technology and physiotherapy will be given the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and experiences on an interdisciplinary basis in their own dedicated promotional area. The range of things on offer at the “Youth.Academy” also include an internships exchange, meetings with the directors of human resources and heads of research departments from individual exhibiting companies, as well as access to some of the professional development sessions. All those interested will find more information on Facebook.

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