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


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


Custom Orthotic Insoles Technology Forum


A new open event for the discussion of digital technology

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


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 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 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.

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.

Naidex Birmingham 2011

Niadex is the UK’s largest homecare, disability and rehabilitation event with over 360 exhibitors featuring the latest products and services to aid independent living. See below what a visit to Naidex will offer you – all for free.

Healthcare professionals…Healthcare Professionals at Naidex

* Keep up-to-date with the latest products on show from over 350 exhibiting companies
* Learn about the issues and developments facing your profession, in our free CPD seminar programme
* Book free group or one-on-one sessions in the CPD Clinic
* Pick up CPD certificates for inclusion in your portfolio

Members of the public…

* Touch, test and compare thousands of products to help you make the right purchasing decision
* Visit the new feature areas providing the latest information on independent living
* Get information and advice on products, employment and benefits applicable to you
* Free entry and a warm welcome at the country’s most accessible venue

Trade visitors…

* Gain a better understanding of the dynamics in your market place
* A great networking opportunity. Meet a large proportion of the industry in one hit
* Source new suppliers and make useful contacts

Show Opening Times:
Tuesday 5th April 2011: 10.00-17.00
Wednesday 6th April 2011: 10.00 – 17.00
Thursday 7th April 2011: 10.00 – 16.00

Naidex takes place at the NEC Birmingham

More and registration:

Training courses for Technicians


The Technician committee of BAPO in association with Algeos are looking to put together some training courses for Technicians.  These courses will take place at Algeos training facility in Liverpool and may be one day courses or two day courses depending on the subject.  We have access to local hotels to put attendees up.  We hope that the courses will also have practical elements to them.

We hope that the courses will be able to attract funding from the OETT this means that the attendees will be able to claim back from OETT the cost of the course, travel to the course and up to £60 per night’s accommodation.

Now the hard bit what subject would you like to see us cover.  I have started a thread over on the forum page and I would like to ask you to take time to visit the forum and post your views.


New ISPO education courses around the world


Admissions Open For Training Programs At Mobility India
In 2002, to cater for a need in the field of prosthetics, orthotics and rehabilitation therapy in India and other developing countries, Mobility India (MI) started a program for a Certificate in Lower Limb Prosthetics, Lower Limb Orthotics (which have been recognized by ISPO as Category II training programs) and a course in Rehabilitation Therapy.

This year MI is stepping into its 10th year of training. The first series starts on July 4, 2011 with the P&O and Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant (RTA) program.

For more information on applications, program courses, and fees, please visit Mobility India

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