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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 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

Limbcare Technician of the Year closing date extended

The closing date for nominations for the Limbcare Technician of the Year Award has been extended until 29th of February. This is down to the fact that the judges will not be able to meet until late March to consider the nominations so we felt it would give us an opportunity to give nominators another month to send in their nominations.

Do you know a Technician who goes that extra mile? Someone who makes sure their patients device is suitable for their activities or has a great understanding of what their patient needs. Maybe it’s a Technician who has overcome barriers to allow them to carry out their duties, or Technicians who consistently produce excellent and innovative devices? Well now is your chance to give them something back by nominating them for the Limbcare Technician of the Year Award.

The prize is £400 and the Technician can be nominated by anyone, be it a Manager, a Clinician, a fellow Technician or a Patient or User. Limbcare will shortlist 3 Technicians before deciding the winner and the 2 runners-up will also receive a cash prize.

To nominate your Technician of the Year simply tell us in under 400 words why they should win this award. Send your entry together with a completed Nomination Detail Form to the BAPO Secretariat at the address below. Nomination forms can also be downloaded from the BAPO website www.bapo.com or click here

Please send your nomination to:

Limbcare Technician of the Year Award 2012

British Association of Prosthetists & Orthotists (BAPO)

Sir James Clark Building, Abbey Mill Business Centre, Paisley,

Renfrewshire, PA1 1TJ

Tel: 0141 561 7217 Fax: 0141 561 7218

Email: [email protected] Web: www.bapo.com

Limbcare Technician of the Year Award 2012

Do you know a Technician who goes that extra mile? Someone who makes sure their patients device is suitable for their activities or has a great understanding of what their patient needs. Maybe it’s a Technician who has overcome barriers to allow them to carry out their duties, or Technicians who consistently produce excellent and innovative devices? Well now is your chance to give them something back by nominating them for the Limbcare Technician of the Year Award.

The prize is £400 and the Technician can be nominated by anyone, be it a Manager, a Clinician, a fellow Technician or a Patient or User. Limbcare will shortlist 3 Technicians before deciding the winner and the 2 runners-up will also receive a cash prize.

To nominate your Technician of the Year simply tell us in under 400 words why they should win this award. Send your entry together with a completed Nomination Detail Form to the BAPO Secretariat at the address below. Nomination forms can also be downloaded from the BAPO website www.bapo.com

Nomination forms

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

Limbcare technician of the year award 2012

Nomination form for the above award can now be downloaded from the BAPO web site

Nomination forms link

Leipzig

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 website:www.confairmed.de/abstractsubmission

Topics

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.

Leipzig

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.

More info: http://www.ot-leipzig.de

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

I’m a Technician, Not a Magician By Tony Wickman, CTPO

The phrase “work your magic” is both a compliment and a curse. On one hand, it is a tremendous vote of confidence when someone clearly believes I have the skill, experience, wisdom, or whatever to turn a bad cast into a functional orthosis. On the other hand, I know who is hiding behind the curtain, and it’s just me. Yes, I have been doing this for a long time, and yes, I have seen a lot over the years. But, no, I am not in possession of any extraordinary powers. I know a lot of people who also have been doing this for so long that their skill, experience, wisdom, or whatever gives them the appearance of possessing magic powers as well, but sadly they don’t have magic powers either. The cold, cruel fact of the matter is that most of us just do the best we can.

I found this excellent article by Tony Wickman CTPO on the following web site www.oandp.com and on their Edge Publication. This is a very indepth web site/publication and it is well worth looking at on a regular basis. Many thanks to O&P The Edge for allowing us to use this article and link on our site.

To read this article in its entirety, see the September 2010 issue of The O&P EDGE: http://www.oandp.com/articles/2010-09_08.asp)

Ray Edwards video

Please have a look at this amazing video about Ray’s trip to climb Kilimanjaro. Ray will be speaking on the Saturday during the Technical Programme at Harrogate in three weeks time at the BAPO conference.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IskxB_dY5I

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