Catastrophic Injury Conference exceeds all expectations

Dorset Orthopaedic recently held its third annual Case Manager Conference entitled ‘Strive for Better. Catastrophic Injury Conference’ and welcomed over 100 guests to listen to expert speakers and gain valuable insights into the crucial role of surgery, prosthetics and rehabilitation.

Held at the prestigious Aviator Hotel on the outskirts of Farnborough airfield, the event began with a three course meal the evening before, where guests enjoyed the hospitality, good company and a thoroughly entertaining ‘after dinner speech’ from Dorset Orthopaedic patient and star of Channel 4’s ‘The Last Leg’, Alex Brooker.

Following an introduction from Clinical Services Director, Matthew Hughes, the jam packed agenda began with an insight into changing patient behaviours from Midland Clinic Physio, Beth Langley.

Next to take the stage was fellow Physio from the Southern Clinic, Mary Tebb. Mary talked about outcome measures and their importance in evaluating the progress made by patients during their rehabilitation.

After a short break where delegates had the opportunity to chat to a variety of manufacturers and charities in attendance at the mini exhibition area, the day continued with an eye opening presentation from renowned Surgeon, Alex Crick. Alex who works as a Plastic Surgeon at Salisbury District Hospital gave an overview of the importance of good revisional surgery and its importance in successful rehabilitation.

Prior to a delicious lunch, the delegates were treated to some expert insights by our very own Kevin Shaw and Gillian Burrage, looking in to decision making processes of Prosthetists when prescribing lower limb prostheses.  This was followed by Matthew Hughes discussing the story of Osseointegration so far with our clients in the UK.

The afternoon session started with a fascinating talk by Jóna Sigurdardottir from Ossur and her demonstrator patient Gummi who introduced the first mind controlled bionic  lower limb.

The afternoon then focused more on upper limb solutions including talks from Jay Burkholder from Mobius Bionics in the US who introduced the new Luke Arm to the audience and demonstrated its capabilities. Finally Michael Auer from Ottobock Vienna presented the advancements in pattern recognition for upper limb prostheses, combined with cosmetic solutions available for patients.

Sandwiched between talks throughout the day were engaging real life stories from seven of our patients including Mike Wildeman, Caroline Rutley-Frayne, Hannah Moore, Mark Pattenden, Dawn Simpson, Alex Patterson and Paralympian Dave Henson who closed the conference with a run through of ‘Big Dave Henson’s Recipe for Success’ which resonated with many in the audience.

Overall, the third annual conference was the biggest to date and was valued by those who attended. One Case Manager commented “thank you and everyone for a really excellent day yesterday; probably the best seminar in every way that I have ever attended” and another supported this by saying, “I am sure a lot of hard work went into organising such a professional, informative but also fun conference with a great chance to network at the dinner last night.”

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