We are pleased to announce that on 20th April 2022 Proactive Prosthetics Ltd was acquired by Ability Matters Group. Ability Matters Group is an international group of companies whose principal activity is providing services that enhance the lives of those who require devices to improve their mobility and accessibility.
Whilst Proactive will continue to provide the same individual, professional and caring services we have built our reputation on, we are excited for the opportunities that Ability Matters Group offer by providing access to cutting-edge technologies and supporting the continued development of our services. The team at Proactive will remain the same and Richard Nieveen will continue to be part of the team, as well as providing specialist prosthetic support to Ability Matters Group.
It was a privilege for Richard Nieveen to be given official accreditation by British Paralympic Association (BPA) and to be the first prosthetist to be part of Paralympics Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Paralympic accreditation is a very significant document; it dictates where you can go and what you can do at the Games. Unlike previous Games (London 2012 and Rio 2016) where he travelled independently as personal prosthetist with occasional access to a workshop, in Tokyo I was with the athletes 24/7 as they prepared and competed in their events.
At Proactive we are very proud of the athletes we supported as part of Team GB and the successes they shared with the rest of the Paralympic Team GB.
Click here> to read the full reflection on Tokyo 2020 by Richard Nieveen
As concern about coronavirus deepens, the team at Proactive would like to assure all our patients and customers that we are making every effort to ensure that we can continue to provide our services to them whilst following Government and WHO guidelines.
Staff have been advised to stay at home if they or one of their household are not well and all have technical facilities in place to allow access to records and work from home as required.
Our excellent hygiene standards have been maintained and enhanced to provide the safest possible environment for all our visitors and staff.
We are able to provide our services whilst maintaining required ‘social distancing’ from staff and other visitors (other than required clinical contact).
We have so far been able to provide a clinical service for all patients who require it. This can be achieved by visiting us but we are also able to provide advice and support over the phone or by video link. Please contact us using the details below to arrange appropriate assistance.
If you have an appointment at Proactive and you are not well, we respectfully request that you contact us to re-arrange it using the contact details below.
Tel: 01252 702500
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On 22 November 2019 Proactive and Re:medy Healthcare, were proud to host their third workshop based, educational seminar exploring the complex journey through rehabilitation following limb loss.
The unique value that the team at Re:medy bring to this journey is their military experience in providing multi-disciplinary rehabilitation in highly complex major trauma for active individuals. They are the experts in this field and fully understand the value and importance of early, co-ordinated intervention, in all aspects of recovery, to facilitate the best possible outcomes; getting ‘fitter quicker’. These values are mirrored at Proactive and together we provide the best possible results for patients following limb loss.
The day began with a welcome and introduction to this complex journey by Richard Nieveen and Dr Ian McCurdie followed by six workshops.
The first was a teamwork session exploring the challenges faced by a person who finds themselves traumatically injured. Participants learned the importance of recognising the unknown journey that lies ahead and how a team of experts can carefully and constructively make that journey as effective as possible, leading to improved outcomes for the individuals and their families.
Next, a session demonstrating issues faced with scaring and oedema in early rehabilitation was one of the most popular as it was an area that is not often covered or recognised in the rehabilitation process.
Then, in Proactive’s technical workshop participants were able to watch a live demonstration of the process of making a prosthetic socket. A true appreciation of the skill and detail required to create a functional comfortable socket.
Pain was explored in the next workshop investigating non-pharmacological methods of pain relief, including mirror therapy.
Further sessions on upper and lower limb prosthetics and orthotics, including practical demonstrations by patients, gave participants a hands on insight into what can be achieved and the importance of comfort and function restored to the lives of amputees.
The recent advances in upper limb prosthetic technology is striking – the session demonstrated the functionality and dexterity achievable whilst explaining the amount of input and commitment required by the individual and healthcare professionals supporting them to benefit from this most advanced technology.
Finally, by popular demand a consideration of the psychological impact of major trauma was led by Dr Matt Beadman.
The day was rounded up with a panel Q&A discussion before drinks and networking.
Below are a few of the comments from the participants:
‘Very useful and productive session, extremely helpful and very informative’
‘Very smooth day, very well run. Interesting / passionate speakers. Good mix of delegates.’
‘A very interesting day. Seeing the prosthetics in use was great.’
‘Really insightful day. Really good to get an understanding of different impacts.’
‘Thank you all for such an informative day which was also great fun!’
‘Thank you so much for hosting such an informative day. Great to experience all the work shops and gain a greater understanding of the journey of each product / patient design and to be able to meet with advocates of the Proactive Prosthetics products to appreciate the user perspective. Delicious lunch, warm reception and lovely environment to have been learning on a rainy Friday.’
A summary sheet of the key points discussed about our Remedy : Proactive Partnership is available by clicking the link below:
We plan to run more seminars in the spring and autumn 2020. If you are interested in booking a place please contact us:
Tel: 01252 702500
Remedy Healthcare and Proactive Prosthetics, in a clinical partnership, are delivering a high quality, and true multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation following limb loss.
On Thursday 16th May 2019 Proactive and Remedy hosted an educational seminar. Our best ever!
Following on from a hugely successful seminar last year, we abandoned PowerPoint presentations (well almost!) and provided a day of small group interactive workshops. The participants, a mix of lawyers, insurers and case managers, enjoyed learning, by seeing and being involved, about the journey to successful rehabilitation following complex trauma covering the following areas:
Non-pharmacological Pain Relief
Discussion and demonstrations of alternative forms of pain relief for amputees
Scars, Oedema and Pre-prosthetic Management
Education in a frequently overlooked area of rehabilitation of amputees
Technical Demonstrations of Prosthetic Manufacture and Components
Product and patient demonstrations in our high tech lab
Upper Limb Prosthetics
Demonstrations of the latest technologies in this rapidly progressing area of prosthetics
Not just for the Paralympians; returning to sport is an important part of the rehab journey
Shark Infested Waters
A team activity to illustrate the rehabilitation journey
Feedback from the day was fantastic – tops marks for all workshops and some great comments:
‘Best seminar day I have attended. The small workshops were so practical and informative. I would recommend to all.’
‘Excellent, interactive and great – thanks’
‘Excellent day. really beneficial to have the small group workshops’
‘Fantastic – best way to do a seminar’
If you would like to attend our next seminar, please contact us: