|The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are finally underway and Team GB are already performing well with a number of medals won over the last few days.|
At ProActive we are proud to be supporting Sophie Kamlish, Stef Reid, Richard Whitehead and Jonnie Peacock as they prepare and compete in Tokyo. We wish them well in their competitions over the coming week….
Richard Nieveen is also part of Team GB having been accredited by the British Paralympic Association as Team Prosthetist and is in Tokyo to support all of Team GB’s prosthetic needs.
The final tweaks and preparations are done and the athletes are transferring from the holding camp to the Paralympic village prior to competing in their events.
We are posting stories from Richard Nieveen, in Tokyo, on our social media and TikTok – please follow the links at the top of this page for some great insights from the holding camp and Paralympic village.
If you would like to catch some of the action here are the dates and times
Stef Reid ~ T64 Long Jump ~ Sat 28 Aug 10:42 (02:42 London time)
Sophie Kamlish ~ T64 100m
Richard Whitehead ~ T61 200m ~ Fri 3 Sep 19:42 (11:42 London time)
lower limb prosthetics
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
You can keep up to date by checking this page or via our social media posts.
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:
Proactive have been privileged to work with Supervet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick to help little Ren get back on her feet. Ren suffered a devastating injury to her front left paw when another dog attacked her. Her owner, Julie, rushed her straight to her local vet who suggested a full leg amputation but she decided to turn to Professor Noel Fitzpatrick to see whether he could provide Ren with a bionic solution.
Noel examined Ren’s x-rays and discovered that her foot had been ripped off from the paw down. He was perfectly confident that she would live a long and happy life on three legs, and was reluctant to offer amputation prosthesis because she would face a major operation. Instead, he suggested a suction cup prosthesis (a removable foot). Julie was thrilled at the idea of Ren being able to walk again and even more so at the prospect of not having major surgery.
It would take a few weeks for Noel to work with a local prosthetics company to create Ren’s prosthetic foot but in the meantime, he was concerned about infection in her open wound and needed to seal it to create a stump for the prosthetic foot. He decided to cut back the bone up to her wrist and remove the infected area. He then created a stump for the prosthetic foot and and the team at Proactive bandaged her foot up to create a mould for the stump prosthesis. Ren was in great condition and spent the next five days on the ward recovering before Julie took her home.
Two months after the attack, Ren returned to Fitzpatrick Referrals to test out her prosthetic foot. The model consisted of two components – a silicon liner (to buffer the skin and avoid sores) and a carbon fibre sleeve produced with a rubber foot. Christophe Cointet from Proactive and Noel’s colleague Cameron assisted with fitting it – to ensure additional measurements were taken for the final model. The model needed just a few more tweaks before completion – it wasn’t long until Ren would be back up and running again.
Back in Bedfordshire, Ren started living life to the full with her prosthetic foot. Her brothers and sisters hadn’t even noticed any difference and welcomed her back to the pack. Julie had noticed how much more resilient she was and she was running around totally carefree – just as she was before.
Follow this link to view the episode of Supervet featuring Ren https://www.channel4.com/…/the-supervet…/on-demand/65174-018
ProActive are excited to announce that we have a new team member, Sarah Hughes, to provide physiotherapy support for our patients.
Sarah qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003 and started her career working for the NHS. After gaining experience in a variety of settings Sarah decided to specialise in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. For 12 years Sarah worked for the Ministry of Defence in various locations, providing physiotherapy to injured service personnel. Sarah spent 6 years working at DMRC Headley Court, firstly for the Complex Trauma department helping to rehabilitate amputee service personnel and those who had experienced significant trauma before moving to the lower limbs department as Clinical Lead Physiotherapist. In 2017 Sarah completed her MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Sarah also has experience of treating paediatric patients whether this be as result of trauma such as a fracture or developmental such as scoliosis.
Sarah is delighted to be at ProActive Prosthetics and is looking forward to providing physiotherapy rehabilitation to patients and helping them to achieve any goals they may have.