|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)
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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We are delighted to announce that Alan McDougall joined the team as Clinical Prosthetist this week.
Alan is a highly skilled Prosthetist with 11 years of clinical experience in the field of prosthetics. During his career he has undertaken a variety of unique and interesting roles within the industry. Starting his career with Blatchfords, in a busy London NHS clinic.
Alan soon established himself as Clinical Lead and developed an interest in research and development. Alan was then able to combine his NHS role with a role in Blatchfords Research and Development team, the only department of its kind in the UK. Alan was heavily involved in many innovative projects including new designs for trans-femoral sockets, and the development of microprocessor controlled prosthetic components that we can see in the market place today. These include the Elan foot and the Linx limb system.
More recently Alan has worked with Ottobock, the world’s leading manufacturer of prosthetic components, as an Academy Clinician. His role included training qualified Prosthetists in the use of use the latest state of the art prosthetic components including the Genium and X3 knees, Empower foot and the Michelangelo bionic arm.
However, Alan’s true passion in prosthetics is patient care and socket technology, so keen to return to this focus, he joined the ProActive Prosthetics team in May 2018.
We are pleased to announce our clinical partnership with Remedy Healthcare UK.
Together, ProActive Prosthetics and Remedy Healthcare UK provide a multi-disciplinary solution for cases that require prosthetic or orthotic management.
As clinical partners, our shared philosophy and expertise in patient focused, individualised and high-quality treatment, ensures patients have a rapid and seamless access to the modalities of treatment they need to achieve maximum function, mobility, comfort and independence.
Both ProActive and Remedy Healthcare UK have a proven track record in achieving excellent outcomes and their clinicians are truly experts within their fields. This combined approach to prosthetic and orthotic rehabilitation means that an individual can attend one assessment and be provided with a plan of co-ordinated, intensive rehabilitation on a Consultant-led programme alongside their prosthetic or orthotic provision.
ProActive Prosthetics was founded by Richard Nieveen in 2001 and has established itself as a world class provider and specialist prosthetic facility employing a team of leading clinicians and technical staff.
Remedy Healthcare UK is a new provider of rehabilitation for those with complex musculoskeletal injuries, including limb loss. Remedy’s Consultant-led, multi-disciplinary clinical team, has extensive experience in delivering the military model of rehabilitation at Headley Court and looks to offer the same level of opportunity to a civilian population.
Working closely together, ProActive Prosthetics and Remedy Healthcare UK, seek to achieve optimum outcomes for our patients and offer our referrers a gold standard, collaborative amputee rehabilitation service.
ProActive hosted an Open Evening for Students on 18th April 2018.
Five students who had expressed an interest in a career in prosthetics, orthotics and associated industries and professions attended our Students Open Evening. The event included a tour of our clinic and manufacturing facilities, practical demonstrations and the opportunity to talk to members of our multi-disciplinary team.
Jane Hunter (Prosthetist and Orthotist) and Christophe Cointet (Prosthetist) gave practical demonstrations on the manufacture and fitting of prosthetics and orthotics as well as some valuable insights into ‘a day in the life of” a prosthetist or orthotist. The students made the most of the opportunity to ask lots of questions.
The evening was rounded up with more Q&A and a video presentation about the degree course in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Strathclyde University.
The feedback from the event was excellent:
‘[ProActive] gave lots of information, showed different sides I hadn’t considered’
‘Great insight to what both careers include and what day-to-day life would be like.’
‘Jane and Christophe were very knowledgeable and helpful.’
‘Allowed me to get an understanding of the process.’
Strictly Come Dancing sent home Jonnie Peacock this week as the Paralympic champion became the eighth to depart the dance floor.
Jonnie told host Tess Daly: “I think it’s been an absolute honour to be the first disabled person [on Strictly] and I want to thank each and every one of you for judging me as an equal.”
Of the judge’s comments he said “That’s what I want. You’ve been critical with me and I want that criticism. I think that’s fantastic and hope it paves the way for more people to come through and I think they may be able to stick their bum under a bit better than me.”
“I need to say an absolutely gigantic thank you to this woman [Oti] for pushing me because she knows what I’m capable of. Her choreography has been has been outstanding, and for putting up with me – thank you so much.”
His professional dancing partner, Oti added: “This has been one of the most life changing things that could ever happen to me. Jonnie is not only an inspiration but he represents so much more. If anybody wants to do anything, if you put your mind to it then you can achieve it and that’s what he represents.”