All roads lead to The Telford International Conference Centre for the BAPO 2013 Conference which is the biggest Orthotic and Prosthetic exhibition in the UK.
Come and see the team from A.Algeo Ltd they are on stands 6, 7 & 8, you cannot miss us as we are the first stand you will see as you enter the exhibition hall.
On Friday at 4.30pm after the Technical Programme come and join the guys from Algeos for a drink at the sponsored Show and Tell.
Also on Sunday come and see renowned speaker Craig Payne. Craig is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Podiatry at LaTrobe University in Melbourne Australia. Craig is widely published and as such has over 50 publications in his name and regularly lectures internationally on foot orthotics and foot biomechanics. His research interests have been the determinants of outcomes of foot orthotics, the windlass mechanism; and the kinetic effects of foot orthoses. Most recently interest has shifted to the debates surrounding barefoot or minimalist running and the role of foot orthoses as short or long term interventions.
Forget your enemies, it’s your Facebook friends you need to fear
Nearly a decade ago, Dan Gillmor described the transformative effect of social media on journalism “from a lecture to a conversation” (We the Media, 2004).
Other industries have seized on the power of the virtual dialogue with the customer to feed product development, market research, customer service and brand loyalty. The entertainment industry, marketing services, consumer technology and retail have used social media to change how they do business and how their customers perceive them.
Even the old media have been transformed by new media. As online publications drove down advertising rates and free information undermined paid-for circulation, print publishers have embraced new media to survive.
Social media has changed the course of history in even more dramatic ways. Skilful deployment of social marketing techniques by the Obama campaign is widely credited with putting America’s first black president in the White House. In the Arab spring, social media helped bring about the opposite effect and was instrumental in dismantling several regimes.
By contrast, use of social media in the NHS is – to put it kindly – in its infancy. The most common use of the technology is in distribution of public health messages – still a lecture – and while we exhort NHS colleagues to give patients a voice, we deny NHS staff the means to listen or reply by blocking access to social media in the workplace.
People who think there is no place for social media at work or that it should be left to the pointy heads in the comms team are missing the point.
Facebook isn’t the answer, but it shows what’s possible. Facebook is eight years old and has 950 million active users. That’s engagement to die for.
Social media promotes easy access to information, connects people in ways that were not possible before, enables collaboration and dynamic networks – virtual organisations able to form and disband at speed.
It doesn’t take a great leap of imagination to see how the same tools could transform conventional and expensive methods of consulting health service users, enabling many more people to take part and achieving the political aims of greater representation, transparency and accountability.
Harnessing people power is good for business – that’s the evidence from the commercial world, where companies that adopt social media enjoy a 50% increase in customer satisfaction, according to McKinsey.
At the other extreme is Netflix, an online entertainment company whose decision to change its pricing strategy provoked fury among customers. A revolt on Twitter and Facebook led within the space of a few months to the loss of 800,000 customers and two-thirds of the company’s market value.
Engagement has got to be an integral part of what you do. You hear the same message wherever the NHS is doing a good job of working with patients – not only is it everyone’s job, it is the job. Like or not, social media will be part of it.
The statutory duty to engage imposed on NHS organisations is irrelevant compared with the power of social approval and its equal and opposite destructive power. Commissioning organisations, hospital trusts and other providers don’t need to worry about regulators or government departments; it’s their friends and followers they need to fear.
Proposals for a new scheme from April 2015
Calculators have been developed to enable members of the NHS Pension Scheme to estimate their future benefits and see any changes to their current scheme benefits, under the Government’s proposed new scheme. There are separate calculators for Agenda for Change staff and medical and dental staff in the hospital and community health services.
Entering personal, career and salary details into the appropriate calculator will provide estimates of the following information:
the amount of pension entitlement a member would have received at their current normal pension age (NPA) under the existing scheme to which they belong, at current prices
how much longer it will take a member to accrue the same benefits under the proposed new scheme
the amount of pension entitlement a member will have if they retired at the new scheme’s NPA.
They also provide members with the opportunity to estimate the amount of pension entitlement they will be entitled to, at a retirement date they specify.
These calculators are based on the NHS Pension scheme specific discussions and have been developed, shared and discussed with the NHS trade unions.
Links to these can be found here:
This event is taking place at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London on Saturday 10th March 2012
Please click here to find out about the programme for this event
BAPO members and non members can register for this event at the BAPO web site
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.
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 sale representative to confirm your attendance, or alternatively contact Francis Barrett, our O&P Divisional Manager at email@example.com.
*Please state your choice of day when you confi rm attendance
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.