This weekend it is 50 years since the ISPO was formed. The first charter was signed by 7- year old Ulla Anderson, a patient of Knud Jensen the Founder and 1st President. This clearly showed that the society has always considered the patient at the centre of its work. It was Professor George Murdoch, the 2nd President who is generally credited for introducing a multi-disciplinary approach to P&O rehabilitation and associated services, and the 3rd President, Anthony Staros, an engineer from USA famously said…….I didn't "get into" the assistive technology field; it grew up around me and I hung on to grow with it. This suggests the essence of ISPO – to respond to needs and develop P&O and AT services and expertise accordingly.
The ISPO has drafted a new Charter that represents current practice. It can be seen on the ISPO International website and I would invite all if you to sign it electronically after which you will be able to download a copy for your office. The names of all those who have already signed is shown on the website.
Rebuilding Prosthetic & Orthotic Services Post Covid-19
Thursday 3 December 2020 at 4 pm
Chair: Carolyn Young, National Programme of Care Manager,
NHSE & NHS Improvement
The first in a series of webinars as part of the ISPO 50th Anniversary Celebrations, this event aims to draw together representatives across all parties involved in Prosthetic & Orthotic service delivery to explore and discuss this urgent and important matter.
Upper Limb Difference & Acquired Amputation - the first of a range of Multidisciplinary Clinical Interest Groups to be developed by ISPO UK MS! Inaugural meeting to be held on Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 2.30 pm online.
This forum will be chaired by Dr Alix Chadwell, University of Salford, and Morven McAlinden, RNOH, Stanore and will be an opportunity for participants to engage with professionals with a common interest in this speciality, broaden knowledge, identify, facilitate and educate, access the ISPO pool of expertise, facilitate a friendly and professional support network ... and more!
A report on the recent Workshop on Test Standards for DSF Failsafe Devices is now available for download here.
The workshop, co-convened by Professor Peter Lee, Director, ARC CMIT, and Professor Sir Saeed Zahedi, Technical Director at Blatchford, arose as a consequence of discussions at the 2019 ISPO UK Annual Scientific Meeting where it was recognised that there is ambiguity between the testing of the implant failsafe mechanism and the structural testing of prosthetics.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of participants and exhibitors, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) has changed the dates of the ISPO 18th World Congress to 1 to 4 November 2021. The Congress will still take place at the Expo Guadalajara Convention & Exhibition Centre in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Fuller details, together with new deadlines for programme submission can be found here.
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