SIG: Upper Limb Difference & Acquired Amputation

There has been particular interest in the treatment, rehabilitation and provision for individuals with upper limb acquired amputation and upper limb differences. This is a specialist area and practitioners working across disciplines may treat relatively few patients at a given centre or have limited opportunity to exchange knowledge with fellow professionals. Treatment modalities and product design progresses at a rapid pace including hand transplantation, osseointegration and neuromuscular control systems. Conversely, the use of ‘mechanical’ prostheses utilising a traditional terminal device and appendage system is, anecdotally, less prominent and the skillset required less accessible.

This group is chaired by Dr Alix Chadwell, University of Salford with the assistance of vice-chair Morven McAlinden, RNOH, Stanmore - read brief biogs here. The group will meet four times per year (online).



Membership of the group is open to all fully paid-up members of ISPO UK. To join the SIG, please complete this short form. Members of the group will be expected to actively engage with the group's activities.

If you are not a member of ISPO UK, you may attend your first meeting for free. Thereafter to attend any further meetings of the group and/or to gain access to the networking platform (see below), we would ask you to join ISPO and complete a short form.



Our next meeting will be held online on Friday 17th September 2021 from 13:30 - 16:00 hrs. Here's a brief outline of the programme...

1.30 – 2.00 pm Lightning Talks (research and case studies)
2.00 – 2.45 pm Discussion with NCARDAS about reporting of congenital statistics
2.45 – 3.00 pm BREAK
3.00 – 3.15 pm Follow-up from guidelines’ discussions in last meeting (read the Full Report here)
3.15 – 3.30 pm Updates including information on TIPS and any other business
3.30 – 4.00 pm Educational talk (topic currently TBC)


Networking and ongoing collaboration

We have now created a SLACK networking platform for communication outside of core group meetings and for the purpose of working together to address challenges (eg. developing new sets of upper-limb rehabilitation guidelines for people with limb difference/amputation). All ISPO members who have formally joined the SIG will have received an invitation to join the Group (if you haven't, please contact us so that we may arrange to send the appropriate link).

If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact us.




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