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.

The next meeting of the group will take place on Friday 30th April 2021 from 13:30 - 16:00 hrs (via Zoom). The meeting will focus on the development of guidelines for prescription and training. To register for the meeting click here.

Networking and ongoing collaboration

Plans are underway to introduce a 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). Further details will follow shortly.

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




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