New for 2018 RISE will hold its very own postural management conference. The conference will compromise of 5
seminars covering a variety of subjects to educate and increase CPD on postural management. Our time table will
include key subjects such as: assessment and equipment prevision within the community, night time positioning,
specialist seating, pressure care, safety etc. Which will be delivered by known guest speakers within the
Alison Johnston, Physiotherapist- PMG
A - Z of being a Posture Management and Seating Therapist.
This session will be a whistle-stop tour through posture management, seating and wheelchairs. In the time available it won’t be exhaustive,
but I’ll be happy to expand on any topics you feel have not been given enough time. I hope it will show some of the range that is
covered on a daily basis in this kind of role and there will be emphasis on some of the more important aspects of the job.
Be assured it is an exciting and challenging job, but when it all comes together for the client, there is nothing more satisfying!
Alison is a physiotherapist on our Research Committee. She recently retired from Bromley Wheelchair Service, where she worked for 15 years as the Clinical Lead.
She’s now working independently and as the MNDA Wheelchair Project Physiotherapist at QEF
Catch Alison talks :-- 10:15 -- 11:00
Emma Friesen, Clinical Director- Wealden Rehab
Assessment and usability of mobile shower commodes
Mobile shower commodes and shower chairs are used for activities including intimate hygiene, showering, and toileting.
In this presentation, participants will learn about recent research on the use, usability, and assessment of these important
assistive technologies. The presentation will review recent research showing the major activities and routines undertaken by
users, and the importance of assessing usability-for-one (U41) to specify configurations.
Catch Judith talk :-- 11:15 -- 12:00
Emma Friesen is a Rehabilitation Engineer with extensive experience in wheeled mobility, seating, and assistive technology service delivery. Emma’s PhD research, completed
in 2016, focused on the use and usability of mobile shower commodes for adults with spinal cord injury. In her current role at Raz Design Inc, In her current role Emma provides clinical education and training on shower chair design and assessment, and consults on clinical aspects of medical device regulations in Europe.
Mark Amos -- AAT
A product guide to 24 hour postural management
Stabilo could be the answer to solving a number of postural support issues for patients over a 24hr period.
A head to toe approach enables you to give the support and comfort your patient requires from a simple, yet
effective solution. Product ranges from a simple arm support through to a complete customisable sleep system.
We can also give you the desired postural support while bathing. Seeing is believing........... start thinking
outside the box.
With over 17 years experience within the healthcare industry, working side by side with Occupational
therapist and physiotherapists to find solutions for their clients. Knowledge in postural supports and postural
Catch Mark talk :-- 12:30 -- 13:15
Sue King- Safespaces
Safe living and sleeping environments for people with learning difficulties and behavioural issues
Sue will explain how soft, customised, safe rooms and high sided beds can provide an appropriate environment for sensory integration, behaviour self-management,
or treatment. Sue will show how people with challenging behaviour, sensory processing difficulties, or lack of awareness of risk can have their needs addressed by
Safespaces has been providing customised safe rooms and high sided beds for people with complex needs since 2001. Sue’s role brings her into daily
contact with parents, carers, health and education professionals, who are seeking solutions for issues affecting adults & children with a wide range
of needs. She will share this experience in the form of case studies, showing how effective solutions can be identified to a range of issues..
Catch Sue talk :-- 13:30 -- 14:30
Deana Alzapiedi -- Physiotherapist
Deana Alzapiedi - Trial and tribulations of postural management in a community setting
I am v a Band 7 Physiotherapist working at NELFT in a Community Rehabilitation Team. I qualified in 1989 and
have worked for the past 29 years
in a mainly community setting. I have worked in community paediatrics for 15 years specialising in
complex neurological conditions and integrating children
into mainstream schools. I have worked for 3 years in a hospital for profound physical & learning
disabilities and was part of the team that closed it & enabled people to live in the community.
I have worked for 2 years in a Specialist Nursing Home for people with profound physical disabilities. I
have been working for the past 10 years with an Integrated Care Team as an Adult Community Physiotherapist.
My main areas of interest are Postural Management/ upper limb recovery with dynamic splinting and
enabling independence. I am retiring this year after an amazingly varied career.
Catch Deana talks :-- 14:45 -- 15:30