Ian’s Japanese journey to present paper at congress

Congratulations to Ian Adam, Paediatric Orthotic Rehabilitation Technician, at the Royal Hospital for Children, who was one of only 57 people selected from 400 to present a paper to the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) World Congress in Kobe, Japan.

As ISPO’s flagship meeting, the World Congress is a unique interactive event where professionals involved in the care of people in need of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive devices get together to learn about the latest scientific and clinical advances, products, innovative technologies, designs and materials in prosthetic and orthotic care.

The paper Ian presented was titled ‘Designing an online qualification for O&P (Orthotic & Prosthetic) Technicians.

Ian explained: “I was heavily involved in setting up a new national qualification with SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) and Glasgow Clyde College.

“Previous to this qualification there was no national training in the UK for technicians working within orthotics and prosthetics.

“This new Professional Development Award (PDA) at SCQF level 7 is taught using an online teaching environment, which means that it can be delivered anywhere in the UK without the candidate leaving their place of employment.

“So far we have had 60 technicians undertaking the qualification and we are now looking at launching it internationally which was the reason for presenting my paper at the ISPO congress in Kobe.

“Visiting Japan was a wonderful experience as it was a very cultural and fascinating country with very courteous people.

“My paper was very well received and I made some good international contacts that will hopefully see us offering this qualification in other countries where there is a need for orthotic and prosthetic technician training.”