Blatchford’s clean sweep at BAPO
Posted on 26th March 2015
Blatchford is delighted to announce that three of its technicians were successful in winning the BAPO Technician of the Year Award, sponsored by Limbcare. The winners, Helen Gamble, David Beal and Jordan Lloyd, were presented with their awards by Limbcare Chairman Ray Edwards MBE at the BAPO Conference on Friday 20th March 2015.
Helen Gamble, a Trainee Technician from Nottingham Mobility Centre picked up first place after a nomination from her local prosthetic team. Helen was inspired to join the industry by her father who has worked as a technician for over 40 years. She is involved in all areas of prosthetic manufacture including those usually carried out by more experienced staff, such as silicone cosmeses and upper limb myoelectric work. Helen’s innovative and professional demeanour also brings a fresh approach to the workshop. Recently, when her mentor was off work following an injury, Helen showed real initiative and a great deal of skill to fabricate a silicone finger to a very high standard resulting in a delighted patient!
In second place was David Beal from Sheffield Mobility and Specialised Rehabilitation Centre. David became a prosthetic technician in 2009 and has shown a keen interest in conventional limb manufacture. As conventional technician numbers and skills are declining with technology advances, David’s skills are vital to the active conventional users both in Sheffield and at Blatchford centres nationwide. David demonstrates the passion to deliver the best quality service, empathy towards patients, and attention to detail and workmanship. Patients regularly praise David’s work and ask for him to come into the clinic room to thank him.
And finally, Jordan Lloyd, CADCAM Technician, from Blatchford’s central fabrication manufacturing base in Sheffield received the 3rd place award. Jordan is part of a team that lead the way in CADCAM use in prosthetics and orthotics nationally, having developed a number of new product ranges and data collection and modification techniques that offer improved solutions for users.. He was nominated for his work supporting clinicians to implement the use of CADCAM systems in Blatchford clinics. The support he offers to clinicians is essential to the successful implementation, delivery and ongoing support of CADCAM. In addition, Jordan demonstrates a great deal of care for each individual patient.
Adrian Stenson, Managing Director of Blatchford Clinical Services, commented:
‘I’m sure I speak for everyone at Blatchford when I say that we are very proud of Helen, David and Jordan in winning this national award. As a leading provider of clinical services in the UK, we are dedicated to providing a quality service and this success demonstrates the excellent level of care offered by our staff across the country.’
The Limbcare Technician of the Year Award is run by BAPO in recognition of technicians going the extra mile with three winners sharing a prize fund of £500.