Research & Clinical Development
We participate in international research trials and presentations, including the Technology, Welfare, Innovation and Care Conference in Denmark in September 2015. The conference was attended by managers, clinicians and patients from different areas of medicine and rehabilitation. At the conference we gave a presentation about the research that we have done with the Bionic Leg, as well as a demonstration of how the Bionic Leg works.
We have also presented our clinical case studies at the National ACPIN Conference. (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested In Neurology)
Hobbs Rehabilitation is part of a Specialist Clinical Independent Rehabilitation Network (SCIRN). Working with the Police, Fire Brigade, Armed Services and Injured Jockey Fund. This Specialist Group is sharing good practice for rehabilitation and writing
clinical guidelines for best practice. Hobbs is the clinical lead for neurorehabilitation within the group.
The forum is an arena where specialist rehabilitation organisations can:
- Establish and improve clinical standards
- Share common issues and support each other with problem solving
- Provide peer support and review
- Share, skills, knowledge and information
- Create opportunities for staff and service development
By focussing on each patient's physical, psychological, and environmental needs a well managed rehabilitation program can often reverse many disabling conditions, thus helping patients cope with deficits which cannot be reversed by medical care alone.
We are working with BUPA to offer intensive rehabilitation packages within the community setting. This is a new initiative, the goal is for Hobbs to develop a national network of specialist providers. The providers will be affiliated to Hobbs ensuring a quality service.
We have a LiteGait trainer based in Winchester with a fully trained therapy team and we have recently agreed to run National training courses.
We are also the clinical lead for the AlterG Bionic Leg in the UK and Europe and are providing a National training service for this too.
We have links with Winchester and Southampton Universities and are currently working with an American company in collaboration with the NHS to research the use of the bionic leg in both the acute hospital setting, the sub acute rehabilitation setting and the more long term community benefits. Additionally, we are hoping to achieve Nice guidelines approval soon.
We are also designing a protocol for a PhD study on the Eksobionics skeleton.