Over the years, Thesis has always focused on supporting and promoting sector bodies and associations which strive to promote excellence in the orthopaedic industry. As part of our longstanding partnership with the British Casting Course, we have also worked hard to recognise and highlight the work of the Association of Orthopaedic Practitioners.
Currently in its 40th year, the Association of Orthopaedic Practitioners (AOP) was originally established to support and promote the British Casting Certificate. It now provides its community of members with research, workshops, lectures and events, in a bid to ensure that the British Casting Certificate remains recognised and valid. As part of this work, the AOP encourages its members to further develop their qualifications at diploma and degree levels.
In particular, the AOP has worked to ensure that all members re-certify the British Casting Certificate they have been awarded with. The re-certification programme has been running for a number of years and helps to make sure that the professional status of the Certificate is recognised and maintained.
With our LimbO range of waterproof products being of particular relevance to orthopaedic practitioners treating patients with a limb in a cast, Thesis has always been keen to find ways to support the AOP and its work. Since 2017, we have provided an annual bursary to the association. This enables members to apply for funding to attend courses aimed at providing continuing professional development.
Our work with the AOP is very important to us and we were delighted to receive this testimonial from the team earlier this year:
“The Association of Orthopaedic Practitioners are very fortunate to have been awarded an annual bursary by LimbO/Thesis Technology which has been in place for several years now. Orthopaedic practitioners have a responsibility to maintain their continuing professional education and updating of their skills, this ensures a high standard of patient care based on current research and evidence based practice.
Attendance at study days/conferences can be costly and NHS trusts in the current economic climate find it difficult to release funding for this purpose. Therefore bursaries such as the LimbO one are vitally important in helping practitioners towards maintaining their professional development.
All practitioners can apply for funding but their application must provide evidence how the study session will support them and benefit their work environment.
The AOP are very appreciative of the bursary from LimbO and their ongoing consistent support at AOP events.”
Gill Watkins, AOP Secretary
We always enjoy working with the AOP and look forward to supporting its work for many years to come.