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Dear Richard,

Thank you very much for your thoughts. Incidentally, I’ve heard from

fellow practitioners as well as patients, that the BAPO meetings are

exceptional…great attendance, excellent organization, and relevant

presentations… Maybe we here in the US could learn a few things from

the British.

Best regards,

Lisa Schoonmaker, CPO


From: TEC Web

Sent: Thursday, June 11, 1998 8:09 AM

To: Lisa S

Subject: email


Politics, manufacturers, etc. A comment from the UK.


Thu, 11 Jun 1998 13:34:35 +0000


Richard Hirons >


Richard [email protected]

11.06.98 13:34

I’m occasionally entertained by the ‘US political’ discussions that are

aired on the oandp list, but a little bemused by the public drubbing


is directed at certain individuals from time to time. The current issue

regarding whether you people have a relationship with the manufacturers


not is interesting in that the essential issue here is the professional

status of prosthetist/orthotists. I’m not familiar with the politics in


US and offer no judgement on the issues under discussion, but recognise

issues that must surely be common throughout the world. I have these

personal thoughts to offer to the debate.

As a prosthetist, I can ask myself this question: Do I belong to an

industry or a profession? Are they different, or is it the same?

We, like Dentists and even Orthopaedic Surgeons (just random examples)


professionals who are dependent on the use of commercially available

products. In our practice we use these products, need to know how to use

them, and more importantly understand why we are using them and how they

will best serve the objectives that we are trying to satisfy.

I was interested to see a comment about dropping the term ‘scientific’


the US meetings. This is a shame. There’s very little proper science in

P/O, unlike other health professions. I think as prosthetists and

orthotists we are all too wrapped up in ‘products’. Not enough is


with regard to techniques and clinical issues. Just think about the


of R&D funding in prosthetic socket design (I don’t mean CADCAM and

silicone and that stuff) to that of components and hardware. There’s no

comparison. The same is true with regard to post graduate education. To


prosthetic end user, surely the socket is one of the most important


(go on, tell me I’m wrong). This is the area where the profession must


a little time out and just deal with and focus on clinical issues,


issues, rehabilitation issues and the like. The profession needs to do


and the industry needs to understand that it is not a snub, or a


or whatever. It’s part of what we do, possibly the most important part


certainly the most underated.

Here in the UK, our professional organisation, BAPO, has made great


to seek formal recognition of our professional status from the


agencies. Just last year we were finally accepted in the Council for

Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM). Our professional status is

now officially recognised.

Yes, I belong to a profession. A profession that is dependant on a


industry for hardware support. Each is dependent on the other, but each


a unique agenda and must be allowed to do their own thing from time to


without upsetting the other.

Incidentally, I don’t think my hands are ‘goofy’ and I certainly don’t


a ‘shit filter’. Such impressive vocabulary.

Richard Hirons



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