- Published: Monday, 01 July 2019
We are pleased to congratulate David Lacy, one of our Occupational Therapists, on being invited to present a poster at the recent Royal Colleage of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference (RCOT 2019).
David was recognised for the work that he's done assisting the supply of equipment no longer used in the UK to low and middle income countries. At the RCOT Conference David talked about the partners he had worked with and the difficulties of ensuring that equipment is useful and suitable for the countries it's destined for.
We asked David about his experience:
"I was pleased to have the opportunity to provide a poster at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2019 about the donation of assistive devices from community equipment services by NRS Healthcare. These donations have provided over 100 assistive devices for use in low and middle income countries, such as children’s mobility aids, standing frames and seating systems. Around the world only 1 in 10 people has access to the assistive devices that they need, so these donations hopefully make a difference for disabled people and their families where the equipment is needed.
At the beginning of the project I found the advice from colleagues in the network OT Frontiers to be really helpful, so that the donations could be planned in an appropriate way. It has also been great to work with the charity Physionet, who not only collect, ship and distribute the equipment in low and middle income countries, but also have links with therapy services overseas.
I had positive discussions with other conference delegates, including those who wish to donate equipment from their services. I hope the poster has highlighted the issues of appropriate equipment donation and how occupational therapists can facilitate these. I’d like to thank the commissioners of the equipment service at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for their support in initiating this project, and also occupational therapy colleagues in clinical services at NRS for their part in arranging donation of equipment from their services."