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It was announced on Thursday 23rd June that Blatchford has been awarded the MacRobert Award by the Royal Academy of Engineering for its Linx prosthetic limb.
Established in 1969, the prestigious MacRobert Award is regarded as the leading prize recognising innovation in UK engineering. Amputees frequently experience back pain, difficulties on various terrain and require a higher cognitive and energy demand as they plan and analyse each and every step. Linx represents ground-breaking technology within the prosthetics industry as it continuously shares information between the knee and foot to adapt automatically to changing terrains and circumstances, allowing users more freedom, confidence and stability. The replication of natural motion is at the heart of Blatchford’s design philosophy, and Linx represents the beginning of the development of intuitive and integrated prosthetic limb systems.
The Linx Development team, comprising Professor Saeed Zahedi, Dr David Moser, Nadine Stech, Rob Painter and Andy Sykes, attended the award ceremony at the Tower of London.
Stephen Blatchford, Executive Chairman is thrilled with the result, commenting “I am delighted that we have been selected as the winner of the 2016 MacRobert Award for Innovation in Engineering. This is the premier engineering award to win and it is a tremendous testament to all of the innovation, hard work and effort that has gone into producing the Linx integrated limb system by all of the engineers working on the project. Linx is the first prosthetic leg where information from the foot and knee sensors is used together as Linx evaluates how best to support what the user wants to do and react accordingly. It has helped a large number of amputees live more independent and active lives and the MacRobert Award is a fantastic recognition of this.”
Professor Saeed Zahedi, Technical Director, said “Being twice a finalist in the MacRobert Award in 2010 and 2016 is a great achievement. Being a finalist for the second time provides another sign post to the Blatchford Research and Development team that growth through innovation is the best way forward and that the future of prosthetic technology lies in system integration.”
Blatchford was also a MacRobert Award finalist in 2010 for the Echelon hydraulic ankle.
It was announced on Friday 27th May that Blatchford has been successfully awarded the contract for the orthotic service at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Opened in 2001 and part of the University Bristol Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children was the first purpose-built hospital for children in the South West of England and provides neurosurgery, cardiology, radiology, orthopaedic surgery and many other treatments for complex conditions. The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is a renowned centre for the treatment of children across a wide range of specialities.
The service provided assessment and provision of orthotics to approximately 1000 children in 2014/15 with orthotic expertise to deliver high quality products and excellent patient satisfaction. Blatchford is currently the sole provider for both the Sheffield and Birmingham Children’s Hospitals and deliver services for children in a number of acute and community settings.
The three year paediatric orthotic service commenced in June 2016.
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Silcare Breathe Liners feature laser drilled perforations along the length and distal end to allow moisture to escape, resulting in drier skin and a healthier environment for the residual limb. Managing moisture in this way helps to reduce the damaging effects of friction and improves comfort and control.
The action of walking and weight bearing on the liner also expels air through the pores, and with the use of a one way valve, helps to generate a better vacuum and more secure fit, allowing the user to wear their prosthesis for longer as they benefit from an improved fit throughout the day.
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