Conference 2018 saw a different format for the first time,
being organised by the OTA and supported by AOP. It was held at Jury’s Hotel,
Hinckley Island, Leicester from September 21st – 23rd.
A large number of delegates attended form both organisations and it was good to
see practitioners sharing knowledge, learning and socialising together. Feedback
was overall good with delegates happy with the conference content.
The chosen charity for the raffle proceeds from the
Saturday night dinner was the East Midlands Air Ambulance service which received
a donation of £500.
The recipient of the Lois Barr award was Danielle Pryor,
an Orthopaedic Practitioner from Kent & Canterbury Hospital. As the award was
not available at conference Danielle was presented with her award by Julie
Barns, Head of Nursing at East Kent University Hospital Trust.
This prize is awarded annually to the student who achieves the highest marks in
the BCC examination across all the UK courses.
"I was totally shocked and overjoyed to receive the Lois Barr Memorial award.
Completing the British Casting Certificate at the Royal Orthopaedic was a
wonderful and challenging experience.
The course and award has given me confidence to implement the skills and
knowledge I learned into practice, and teach others, as well as a drive to keep
learning. Throughout the course I tried to be a sponge and soak up all the
information and expertise I was exposed to!
Winning the award is down to the help of Beth, Lily and of course the legend
that was Sue. I feel privileged to have not only won the award but have had Sue
play a role in helping me along my way in the casting world!"
- Danielle Pryor
Congratulations to Len Lloyd from Beagle who received the
David Rowley award. Len is very well known and respected in the world of casting
and orthopaedics. He has used his extensive past experience as an Orthopaedic
Practitioner to run Beagle which supplies a wide range of products to plaster
"It was indeed a great honour and surprise to receive the
Professor David Rowley award for my contributions to education.
I truly believe it is on us all to keep promoting the philosophy of continual
education in the same ideology of those people who have now sadly passed (Louis
Barr, Sue Miles and Anne Petty), but believed that education was the back bone
of how we move forward personally but also as a body enabling us to deliver
better treatments for our patients.
The award will always be one of the highlights of my career both as an
ex-clinician and now as a company owner, proud to be helping to deliver that
important education to the NHS."
- Len Lloyd