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Starworks Sandpit 3: Lower limb personalisation and adaptation

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Funded by the Department of Health, the NIHR Child Prosthetics Research Collaboration is bringing together children, families, healthcare professionals, academics and industry experts to creatively and collaboratively address the biggest challenges for child prosthetic technology and service provision, through a series of Sandpit events. For a broader overview of this project, please see our Organiser Page or visit http://devicesfordignity.org.uk/starworks_cp/.

In the third of our four Sandpit events, we will be exploring the possibilities for both functional and aesthetic customisation to lower limb prosthetics (please see Sandpit 2 on 28th September for a similar event centered on upper limb prosthetics). With many new possibilities for modularity, adaptation and personalisation (terms which may have different meanings for each stakeholder group), we will encourage participants to explore this theme broadly, considering:

  • Let kids be kids! Children aren’t ‘linear’ in the same way that adults move from task to task – could adaptations allow the child to switch direction more naturally, and/or their activity, fashion trends, etc?
  • Patient or Professional-led? Considering when these adaptations occur and who engages them, for example, client-specific choices made by the healthcare professional when making the prosthesis, or everyday tweaks selected and enacted by the child or parent.
  • High-tech or ad-hoc? Can advances in technology create new style options, enhanced controls and better feedback, or can reframing current solutions make a big impact on daily lives?
  • One-off or evolving? Could technologies or devices that grow, change shape, morph, etc., accommodate user growth or changes in activity?
  • Realistic or Futuristic? Just like with our clothing or hairstyles, young children and young adults may have different preferences for how their prosthesis blends in or stands out.

We look forward bringing together multiple stakeholders to catalyse innovation in this area of personalisation and adaptable prosthetics. As well as the creative and educational activities, child participants will also be invited to explore the Wellcome Collection and exhibitions on a free guided tour!

We hope to see you there!

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