Comfortable seating systems afford the greatest possible support and mobility
Safe support while standing increases both physical and mental well-being
Robust and light walking aids increase mobility
Safe and comfortable solutions for the transport of disabled children
Mobile toilet and bath chairs provide helpers with the best working conditions
The right accessories are important in obtaining the correct position
A strong proposal was submitted to the BHTA Best Product category as the Meerkat has proven highly successful since its 2017 launch. It is a fully adjustable, ergonomic simple stander that offers posterior and anterior support with the option to add a rocker under the base. This rocker provides a dynamic element for disabled children, so they can move forwards and backwards – challenging their balance and improving core stability. Following eight years of research and development by R82, the Meerkat now delivers a significant development in paediatric standing frames as it bridges the gap between static and dynamic therapy.
Picture caption: Simon Weston CBE congratulates Etac R82 for winning a ‘Highly Commended’ Accolade at the 2018 BHTA Awards. Pictured from left to right: Simon Weston CBE; Joanne McConnell, OT & Clinical Manager, Mobility & Pressure Care, Etac R82; Frances George, Specialist Physiotherapist and Etac consultant; Nicky Hogg, Marketing and Business Development Manager, Etac R82; Jon Nock, PR Consultant to Etac.
Our submission detailed why the Meerkat excels and deserves official recognition of its design excellence. The demand and clinical benefits of the product were clearly identified along with evidence-based results and a compelling case study. The associated marketing plan was illustrated which includes a variety of media including therapist-led videos, social media content and a Meerkat 'work book' – the all-encompassing information package concept pioneered by us. Awareness of the Meekat continues further with inclusion in our ongoing educational programme. These factors amongst others resulted in the 'Highly Commended' Best Product accolade being awarded by Simon Weston CBE, at the BHTA's annual black-tie awards dinner which was held at the Alton Towers Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent.
Nicky Hogg, Etac R82 Marketing and Business Development Manager, comments: "We are delighted to have achieved this Best Product Highly Commended accolade from the BHTA. The Meerkat fully deserves official recognition of its design effectiveness and the clinical results it achieves. With targeted and adaptable support, the Meerkat facilities the opportunity for children who require assistance standing, to accelerate their postural control and motor skills through measured instability, whilst optimising therapist intervention. It has been designed to allow children to learn through movement and we are proud to witness the positive outcomes our Meerkat achieves on a daily basis."
As part of the evidence based entry to the award category, the following professional testimonials were submitted:
“What we have seen is quite amazing. All three children who have rocker bottoms have been using the Meerkat at least once a day for 10 minutes. Faisal can now sit independently on a standard school chair and his sit to stand from this position is much improved. Elena, who could only manage pronated with the tray is now just using the hip and knee fittings supinated. Jibreel has had massive changes and when standing and walking is gaining active extension in his lower limbs and over all his trunk is hugely improved.”
Sarah Swingler, Physiotherapy Assistant Park house Child and Family Centre
“The Meerkat is the first piece of equipment on the market that all physiotherapists can access to provide movement-based stability training out in the community. It can mimic where a physiotherapist may give support on the child to challenge their muscle control. It is easy to set up and use and I can’t wait to see the results with my patients.”
Angela Wing, Clinical Lead Operations Physiotherapy
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