The OT’s perspective

With so many new products constantly being introduced to the market, it can be difficult for retailers to pick which products should be on their shelves and recommended to their customers. So THIIS has enlisted the help of an industry expert for his insights into what features and benefits retailers should be on the lookout for.

Over the coming months, you’ll see our new Product Showcase feature that aims to shine the spotlight on products that have recently entered our industry. We will be focussing on different equipment groups each month and are inviting manufacturers to share their product introductions with us.

It can be difficult to know what ‘hype’ to believe when a new product comes to market, or indeed what features and benefits are really of most value to the end users, so we are proud to be able to share a healthcare professional’s perspective on each topic to help you evaluate the products you select for inclusion in your portfolio.

THIIS is delighted to announce that Stuart Barrow of Promoting Independence will be sharing insights on each subject area and highlighting some of the key features and benefits that you need to be thinking of when recommending appropriate solutions for your customers.

Stuart, a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists panel, is a recognised contributor in the field of home adaptations and his experience is sought by manufacturers and service providers looking for an expert opinion.

He also runs the Occupational Therapy Adaptations Conference (OTAC) and will be holding 10 events for healthcare professionals around the country next year. Running his events, being so closely involved in the healthcare industry and working with both manufacturers and industry speakers allows him to keep abreast of the latest thinking and innovations in the occupational therapy industry.

Stuart holds an MA in Healthcare Law and Ethics and is passionate about caring for others. His private practice allows him to stay hands on, while his Promoting Independence private consulting firm gives him fantastic insight into the industry as a whole.

Whatever he does, Stuart’s aim is simple: to give individuals, care and equipment providers timely access to the information and advice they need to make informed decisions about personal care and what they can do to safely maximise independence.

"I am really excited by this opportunity”, Stuart told THIIS.

"Sometimes it is difficult to see the wood for the trees when new products are released and having an objective view on what features really make the most difference for your customers can help you make the best choices when it comes to deciding what equipment you recommend. It is rare people only need one assistive aid or adaptation so, if you can get it right for them the first time, there is a much higher chance they will be back when they need something else.”

In Stuart’s experience, retailers who work in tandem with Occupational Therapists can improve the outcome for their clients, especially when funding isn’t available and a package needs to be put in place.

"It isn’t just the client who benefits because they have had clinical input into the specification. The retailer has peace of mind that the package they are offering is clinically appropriate too.”

Visit www.promoting-independence.co.uk to find out more about the services on offer from Stuart and his team.