The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) has announced that Simon Tempest, Head of Human Mobility at Ottobock UK, will be the new vice-chair in the organisation’s mobility section.

Consisting of manufacturing and retail members of the BHTA, the mobility section

Comprising of members involved in the manufacturing and retail of mobility equipment, as well as importers, and distributors, the BHTA section has a strong focus on the various issues facing the mobility industry, such as end-user assessments, personal wheelchair and healthcare budgets and more.

Head of Ottobock’s human mobility business unit for ten years, Simon’s role as vice-chair will see him lead meetings of the section and work with members on future projects.

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“I’m delighted to be taking the position of vice-chairman for the BHTA’s mobility division, looking after member manufacturers and retailers,” commented Simon.

“I feel I have a lot to offer and I’m looking forward to engaging with members, invigorating great debate and encouraging an environment of proactive discussion.”

Having worked for Ottobock since 2000, Simon worked for a specialist mobility retail distributor for 14 years before joining the manufacturer and supplier of prosthetics, orthotics, wheelchairs, seating and mobility solutions.

“Having worked with both retail and NHS customers for nearly 30 years, I’ve got a broad insight into how both segments of the market work,” he added.

“It helps me understand consumer needs and requirements and I think this is really important, given the changing environment of funding and the shifting NHS landscape.”

Mandie Lavin, Director General of the BHTA, said: “It is truly wonderful to have the support of Ottobock and the skills and expertise that Simon brings to enhance our work at the BHTA. I am looking forward to working with him and the entire section to progress with our thought leadership and practical policy initiatives.”

With almost 500 members from across a broad spectrum of members which make or sell healthcare and assistive technology products to help people live more independently, the BHTA is one of the UK’s longest-running healthcare associations.

Mandie finished: “This is a very exciting time for the BHTA and I am so privileged to see the positive work undertaken to date and the massive future potential, a big thank you to Simon and to Ottobock!”

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