On Wednesday 17th February 2016, we held an event in Belfast, Northern Ireland, officially launching the results of the randomised control trial that we undertook with Ulster University as part of our 2 year KTP project.
We invited clinicians from across the country to attend the launch event and were overwhelmed with the response we received. This proves that there is a such a thirst for knowledge and education out there! We could have filled the room many times!
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The day consisted of four industry specific presentations, delivered by
3. Olivia Tierney, Occupational Therapist, Seating Matters
4. Myself, Martina Tierney OT
We covered a range of important topics; Michael Clark presented on the link between seating and pressure ulcers, a thorough overview of the research itself and the methodology used was given by Dr Suzanne Martin, and Olivia Tierney demonstrated how to translate the research results into clinical practice, and also outlined the potential cost savings to healthcare industries by implementing the learnings from the research - which is well into billions worldwide.
I covered a presentation on bariatric seating, as we have found from speaking to clinicians at shows and events, especially in recent years, there is a real lack of support and knowledge in this area and it's an area of growing concern.
We had a chance to catch up with friends new and old, and some people I haven't seen for a few years. The feedback received was fantastic from all disciplines - nurses, TVNs, OTs, physiotherapists, students, care home staff - everyone we talked to were so enthusiastic and inspired, the common theme was that there is a real lack of knowledge of seating and the benefits of seating across the board. We're working hard to improve this! So we invited everyone to share the knowledge on #whyseatingmatters.
It was great to catch up again with Jervis Nutt of Cornfield Care Centre, which was one of the facilities involved in the research project. I was delighted to present Jervis with a small token of appreciation and it was lovely to hear that they continue to be supporters of our chairs, and that they see improvements in their resident’s health who use the chairs and he recognizes the benefits to his nursing staff too. In fact they have over 60 Seating Matters chairs which is wonderful!
Overall, the launch was a huge success and we're so proud to officially share the amazing results of the study with the rest of the world, starting here in Northern Ireland! It was refreshing to see so many clinicians and healthcare educators passionate about improving the lives of people in their care. Launching our research is a significant step in our journey to a world without pressure ulcers and sharing the results globally will be vital. We look forward to showcasing the results in many more cities worldwide in the near future!