Continuing professional development (CPD) is how health practitioners maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives. We know that health practitioners, who are engaged in any form of practice, benefit greatly from regular participation in CPD that is relevant to their scope of practice - in order to maintain, develop, update and enhance their knowledge, skills and performance to help them deliver appropriate and safe care.
Over the past few months we have been exploring what seating and positioning options are available to help maximise best outcomes when prescribing seating and wheelchairs for people with complex disabilities.
Did you know the average office worker takes only 3,000 steps per day? Yet we often hear that 10,000 steps are recommended. Where did this number come from? And why 10,000 steps?
A common question when prescribing a wheelchair base and seating system is – do I require tilt? Or recline? Or both - tilt and recline? - to be fitted to my chair? There are many factors that need to be considered when choosing a mobility system and seating system. Choosing between systems that tilt or recline may be complex and confusing so here are few guidelines that may help. However, personal consultation with an experienced therapist will ensure the correct evaluation and suitability of tilt or recline seating systems.
The seating needs of a client with a disability can be complex. The human body is designed to move. Movement assists the brain to develop through neuroplasticity growth and provides sensory input. Wherever possible, sitting should be an active and dynamic experience1.