Innovative design goes on show

walkersd' David Threlfall with Liz Knowles (l), advanced occupational therapist and Davina Ford, advanced physiotherapist (r) with the walker
walkersd' David Threlfall with Liz Knowles (l), advanced occupational therapist and Davina Ford, advanced physiotherapist (r) with the walker
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A STATE-of-the-art piece of equipment to help children with brittle bone disease walk which was designed and piloted for the UK at Sheffield Children’s Hospital is at the centre of an innovative showcase this week.

The children’s walker was made by staff in the Metabolic Bone Disease Team and helps youngsters with the condition learn to walk again after suffering a break.

Other children’s hospitals across the country are now using the design to help hundreds of patients each year.

Now the Sheffield Children’s Trust, a leader in several specialist fields in the UK, is hosting a showcase for staff of innovative physiotherapy and occupational therapy techniques in a bid to raise awareness of their skills.

The equipment, funded by the Children’s Hospital Charity thanks to a donation from the Yorkshire and West Riding Freemasons, will be one of the central pieces for staff to view.

Dave Threlfall, head of physiotherapy at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted at the success of the walker.”