For professionals working in the field of posture and wheeled mobility who provide clients with wheelchairs and special seating, attending events like Naidex or the PMG Conference can be an invaluable experience. It’s not just about the education available, it’s also a great way to learn about new products, or innovative ways of using existing products. Nothing can compare to testing out multiple pieces of equipment and discussing features with the experts, at the same time networking with other attendees and learning from each other.
However, there will inevitably be times when you don’t have the luxury of being able to attend an event. There are only so many you can go to in a year, and funding constraints can also make it harder to attend exhibitions as regularly as you’d probably like to in order to keep up-to-date.
At Posture & Mobility Group (PMG), we often receive queries from professionals employed in wheelchair services, or in other areas of posture and mobility, asking for advice about various aspects of their work, whether clinical, organisational or funding related. In the past, we would send these queries to our committee members for advice or contact someone we knew was knowledgeable in a particular area. However, with over 150 wheelchair services in the UK, we realised that getting advice from this small group of people may be limiting the results our members were receiving. So, PMG has now set up an online forum in the form of a closed group on Facebook. The forum provides a space for professionals to ask for and provide advice to each other, share important information, set up polls and even start research projects.
We have been pleasantly surprised by the amount the forum is being used - not so much that it’s spamming people’s notifications, but just enough that when someone writes a post, everyone is keen to get involved. It will be really interesting to see how it develops over the coming months and years, especially around the time of our annual conference in July.
If you’re interested in joining the forum, you can find it here. Why not share some information you learnt at Naidex for those who may not have been lucky enough to attend this year? It is closed to professionals only, so you will be asked a couple of questions before being approved! If you have any questions before joining, please email email@example.com.