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OPUS April Big Meet Up

OPUS April Big Meet Up will take place on April 20th 2024 from noon.

The venue is The Battle Axes at Butterfly Lane, Elstree, WD6 3AD.

As always, OPUS April Big Meet Up promises to be a fun and informal afternoon where you can enjoy pub food and refreshments with fellow users and their families. These events are known for their relaxed atmosphere, which provides a perfect opportunity to make new friends and chat to other prosthetic and orthotic users from RNOH Stanmore and other Limb Centres across the country.

There is an outside seating area and OPUS have their own allocated space. It is wheelchair accessible and has a large car park.

Bring the family – children are welcome.

 


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OPUS Big Meet Up, October

OPUS Big Meet Up, October. As you’ll see from the Flyer below, OPUS (the Orthotics and Prosthetics Unit at Stanmore Hospital), are holding one of their Big Meet Ups on Saturday 29th October.

The OPUS aim “is to provide an effective forum for all users, their families and carers of the RNOH Stanmore’s Orthotic and Prosthetic Department. Establishing a network of peer support alongside a positive working relationship between users, the centre and the Trust, provides opportunity to give feedback, input ideas, and voice any concerns about services provided by the centre“.

OPUS is a wonderfully friendly, supportive and pro-active group and the Big Meet Ups are a lovely, friendly and relaxed way of getting to meet other people with limb difference.

Come along and meet up with your “virtual” friends…

OPUS Big Meet UP, October will be held at The Battle Axes on Butterfly Lane, Elstree, WD6 3AD on Saturday 29th October and will start at mid-day. It’s an inclusive event with friends and family also welcome to why not head over there for a very positive and convivial afternoon!

You’ll find links at the bottom of this post for information and contacts.

 

Opus Big Meet Up, October


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Your Invitation to the Next Big Meet Up with OPUS!

Herewith details of the next Big Meet up with OPUS.

OPUS are a user group from RNOH Stanmore Orthotic and Prosthetic centre. All patients and their family and carers are welcome to join and get involved.

Our aim is to provide an effective forum for all users, their families and carers of the RNOH Stanmore’s Orthotic and Prosthetic Department. Establishing a network of peer support alongside a positive working relationship between users, the centre and the Trust, provides opportunity to give feedback, input ideas, and voice any concerns about services provided by the centre.


Dear OPUS Supporter,
 
We are looking forward to a fantastic Big Meet Up on the 23rd of November. I really hope you can come and join us. This is a relaxed informal social meeting, everyone welcome. Please try to come alone and meet other Orthotic and Prosthetic users from centres across England. We are expecting a great turn out, no need to book, just come along from 12 noon. Please reply to this email if you would like any further information.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 23rd November.
 
Date                Saturday, 23rd November 2019
Time                From 12 noon
where             The Battle Axes
                         Butterfly Lane
                         Elstree
                         WD6 3AD
 
Kindest Wishes from the OPUS Team.
 

Check out our fantastic new website:   https://opusrnoh.org.uk/

Next OPUS Meeting

  

A message to OPUS supporters from Jane and Sandra of The OPUS team: 

 
Hello OPUS supporters,
 
It would be fantastic if any Stanmore, RNOH patients or staff could attend our next hub meeting. We value your input and would love if you came along.
 
Wednesday 23rd October @ 2pm
in the prosthetic centre
 
Our agenda is attached.
 
Also check out our new website!
 
 
Hope to see you on the 23rd October.
 
Kind wishes
Jane and Sandra
The OPUS team.

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  • Agenda: Please click HERE to open a link to the Meeting Agenda, which will open as a pdf in a new tab.
  • Website: OPUS New Website: https://opusrnoh.org.uk/

More Important Dates from OPUS

Herewith 2 dates for your 2019 diary from the very pro-active OPUS (Orthotic Prosthetic Users Stanmore). We’re very grateful to OPUS for keeping us informed about these events, which are open to all.

Why not go along to RNOH, Stanmore, HA7 4LP or the Battle Axes at Butterfly Lane, WD6 3AD and meet them…


1. HUB Meeting: Wednesday 16th January 2019

 

  2. The OPUS Big Meet Up: Saturday March 16th 2019


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Email: For more information please email OPUS at: or check out their

Facebook Page: Facebook.com/OPUSstanmore

OPUS: NHS England at Big Meet Up 24th November + Notes from previous Meeting

Dear OPUS Supporters,
 
NHS England are attending the OPUS Big Meet Up on the 24th November at the Battle Axes, Elstree, WD6 3AD from 12 noon. They will be available for an informal individual chat to anyone who would like to speak with them and give a view of how the new Prosthetic Service will be set up. I have attached the meeting notes from the 14th November at RNOH.
 
Please come along and have your say on your service and how it should be set up and ran. 
Everyone Welcome, no need to book, just turn up.
 
Best Wishes
Jane
OPUS

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Please click on the link to open a pdf of the Meeting Notes from the 14th November at RNOH: /wp-content/uploads/2018/11/OPUS-Meeting-Nov-18-.pdf


Our thanks to OPUS for their efforts in keeping us all up to date with developments in the new Prosthetic Service.
 

A Chance to Have Your Say About Prosthetic Services…

…OPUS (Orthotic and Prosthetic Users Stanmore) have invited the Commissioning and Engagement Team who are completing the NHS England Review into prosthetic services to a meeting at Stanmore RNOH. ALL users of the service are welcome to attend this meeting.

  • Date: Wednesday 14th Nov
  • Time: 2pm
  • Place: Room A, Prosthetic Centre, RNOH

All users from all centres welcome.

If you have not already registered your interest please email Jane @  to register an interest or to add questions to the agenda.

NHS Commissioning Prosthetic Service Review

NHS England is responsible for planning and buying specialised services for people who need complex disability equipment. This includes all major upper and lower limb amputees and people with congenital limb deficiencies who have a potential to use prosthesis to help them mobilise or improve upper …

THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO HAVE OUR SAY

Prosthetics Service Review

NHS England is responsible for planning and buying specialised services for people who need complex disability equipment. This includes all major upper and lower limb amputees and people with congenital limb deficiencies who have a potential to use prosthesis to help them mobilise or improve upper limb function.

Given the ever increasing financial pressures facing our health services, NHS England is working to ensure we achieve maximum return from every pound spent, while providing the best quality care for patients. As part of this, we are reviewing a broad range of specialised services including prosthetics.

The number of patients with an amputation or congenital limb deficiency attending specialist rehabilitation service centres in the UK is estimated at 55,000 – 60,000. NHS England spends approximately £60 million per year on these services.

There are 35 centres in England that provide specialised prosthetic services. These are consultant-led services and they involve a specialised multi-disciplinary team, which includes, for example; prosthetist; occupational therapist; physiotherapist; podiatrist; and psychologist.

We are currently in the early stages of this process, looking at financial information, patient experience and data from centres to understand whether the services currently provided meet the needs of patients across the whole of England, while remaining cost effective.

Innovations in prosthetics are fast moving, with ongoing improvements as technology advances, so we need to commission services for the future as well as ensuring that patients across the country have equitable access to high quality care.

We will be working with patient groups and other key stakeholders over the next few months so that we better understand how patients currently experience services, and where they feel care could be improved. If you are holding a patient group or event between now and October – please do get in touch at  and let us know.

To receive regular updates about the prosthetics review directly, please sign up as a registered stakeholder for the Rehabilitation & Disability CRG (Clinical Reference Group).

Very Positive News and a Big Meet Update from OPUS (Orthotic & Prosthetic Users Stanmore)

We’re delighted to hear that OPUS (Orthotic and Prosthetic Users Stanmore) is going from strength to strength with numbers growing steadily and enquiries being received from further and further afield. As mentioned in an earlier post, they have now formed links with STEP UP!, Luton, and are hoping that users from other centres will join them in their activities. 

Clearly the latest Big Meet Up was a lot of fun! You can read Sandra Staffiero’s report below and email her on:  if you’d like to know more about either of these friendly and supportive groups and the next Big Meet up in October or the barge trip being organised by Step Up! in September. Information can also be found using the links underneath the post.

It is very important that we support one another.  Sandra Staffiero (OPUS)


‘The ever growing Big Meet Up arranged by the Orthotic and Prosthetic Users Stanmore (OPUS), took place on Saturday 7 April.  The event was held at the Battle Axes public house in Elstree.

People came from as far afield as Solihull and Bournemouth to meet up with new and old friends, for an afternoon filled with laughter and conversation.  It was also an opportunity for those in the transition period of deciding whether surgery would be the correct option for them, joining established amputees who were able to answer their many questions.  

OPUS are assured that they left secure in the knowledge that there is joy after amputation. Life certainly does carry on in a positive way. Peer support for orthotic and prosthetic users is a continual and important part of this lifelong rehabilitation journey.  OPUS are, as always, delighted to be a part of this.

The next Big Meet Up event will be in October 2018.  Step Up! Luton are arranging a fully accessible barge trip in September.  Further details can be found on the OPUS website and Facebook page.  You can also register an interest by email:


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You can find out more about OPUS by visiting their Websitehttp://opus-rnoh.wixsite.com/usergroup

And check out their Facebook Page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/OPUSstanmore

You can contact OPUS by email

Check out the Step Up! Websitehttp://www.stepup-luton.co.uk