Ability Matters Clinic is a leading UK provider of private clinical services relating to prosthetics and orthotics. We deliver fast access to a team of highly experienced clinicians – experts in their field – enabling us to offer high quality solutions for even the most complex of cases.
Importantly, we can also offer our clients high quality facilities in a number of locations across the UK. Our Ability Matters clinics are conveniently located in 5 locations – London, Manchester Bradford, Oxford and Belfast. In addition, we can provide appointments in a number of other satellite clinics throughout UK and Ireland.
Our clients are many and diverse. While we do find patients contacting us directly to access rehabilitative support, inevitably the more complex cases tend to
originate from referral sources such as Orthopaedic consultants. We are pleased to maintain excellent working relationships with legal practices and case management specialists. Here we certainly provide direct clinical interventions for referred clients but we are also frequently called upon to formulate medico-legal reports following personal injury and limb loss. Our reporting can also include treatment justification, cost justification and future cost justification for all aspects of Prosthetic/Orthotic requirements.
Our private clinic business stands under the umbrella of the Ability Matters Group, an international group of companies, whose principal activity is to supply products and services that enhance the lives of those who require devices to improve their mobility and accessibility. The Group has 30 years experience in providing enablement products and services throughout the UK and Ireland and has a fast growing international profile with direct operations in both Holland and France. In 2014, we were pleased to be ranked 22nd on the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200. Our continued growth means that we now employ more than 450 staff.
Our company Opcare enjoys extensive partnership arrangements with the NHS for the provision of Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Services. This is complemented by our strong reputation as a product supplier under our Ortho Europe brand.
Ortho Europe has recently expanded its area of expertise to embrace ‘custom contoured seating’ under the SeatMatch label. SeatMatch can meet the needs of wheelchair users requiring custom-made posture management solutions. 3D scanning and advanced robotic carving support the multidisciplinary specialist seating assessment team in achieving the best possible result.
And to add to our credentials as enablement professionals we have established a chain of Ability Matters Independent Living retail outlets at strategic locations within the UK.
Manchester – our newest clinic
Opened late last year, our building in South Manchester creates a unique cooperation with the NHS. It is a reflection of the strength of our relationships with the NHS of which the Ability Matters Group is very proud. The new Specialised Ability Centre delivers Prosthetic and Orthotic services on behalf of the NHS for the people of the North West of England within a purpose designed facility – one that is also home to a busy NHS Wheelchair Service.
A superbly appointed wing of this building also houses our new, spacious and well equipped private clinic rooms. Creating a top quality private clinic facility in such a great location means that we have very good geographical reach. Manchester airport is close by, as is the excellent north/south and east/west motorway network. This, of course, means that more people than ever can access the private prosthetic/ orthotic services of Ability Matters.
A bright, comfortable and airy clinic reception area is adjacent to our brand new ‘mobility and independent lifestyle centre’ that offers a comprehensive range of wheelchairs and powerchairs and many other products to support independent living. Its location within the Specialised Ability Centre means that both private and NHS visitors have easy access to an array of specialist products backed by specialist advice. Our resident Orthotist Graham enjoys meeting people in this environment and offering advice on footwear or supporting the assessment of needs relating to mobility such as with an active user of a wheelchair.
Wimbledon – our most established clinic
Standing within a stone’s throw of Wimbledon Park tube station our facility in South London again offers superb access to clients from South East England and
beyond. Indeed, many clients travel from across the world to access the high quality medical advice and care that the UK has to offer and therefore our client base has a distinctly international flavour. We enjoy good referral relationships with many embassies especially those from the Middle East. Inevitably these customers expect the best and that is what we deliver – we regularly use the very latest prosthetic components and technology.
Our resident prosthetist and Clinical Director Werner Herbst has been practising in London for many years and enjoys the variety of work and the diversity of the client base:
‘London is a great place to live and work. Being here a while I have built up a lot of professional contacts over the past few years and love working with a network of specialists to deliver exemplary care and great service to our clients. A big part of what we do relates to embassy referred work – this can be a bit seasonal – the summer months away from Ramadan are typically peak demand time.
Another important (and much less seasonal) part of our business relates to the medico legal field where we are regularly meeting the requirements of some of the leading personal Injury legal practices. Every month part of my case load involves report writing relating to legal work and often the active clinical support of the patient in question.
And I’m not just working out of our Wimbledon address – we have found it sensible to also deliver a service in Central London – every week we see patients in the Portland Hospital where they are often already receiving medical care and I can seamlessly provide support.
Private Orthotics provision is an important part of what we do. I think its important to understand that our position in the market place is oriented more towards complex needs and inevitably this lends itself to the medico legal/personal injury sector. And therefore I guess it should come as no surprise that we have pressure plate and video analysis as tools to support our work.’
Being part of a specialist Healthcare group means that we are able to offer a more comprehensive service than if the clinic business were stand alone. We can provide our clients with seamless access to our very own high-definition silicone service. We are proud to be leaders in the field of producing high quality custom-made cosmesis. Using our SkinMatch technology we are able to produce the most life-like cosmetic finish possible. Our skilled team can produce cosmetic covers for upper and lower prosthetic limbs, manufacture hands and feet, single digits and reconstructive silicone.
Another Group asset is our Omega scanning technology – we are the sole distributors of this market leading system which means that we actively embrace the benefits of using state-of-the-art 3D scanners to deliver the very best results for our patients.