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A specialist prosthetics and orthotics company, STEPS Prosthetics, has launched in Sheffield. Founders Colette Shaw and Peter Durkin have partnered with INPA Member, STEPS Rehabilitation facility, to become the only UK prosthetics company to design, manufacture, fit and support amputee clients within a residential rehabilitation setting.

STEPS Prosthetics combines science, craftsmanship and compassion to deliver bespoke, cutting-edge prosthetic and orthotic solutions for individuals with life-changing injuries following a catastrophic accident. A specialist on-site workshop means clients can benefit from swift provision and adjustment of their prosthetic or orthotic device. This highly individualised service improves engagement and outcomes for clients.

Colette Shaw has over 20 years’ experience in the prosthetics industry, having worked in clinical practice for 15 years in addition to prosthetic product development and marketing with Steeper and Blatchford. As a highly skilled prosthetist, she works with world-leading products and is experienced in fitting the latest prosthetic products, including microprocessor and powered devices, for both upper and lower limb amputees. Colette is also an experienced prosthetic expert witness, preparing medico-legal reports for both claimant and defendant solicitors.

Peter Durkin is specialist dual practicing prosthetist/orthotist with over 10 years’ clinical experience in adult and paediatric prosthetic and orthotic rehabilitation in both hospital and community clinics. His technical skills enable him to ensure clients are well-informed about the options when considering component choice or product design. Peter also offers medico-legal expert advice within both prosthetics and orthotics. He is happy to accept instructions on behalf of the claimant or defendant, offering the same exacting standard across all areas.

Colette Shaw said: “Peter and I are very excited to launch STEPS Prosthetics and continue our work supporting those who have sustained traumatic life-changing injuries. Our clients typically have complex rehabilitation needs that require more than just a prosthesis or orthosis. By working in collaboration with one of the UK’s leading rehabilitation facilities, we can take a genuinely holistic approach to treatment, by being part of a wider team that delivers a comprehensive rehab programme that’s tailored to the individual client.”

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