This week Stephen Conway and Kevin Halpin of LC Seating sat down for some lunch and a chat with Sharon Sutherland.
So tell us Sharon, what brings you to Sligo?
My family are from Sligo. I have spent the last 30 years in the US and Canada so I guess a sense of adventure brought me back to Sligo, as well as the desire to be nearer to my parents. We have recently bought a house in Enniscrone so are very excited about that! My daughters are at university in the US, so we will all be over and back frequently.
What drives you in your work with clients who function from a seated position?
My personal commitment is to help people not make the same mistakes I made. All I have done for the past 30 years is seating/positioning and mobility. I made a lot of mistakes as a therapist just by not understanding some of the bigger things. Having learnt that, I now love to spend time with other clinicians giving them the benefit of my learnings and experience.
I am a big believer in the hands-on evaluation. I feel like if I don’t do that I miss some very key pieces of information that can make a huge difference to the way a person sits.
Have you noticed any differences in facilities and services for wheelchair users between the US and Ireland?
There really isn’t much difference. The big challenge for both countries is as clinicians we have to be good at justifying what the minimal essential equipment is for a client, and in the absence of a hands-on evaluation, I would find that really difficult. The funding pot is getting smaller and the needs are getting greater, this is a worldwide challenge. We must get more creative in our solutions. Again, it goes back to justification, if we cant justify it, how can we expect funders to fund it ?
What is your vision for the upcoming Roadshows with LC Seating, what would you hope people would leave the events having achieved ?
I would love for people to leave with a renewed energy and excitement about looking at the client in a different way perhaps and then being able to translate those assessment findings into an optimal solution.
It’s the same process regardless of the complexity. You have to do the hands on work to get the best outcomes.
Some people may not feel as confident in their abilities as they would like so I hope they will go away with renewed confidence, and inspiration.
Its also a great opportunity for therapists to reconnect with old acquaintances and have available to them the team at LC seating to leverage their wealth of knowledge and product solutions for lying down and seated positioning. And it is an opportunity for attendees to invest in themselves for CPD requirements.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love to hike, and the North West has some amazing spots such as Knocknarea, Benbulben , and the beach in Enniscrone which we walk every day.
Best spots in Enniscrone to visit / eat in / drink in ?
Áit Eile is fabulous for a meal , Or The Waterfront House for a quiet drink.
Sharon Sutherland Independent Physiotherapist, Kevin Halpin Munster Area Rep, Stephen Conway Operations Manager LC Seating.
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