John Florence Orthotic Centre

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by John Florence Orthotic Centre's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from John Florence Orthotic Centre is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.johnflorence.com

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38 | BIOVAULT
routinely discussed during pregnancy.
This, coupled with the fact that
donation to public banks is through
a limited number of hospitals only,
means these precious cells often end
up in the incinerator.
There has also been considerable
challenge in terms of the collection
of the cord. The Royal College of
Midwives does not currently support
private banking unless there is a
medically indicated reason, although
they are currently reviewing their
position. As a result, hospitals and
midwifery teams have not put in place
the systems and resources to facilitate
this collection, resulting in the use of
external personnel to attend the birth
to make the collection. This can be
logistically complex, as babies do not
arrive to a set timetable. The recent
move to delayed cord clamping as
standard within the NHS can mean
medical professionals and parents think
collection of the cord and blood is
not possible, and again it is dismissed
without proper consideration.
Searching for a solution
We are not content with simply offering
the existing service. We understand
that parents rightly want to give their
child the best start in life by delaying
cord clamping but also want to protect
them for the future. Because of this,
we have embarked on a research
programme, in partnership with
University College London, to look at
how we can “replicate” stem cells using
cords donated specifically for research.
Hopefully, this will provide a process
which expands the number of available
cells through the use of pioneering
technology. This development may allow
not only the child to have protection,
but other members of the family too.
The field of stem cells, cellular
therapies and regenerative medicine
has developed rapidly over the last 30
years, but we are now on the cusp of
new possibilities for the use of these
precious cells. We continue to work
hard to be at the forefront of this.
Many parents
do not know
they have the
option to
bank their
child’s cord
blood, as it is
not routinely
discussed
during
pregnancy
Cleanroom processing in
action at Biovault
39JOHN FLORENCE ORTHOTIC CENTRE |
HEALTH & SOCIAL WORK
Managing Director Steve Porter
Senior orthotist with cast,
using three-dimensional
modelling for spinal orthosis
John Florence Limited is a specialised paediatric and young
adult orthotic treatment company. With over 50 years of
history, John Florence serves hospitals across the South
and London including the Great Ormond Street and Evelina
Children’s Hospitals as well as Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
– just to mention a few. Managing Director Steve Porter tells
The Parliamentary Review
about John Florence’s history and
how its “get it right first time” philosophy has led them to
continuedsuccess.
We are an industry-leading orthotics treatment, manufacturing and product supply
company with a widely known and outstanding reputation for working within the
children’s sector.
The core processes of our business are the establishment of individual children’s
orthotic treatment and care requirements through personal assessment and
measurement appointments by our professionally qualified and experienced team
of children’s orthotists who attend NHS trust hospitals and clinics. The children’s
specific prescription is presented to our organisation’s administration, technical and
manufacturing centre where the production and supply of the custom-designed
orthotics are completed and provided to our orthotists for fitting and supply back
to the patient.
Long-established orthotic excellence
The company begun life from a traditional Thames sailing barge, connected
to a floating ex-army pontoon on the River Thames at Chiswick, west London.
FACTS ABOUT
JOHN FLORENCE ORTHOTIC
CENTRE
»Managing Director: Steve Porter
»Established in 1963
»Based in Lewes, East Sussex
»Services: Manufacture and
supply of orthotics treatments
»No. of employees: 27
John Florence
Orthotic Centre
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Itwas from there, in 1963, that the
original entrepreneur and founder
John Florence, a clever engineer and
qualified orthotist, saw the need for
specialist bespoke orthoses for children.
He set up a manufacturing facility
operating from the pontoon and, by
providing the Westminster Children’s
Hospital with his specialist orthotist
clinical expertise, he began providing
a fast supply of well-fitting, well-
engineered and specifically designed
orthoses for a wide range of children
with medical conditions and complex
physicaldisabilities.
The manufacture of high-quality,
lightweight, cosmetic, innovative
and well-engineered orthoses were
primary objectives. These qualities,
along with a “get it right first time”
strategy, soon became the company’s
standardphilosophy.
From this proven success came a growing
and spreading reputation among many
other NHS children’s services. As a
result, in 1975, the company was invited
to base its headquarters within the
grounds of the internationally recognised
Chailey Heritage Craft School and
Hospital in Sussex, now known as the
ChaileyFoundation.
Chailey was itself a specialist children’s
centre looking after challenged children
and treating complex disabilities
resulting from thalidomide, spina bifida,
arthrogryposis, polio and cerebral
palsy, to name but a few. It was in
this environment that the company
expanded and where John and his team
of technicians also began to pioneer
and specialise in lower limb and spinal
orthotics by providing custom-made,
oven-moulded, lightweight plastic
orthoses to an ever-widening range
of children with complex medical
conditions affectingmobility.
Today, the company still practises its
original philosophy and objectives
from its paediatric orthotic centre in
Lewes, East Sussex, where a friendly
and personal service continues to be
offered by our fully trained staff. We
also continue to serve the Chailey
Foundation as well as many more
established and successful clinics
throughout the South East, including
providing children’s orthotics to the
children being looked after by the Brain
Injuries Trust based in Tadworth,Surrey.
At our paediatric orthotic centre, we
continue to operate an innovative and
busy on-site clinic and full manufacturing
facilities, where mainly NHS patients
can visit for measuring, casting, repairs,
adaptations and supply.
Our“while you wait” service is often
taken advantage of by many of our NHS
customers, children and young adults as
well as parents and private usersalike.
We are immensely proud of having
won an uninterrupted national NHS
orthotics supply contract since the
company was formally incorporated
in 1971 and for consistently operating
a first-class service, with certification
to the internationally recognised ISO
9001 quality standard. We have now
been servicing our users for half a
century, demonstrating the success of
our approach. We further believe that
should any potential customer, patient
or user, experience our philosophy, they
shall be impressed and believe thistoo.
John Florence-designed
spinal casting frame in
use at Evelina Children’s
Hospital
Our “while
you wait”
service is often
taken
advantage of
by many of
our NHS
customers,
children and
young adults
as well as
parents and
private users
alike
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
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40 | JOHN FLORENCE ORTHOTIC CENTRE
Itwas from there, in 1963, that the
original entrepreneur and founder
John Florence, a clever engineer and
qualified orthotist, saw the need for
specialist bespoke orthoses for children.
He set up a manufacturing facility
operating from the pontoon and, by
providing the Westminster Children’s
Hospital with his specialist orthotist
clinical expertise, he began providing
a fast supply of well-fitting, well-
engineered and specifically designed
orthoses for a wide range of children
with medical conditions and complex
physicaldisabilities.
The manufacture of high-quality,
lightweight, cosmetic, innovative
and well-engineered orthoses were
primary objectives. These qualities,
along with a “get it right first time”
strategy, soon became the company’s
standardphilosophy.
From this proven success came a growing
and spreading reputation among many
other NHS children’s services. As a
result, in 1975, the company was invited
to base its headquarters within the
grounds of the internationally recognised
Chailey Heritage Craft School and
Hospital in Sussex, now known as the
ChaileyFoundation.
Chailey was itself a specialist children’s
centre looking after challenged children
and treating complex disabilities
resulting from thalidomide, spina bifida,
arthrogryposis, polio and cerebral
palsy, to name but a few. It was in
this environment that the company
expanded and where John and his team
of technicians also began to pioneer
and specialise in lower limb and spinal
orthotics by providing custom-made,
oven-moulded, lightweight plastic
orthoses to an ever-widening range
of children with complex medical
conditions affectingmobility.
Today, the company still practises its
original philosophy and objectives
from its paediatric orthotic centre in
Lewes, East Sussex, where a friendly
and personal service continues to be
offered by our fully trained staff. We
also continue to serve the Chailey
Foundation as well as many more
established and successful clinics
throughout the South East, including
providing children’s orthotics to the
children being looked after by the Brain
Injuries Trust based in Tadworth,Surrey.
At our paediatric orthotic centre, we
continue to operate an innovative and
busy on-site clinic and full manufacturing
facilities, where mainly NHS patients
can visit for measuring, casting, repairs,
adaptations and supply.
Our“while you wait” service is often
taken advantage of by many of our NHS
customers, children and young adults as
well as parents and private usersalike.
We are immensely proud of having
won an uninterrupted national NHS
orthotics supply contract since the
company was formally incorporated
in 1971 and for consistently operating
a first-class service, with certification
to the internationally recognised ISO
9001 quality standard. We have now
been servicing our users for half a
century, demonstrating the success of
our approach. We further believe that
should any potential customer, patient
or user, experience our philosophy, they
shall be impressed and believe thistoo.
John Florence-designed
spinal casting frame in
use at Evelina Children’s
Hospital
Our “while
you wait”
service is often
taken
advantage of
by many of
our NHS
customers,
children and
young adults
as well as
parents and
private users
alike
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Ambition – based on our
mission and values
We have created our mission, vision
and values to realise a higher level of
ambition where all children may have
access to outstanding orthotics treatment
and the best levels of orthotic care.
To achieve this, we have a unique
concept that includes helping to create
and build a first national centre of
excellence: a children’s orthotic centre.
This would include collaboration with
our universities and NHS England
to integrate and focus every level of
orthotic expertise and innovation.
Facilities would include an R&D centre
where new and innovative technologies
can be explored and created. In
addition, an orthotics education
centre would promote the study
and application of biomechanics and
bioengineering disciplines to ensure
the very best knowledge is directed,
enabling future health professionals to
understand, assist and provide excellent
standards of orthotic treatment.
The centre, coupled with a full on-site
manufacturing facility, would enable
children and young adults from all over
England to receive best practice and
hugely improved orthotic treatments.
The vision also includes the creation of
several similar centres strategically placed
throughout NHS England where follow-
up appointments and new referrals can
be processed and integrated with this
national centre of excellence.
We further advocate that the present
inequality of orthotic services needs to
be addressed as identified in a 2015
NHS England report titled
Improving
the Quality of Orthotics Services in
England
. To do this effectively, we
believe there is a need to identify and
provide such patients with a passport
style “fast-track” system. This would
separate standard NHS hospital
orthotics procurement funding from
the easily identifiable population of
children and young adults with long-
term complex health needs.
Such a centre could be resourced
to save thousands of hours of
present orthotics procurement NHS
administration time. Additionally,
it would save many hundreds of
thousands of pounds of inappropriately
prescribed orthotics and product
costs that are presently provided from
local NHS hospitals, all of whom are
desperately short of the professional
expertise and understanding needed.
Our ambition is strong and purposeful,
built from many decades of experience,
and rooted in an understanding of
what is really needed to be successful.
We are fully committed to sharing our
ambition and vision with all people
and across all levels so that they too
can help the NHS and our education
system to achieve and realise that
in the UK we can lead the world
in focusing and caring for this very
challenged group. By providing the
best orthotic outcomes our nation’s
children can get, we know this would
maximise each of their potential and
enable them to contribute as fully as
possible to society.
We have
created our own
mission, vision
and values to
realise a higher
level of ambition
where all
children may
have access to
outstanding
orthotics
treatment
Examples of custom
orthoses provided to
children

www.johnflorence.com

This article was sponsored by John Florence Orthotic Centre. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development