Seating Assessment Training (SAT) is a new, free training course created by Etac. It is aimed at paediatric OTs and physiotherapists who want to develop their knowledge of seating principles and problem solving solutions. It offers the opportunity for collaboration between therapists and equipment providers so that individual therapy needs can be met. With a flexible format, each training session will utilise relevant case studies so that training can be shaped according to the requirements of attendees. The programme will be hosted by leading occupational therapists namely Joanne McConnell, OT and Category Manager for Mobility and Pressure Care at Etac R82, and Helena Poulton, Highly Specialist OT.

SAT training will focus on:

  • Identifying key structures of the pelvis
  • Hands-on palpitation of the pelvis
  • Accurate measuring techniques
  • Seating equipment selection following a detailed assessment
  • Appropriate adjustment of seating equipment to meet childrens’ needs

The training will involve a workshop-based approach with hands-on experience and the opportunity to ask questions regarding individual scenarios. Places on each session will be limited so that all attendees will be able to fully discuss current challenges and obtain expert recommendation on a variety of topics.

SAT TRAINING (launch session): Thursday 7th June 9:30–16:00.

Etac R82, Unit D4A, Coombswood Business Park East, Halesowen, West Midlands. B62 8BH

To book a place call +44 (0)121 561 2222 or email

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The next two training dates will be published shortly.

About the course leaders:

Joanne McConnell, OT
Jo is a highly qualified OT with over 25 year’s of experience. She has worked in paediatrics and posture and mobility teams for the NHS, held the position of Senior Mobility Therapist for the Whizz Kidz charity and was Mobility Business Manager and Clinical Lead for a major assistive product manufacturer. She has outstanding knowledge regarding complex posture and mobility issues within paediatrics. Jo has been a PMG committee member since 2007 and was Conference Chair for four years. From an academic point of view she has also lectured at Coventry and Bristol universities.

Helena Poulton, OT
With an MSc in Occupation and Health, Helena has worked in paediatrics for 11 years with a focus on specialist seating. She currently has a clinical specialism role within the NHS in South Wales (Aneurin Bevan University Health Board) and has a leadership role related to children with neurodisability. In addition to her main role Helena supports Etac R82 from a clinical perspective.

Complementing her academic achievements, Helena has lectured at Cardiff University and currently presents at regional and national conferences. She is a respected expert on the value of occupational therapy and the importance of postural management in relation to activity facilitation.