Devoted staff and management at Seating Matters who specialise in improving lives across the world through innovative healthcare seating, were honoured to receive a visit from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne this month.

During a one day tour of Northern Ireland, the Princess Royal had the opportunity to visit the leading family-run therapeutic seating business who are committed to helping millions of lives a year through their products and global partnerships.

Occupational therapist and author of The Clinician’s Seating Handbook, Martina Tierney, offered a guided tour to the Princess Royal of the factory floor where she heard more about the production process and the company’s progressive role in enhancing the quality of life of patients through clinical excellence.

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Martina designed the first Seating Matters chairs to meet the needs of her individual patients with complex needs and pressure injuries. Throughout Martina’s 30 year career working with patients, Martina discovered the profound effects that unsafe seating could have on patient outcomes and designed chairs to meet their clinical and functional needs.

After results from a clinical research trial proved that Seating Matters chairs helped reduce pressure injuries, falls and care giver injuries, demand for Seating Matters expanded globally.

Seating Matters began to supply government and hospital systems throughout the world and developed partnerships with healthcare facilities to help them reduce cost of care.

During her visit, Princess Anne also had the opportunity of sitting in on a daily morning meeting which the company implemented around six years ago and have been taking place ever since.

These meetings give employees the opportunity to voice their ideas and offer improvement suggestions, including stretching exercises and daily shout outs to encourage support and highlight the hard work of the dedicated Seating Matters team.

Speaking of the Princess Royal’s visit, Martina expressed her delight saying: “We are honoured that the hard work of our staff and the clinicians who use our products are being recognised by The Princess Royal, the Patron of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy.

“HRH’s keen interest in our clinical research and its impact on patient care is greatly appreciated by our family.”

This is not the first time the Seating Matters team have had the opportunity of meeting the Princess Royal.

Back in November 2013, the clinical team launched the results of their two year research project in the presence of her Royal Highness Princess Anne who was visiting University of Ulster to celebrate 40 years of occupational therapy and the links between academia and industry.

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