We are delighted to have appointed Samantha Hyde in the new role of Engagement Manager.
An occupational therapist with strong clinical expertise across both paediatrics and neurological practice, Sam joins GripAble following a diverse occupational therapy career, which has culminated in a focus on the upper limb. Sam has worked in clinical leadership positions for the NHS, for local authorities and charity organizations, for community-based paediatric teams and in SEN school settings.
At GripAble, Sam will work with both therapists and home users to support them in their understanding of how to get the most out of the digital platform for their specific needs, and provide further clinical support to the GripAble sales team. Alongside, Sam will retain independent occupational therapy practice whilst also studying for a Hand Therapy MSc at the University of Derby.
“I am thrilled to be part of such a forward-thinking and innovative company that has no limits on its creativity and puts clinical expertise at the heart of everything it does,” says Sam.
“I’ve always been motivated by supporting therapists in exploring and delivering evidence-based best practice. Occupational therapists’ caseloads are ever increasing and finding the information and resources they need quickly and efficiently can be a challenge.
“Through my role at GripAble, I have the unique opportunity to help therapists implement new and evidence-based practices in a straight-forward way and make this process as smooth and practical as possible for them and their clients.”
Dr Paul Rinne, CEO and co-founder of GripAble, adds:
“The role of Engagement Manager is a new position for GripAble that spans both the customer support and clinical teams and reinforces our commitment to putting therapy at the heart of our innovations. Sam is the perfect fit for this role and brings a combination of clinical expertise and commercial nous, meaning she really understands the end-to-end stresses, strains and needs of our users in the rehabilitation field.
“It’s more important than ever that we understand the changing needs of, and difficulties faced by, those undergoing rehabilitation as well as their occupational therapists and clinicians. The pandemic has forced the healthcare sector to fast track the integration of medical technology in order to navigate the impact of the lockdowns on clients of occupational therapy and enable remote rehabilitation. This has been a rapid shift, and therapists and their clients deserve the right to support and guidance to help them access and maximise the potential of new technology and understand how it fits in with their journey.