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Remap Gloucestershire panel was formed in 1980

Peter Gearing (a very appropriate name!), who was the panel's chairman for many years until he retired in 1990, explained how the panel was setup as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations in 2005. Peter sadly died shortly after this celebration.



"The Gloucestershire Remap panel was set up at the instigation of Neil McClellon, Director of Social Services at Gloucestershire County Council. Neil had previously been director of Social Services in another county, which had a strong Remap panel. He invited engineers and Occupational Therapists to attend a meeting at Shire Hall in July 1980. 80 people attended the meeting, which elected a steering committee to form a constitution. In September 1980 the panel was formally set up.

David James was elected chairman and David Eady was elected secretary. Because we were a new panel it took some time for the various groups, OTs and Physios to get to know about us. There were three engineers on the panel, and we averaged 4 referrals a month, with an average of 7-8 running at one time....

David James served for 2 years as chairman before retiring. I was elected chairmen and served until 1990."

Peter Gearing (2005)

Today we have over 20 engineers, one Physiotherapist and three Occupational Therapists who regularly attend the panel meeting each month to discuss the case referrals. Each month we have, on average, about 10 new cases to discuss together with about 20 outstanding cases. The referrals can be anything from a simple modification to an existing piece of equipment to a complex new design involving woodwork, metalwork and electronics. With 20 engineers this enables us to call on a wide range of skills and facilities scattered over the entire county.


Note the biscuits on the table, which are donated by one of the panel each month

Remap engineer awarded MBE

CharlesCharles Dobbin was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2015) for his services to the disabled working as a volunteer for REMAP.
He joined Gloucestershire REMAP as a volunteer engineer 25 years ago. Although REMAP was established then, the Gloucestershire NHS were in need of help in this area and encouraged him to join as he had a complete workshop available and could make anything!
Since then he has been a key member of the group, always keen to take on a knotty problem, and has delivered more than 400 cases to all age groups in Gloucestershire. Most recently he organised and coordinated the design and build of a series of playground models (an aeroplane, lorry, car, locomotive and stockade) for the children of Milestone School, a school providing a wide range of special educational needs. See projects.
Just to see the joy on the children’s faces is reward enough’, says Charles.
The Gloucestershire Panel is proud to have him on the team and congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award.