Meet Bob Watts
Trustee for Blesma since:
24 June 2014
Bob has worked in prosthetics since 1976 and brings a wealth of experience to Blesma. He has a long and varied career that has seen him work in Lebanon, Iraq and at the Paralympic games.
Bob began his journey in prosthetics as a prosthetist, training in 1976 at Queen Marys Hospital, Roehampton. Soon after training Bob went to work in Baghdad, fitting artificial limbs to victims of the Iraq/Iran conflict. In 1989 Bob set up Dorset Orthopaedic where he went on to specialise in treating more complex amputees, often victims of IED’s and Meningitis where the patient often had lost all four limbs. Since the launch of Dorset Orthopaedic in 1989, the company has fitted over 19,000 artificial limbs and limb support products.
Across his career Bob won many awards for his work including the Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation for inventing the Silicone Ankle Foot Orthosis. In 1992 Bob became the Prosthetist to the British Paralympic Team helping the team understand how to achieve maximum function in each prosthesis. In 2014 Bob sold ownership of Dorset Orthopaedic to Otto Bock.