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School of Health and Society

John Head

Senior lecturer


Enrolled on the P&O programme in 1987.

Qualified as a Prosthetist in 1991.

Worked at Aintree hospital between 1992 & 1999

Joined Salford in 1999


All levels of Prosthetics, particularly upper limb

Mathematics & Biomechanics

Materials & design



Research Interests

Electrically powered prostheses and myoelectric control

Qualifications and Memberships

  • BAPO Executive committee member 2010-
  • BSc (Hons.) Mathematics: Upper second class
  • HND Prosthetics and Orthotics with distinctions
  • OPTEC diploma in Prosthetics


P&O International (accepted for publication January 2013): A novel technique for fabricating an ear prosthesis in a patient with congenital ear deformity

Sports city conference for Medial consultants, October 2011: Sports prostheses for the upper limb user

Trent International Prosthetic Symposium, Loughborough, 2009:

  1. Analysing the relationship between electrode contact and prosthesis functionality: a functionality assessment
  2. Analysing the relationship between socket fit, electrode contact and myoelectric prosthesis functionality: a prosthesis user questionnaire

ISPO Conference Vancouver, Canada, 2007:  A novel method for providing wrist rotation in myoelectric prostheses