Just over 20 years ago, Bhavini Patel walked onto the Welland factory floor for the second time. Her son was 2 months old. Her new role was as a machine operator, but unlike the last time, when she’d been in a temporary role, this time it was permanent. She didn’t realise at the time just how permanent.
Today Bhavini is a lead machine setter for half of our automated stoma product manufacturing lines. She’s responsible for training and managing the operating staff and making sure production targets are met. It’s been quite a journey, and as she says, “I never thought I’d be where I am now.”
Of all the things in the world you could design, why choose medical devices? We spoke to one of our junior product design engineers, Nadeem Hussain to find out
Nadeem joined our Research & Development team in 2019. Since then, he has learnt a lot about the medical device industry and how it can push you to develop your design and problem-solving skills. He has shared his experience for anyone wanting to understand where a career in industrial design/product design may lead them.
OrtoProfil has been supplying ostomy care products in Romania since 1996 and have worked with Welland Medical since 2003. Besides supplying products to ostomates across Romania, the company advocates for ostomates to receive more support and better care, as well as for improvements to the Romanian health insurance system.
We spoke to Dr Atilla Pálosi who is responsible for OrtoProfil’s nationwide sales, about how the company’s been getting on this year and what they are doing to support ostomates in the country.
Despite Covid-19 and all its restrictions, our Dutch distributors are now supplying the Belgian market.
In light of their new opportunity in Belgium and the way Covid-19 has forced us all to change the way we do things, we checked in with the company’s Sales Director, Robin Engels, to see what challenges they are facing and what is helping them succeed.
“Not in a million years!” is how Welland Medical’s new Managing Director, Samantha Jackson, responds through a smile when asked if she thought she’d still be a the company, let alone MD, 13 years after her first day in the office.
Having joined as a Product Manager in 2007, Samantha grew and developed alongside Welland. As the Company expanded so did her skills and knowledge. She took on the role of Sales & Marketing Manager in 2010, then Sales & Marketing Director in 2015. During this time, she became a CMI Chartered Manager and earned an MBA and her Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
If you are concerned about access to Welland Medical stoma care products over the coming months, rest assured that we are fully operational and manufacturing our full range of products.
The whole company are designated as key workers, and despite the challenges of lockdown we are still manufacturing in the UK and shipping to all our markets.
Friday, 24 April 2020 should have been the last day at work for Paul Costigan, Production Manager of our manufacturing facility in Crawley. Paul had been with Welland Medical for 4 years. He and his wife relocated to the Isle of Wight at the start of the year, and he had a new job lined up within walking distance of his new home.
Then coronavirus happened. It put Paul in a situation he’d never faced in his 30 years in operations management.
The current situation surrounding COVID-19 is evolving on a daily basis. The Health, Safety and Wellbeing of our Employees, Customers and Partners is of the utmost importance to us and we are reviewing this situation daily. We have been in contact with our key suppliers and have sufficient materials stocks within the supply chain to mitigate any unforeseen materials issues.
It all began with a local art trail, organised by St. Catherine’s Hospice, which captured our heart during its 10-week duration.