The Orthotic Research & Locomotor Assessment Unit (ORLAU) is based at RJAH. 


The unit was established in 1975 by Gordon Rose, an orthopaedic surgeon, to provide assessments of mobility impairment and to develop engineering solutions for disabled patients. Today ORLAU continues to:


  • Assess children and adults with mobility problems by gait analysis
  • Advise patients and referring clinicians on treatment options and strategies
  • Deliver orthotic and physiotherapy solutions for adults and children
  • Deliver complex mobility aids and devices
  • Train health professional in the fields of movement analysis and rehabilitation engineering
  • Research and develop engineering solutions for mobility impairment
  • Research mobility impairment by means of gait analysis 



ORLAU has developed the following resources which enable it to undertake a wide range of activities related to walking rehabilitation at all levels of disability.


Gait Analysis:


  • 3D Movement Analysis
  • Electromyography
  • Ground Reaction Video Vector Analysis
  • Plantar pressure measurement
  • Clinic Rooms for patient assessment and walking training
  • Plaster Room
  • Patient Information facility


Rehabilitation Engineering:


  • Mechanical workshop with a wide range of machine tools.
  • Computer Aided Design facility.
  • Materials and structures testing equipment.
  • Transportable ground reaction force monitoring instrumentation which can be offered as a stand-alone clinical service with clinical and technical support available from ORLAU staff


Contact us


Our postal address is:

The RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital,
SY10 7AG


Please contact our reception on 01691 404532.


Office hours are 8:45am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8:45am to 4pm on Friday.


Please email for additional information: rjah.orlau@nhs.net


Quality assurance


ORLAU has held accreditation to ISO 9001 since 1998. In March 2017, we successfully transitioned to ISO 9001:2015 and also hold accreditation to ISO 13485:2016. 


A copy of our Quality Policy can be made available on request.