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Education committee

The committee's purpose is to support BOFAS in it's educational role which is one of the founding principles of the society.

BOFAS is of the view that education should be inclusive of trainees as well as established medical practitioners, our colleagues in podiatry, physiotherapy and in nursing.

We as health care professionals share a desire to bring about the best possible outcomes for the treatment of patients with foot and ankle problems.

BOFAS considers that a unified educational framework is one way by which we can achieve this goal.

Our range of activity currently includes

  • BOA Instructional courses
  • BOFAS Annual meeting
  • BOFAS sponsored basic foot course for Specialist registrars
  • Formulation of a framework to support ongoing appraisal and revalidation
  • Travelling Fellowship awards for trainees
  • Bursaries to support AHP's and other non-medically qualified practitioners
  • Contributions to the core curriculum and the foot and ankle components of the FRCSOrth examination in trauma and orthopaedics
  • Writing of guidelines for the treatment of foot and ankle conditions (blue book)

Our strategy for the future is:

  • To strengthen our educational framework in conjunction with the BOA
  • To provide comprehensive information to patients and GP's on foot and ankle problems
  • To establish partnerships with countries outside the UK for education in foot and ankle surgery
  • To develop and support training standards in foot and ankle surgery amongst all health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with foot and ankle problems so as to ensure the highest quality of care for such patients.


Chris Blundell specialises only in adult foot and ankle conditions. He is a consultant in Sheffield. He carried out two fellowships in foot and ankle surgery  in  Melbourne,  Australia  in  2001/2.   He was  awarded  an  MD  for research  into  foot  pressures.    He is a Sheffield graduate  whose  higher surgical training was in Cambridge and Norwich.  He is Clinical Lead for the Sheffield Foot and Ankle Unit, and Chairman of Sheffield Orthopaedics Limited.

James Davis - Chair EdComm

James  Davis graduated  from  Charing  Cross  and  Westminster  Medical School in 1990 and completed surgical training in London.  His orthopaedic training was in the South Thames region.  He was fellowship trained at the University  of  Johns  Hopkins,  USA.    He  was  appointed  as  a  consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Torbay Hospital in 2001.  He started a specialist foot and ankle service in South Devon and runs the South West Foot and Ankle Centre.

Chair EdComm Nov 2015

Rick Brown - Secretary

Rick Brown graduated from the University of Cambridge and King’s College Hospital, London, before completing orthopaedic training on the Middlesex & Stanmore Hospitals rotation, London with Fellowships at Sydney and Harvard, USA. After appointment as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Cheltenham in 2004 he established a new Adult Foot and Ankle Service. He also has an interest in children’s foot problems with an Honorary Consultant at Bristol Children’s Hospital. He is an Examiner for the FRCS (Tr & Ortho).

Anna Chapman

Anna Chapman is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at University Hospitals, Coventry and Warwickshire with a specialist interest in Foot and Ankle surgery.  She qualified from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’s Hospitals School of Medicine in London, and completed her orthopaedic training on the Warwick rotation. She undertook Fellowship training in Bournemouth and Bristol, and was appointed as a Consultant in 2012. 

She completed a Masters Degree in Medical Education at the University of Warwick in 2010 and continues to pursue her interest in all things educational. Anna is currently the Deputy Training Programme Director for the Warwick Orthopaedic Specialist Training Programme.


Elected: Nov 2015

Callum Clark

Callum Clark graduated from Cambridge and completed his orthopaedic training in the north west London training programme, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and Melbourne, Australia. He was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals in 2004 and has a busy foot and ankle surgical practice. He has run an accredited postgraduate Foot and Ankle fellowship programme since 2007, regularly teaches at regional and national courses is co-convenor of a Foot and Ankle Trauma course for SpRs.

Paul Halliwell

Paul Halliwell graduated from Guy’s Hospital, London. His clinical training included Oxford, St. Thomas’ and St. George’s Hospitals, then Fellowship training at Great Ormond Street and in Toronto. He is consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Guildford, Surrey, specialising in conditions and trauma of the foot and ankle in both adults and children. He teaches at all grades from medical students to fellow consultants. His faculty memberships include the Forefoot Instructional Course in Bordeaux. He is co-convenor of the Surrey University cadaveric training courses and FRCS (Tr & Orth) examiner.

Re-elected Nov '15

Hiro Tanaka

Hiro Tanaka is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Newport, South Wales.  He is passionate about improving the quality of surgical training and promoting clinical leadership in the NHS.  He designed the BOFAS Principles Course on behalf of the Education Committee in 2010 and continues to be a member of the committee.  He is Chairman of the Education and Revalidation Committee of the BOA and is an examiner for the FRCS (Orth).
Elected: 11/13, 11/16

Rhys Thomas

Rhys Thomas graduated from University College Hospital in 1990 and completed orthopaedic training in South Wales.  He completed Fellowship training at St Michaels Hospital, Toronto and has subsequently been awarded travelling Fellowships by EFAS and AOFAS.  He was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Cardiff in 2003.  He has recently finished his term as foot and ankle clinical lead and supervises the local foot and ankle fellowship. 

He lectures at national and international foot and ankle courses. He is co-convenor of the RCS Operative Skills in Orthopaedics course and has taught on a number of BOFAS 'Principles' courses. He is part of the steering group for the National Diabetes Foot Care Audit.  He is currently undertaking an MD at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University.  

Elected: 11/14 (defered 1yr)

Tim Wiliams

Tim Williams graduated from Guy's and St. Thomas' Medical School in 1999, completed his surgical training in London and East Anglia before undertaking his fellowship training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.  He was appointed as Consultant Foot and Ankle Surgeon at Colchester in 2011.  Here he has established a working and educational relationship with the British army garrison, supporting the Regional Rehabilitation Unit.

His education interests include training junior doctors as well as allied healthcare practitioners and he has taught on the Oxbridge theatre personnel course.  In 2015 he was invited faculty to the inaugural foot and ankle meeting in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Elected: Nov 2015

Rajesh Kakwani is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust where he leads the Foot and Ankle unit. He completed his Higher Surgical Training at the Northern Deanery, gaining the FRCS (Orth) accreditation in 2012. He undertook fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery at Bristol and Sheffield. Mr Kakwani completed the AO Trauma Fellowship in Hannover, Germany & was awarded BOFAS Travelling fellowship to the Sigvard Hansen Foot and Ankle Unit, Seattle. He is and has been a Clinical and Educational Supervisor for the Orthopaedic Specialty Trainees and teaches in a variety of regional and national courses including the BOFAS Principles Course.

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