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Education committee

One of the founding principles of the society is education. This committee's purpose is to support BOFAS in this.

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.

Rick Brown - Chair

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 at Harvard, USA. After appointment as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Cheltenham in 2004 he established the new Adult Foot and Ankle Service in Cheltenham and ran a Regional Paediatric Foot clinic in Bristol Children's Hospital. His interest in Education led to him serving two terms on the BOFAS Education Committee, of which he is now the Chairman. He is a lead examiner for the FRCS (Tr & Orth). In 2016 he was appointed as a Consultant in the Foot and Ankle team at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, where his practice covers all aspects of Foot and Ankle surgery including sports injuries, neurological conditions, complex forefoot problems and young adult conditions.  

Chair from 2018

Callum Clark - Secretary

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. Elected 2013 and 2016. Co-opted 2019

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), Re-elected Nov 2018

Howard Davies graduated from Manchester University and completed his Orthopaedic training in Leeds and the East of England. He undertook a Foot & Ankle Fellowship in Sheffield and joined the Sheffield Foot and Ankle Unit as a Consultant and honorary clinical lecturer in 2013. 

He is a regional clinical co-ordinator for the National joint registry and regularly teaches on regional and national courses. Elected Nov 2018


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 (deferred one year), re-elected 2019

Tim Wiliams

Tim Williams was appointed in 2011 as Consultant in Colchester, Essex.  This followed his Fellowship at RNOH, Stanmore and training in London and East Anglia as Registrar.   He graduated from Guy’s and St.Thomas’s Medical School in 1999.

Working in a busy DGH his local population, being a Garrison town has brought Sports Injury experience to the fore, building strong links with the military and its workforce.


As an educationalist he has been on BOFAS Education Committee since 2015 and has taken the opportunity to help run a number of basic and advanced course in the UK and Overseas, teaching in Ethiopia in 2019 as a particular highlight.  He has setup and runs the Fellows Forum at conference, now a permanent feature of the annual meeting.


Elected: Nov 2015, Re-Elected Nov 2018, Secretary since 2019


Nikki Kelsall

Nikki Kelsall is a consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery  at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Bournemouth Hospital. She has a specialist interest in Foot and ankle surgery and is the lead for Diabetic foot disease.  She graduated from Bristol University in 2001 and completed her Orthopaedic training in Wessex.  Her fellowship was in Bournemouth.  She was appointed as a consultant in 2015.

Nikki completed her Master of Arts in Medical Education in 2014 at Winchester University.  She is the STC representative for Poole & Bournemouth Hospitals and regularly runs regional teaching and mock exams. 

Elected Nov 2019

Graham Chuter

Graham Chuter isa Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon working in Darlington since 2012. He graduated from Dundee University, trained in the Northern Deanery and was selected for a specialist fellowship in Melbourne. One of three F&A surgeons in County Durham & Darlington Trust, he takes the lead in ankle arthroplasty and has been local PI for multicentre trials. His practice is elective adult foot & ankle and general and specialist trauma. He has been heavily involved in education and training throughout his medical career and is faculty on many national and international courses. Elected Nov 2019

Ian Sharpe

Ian Sharpe has been a consultant orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, Exeter since 2003. He graduated from St Mary’s HMS in 1991, and completed his orthopaedic training on the Far South West rotation, undertaking further clinical and research fellowships in Sydney and Seattle. He established the foot and ankle unit in Exeter and was Lead Clinician for Trauma from 2006-10, and was appointed Clinical Director of PEOC in 2014. He has a particular interest in ankle replacement surgery – primary and revision techniques. Elected Nov 2017

Venu Kavarthapu

Venu Kavarthapu graduated from India and completed his higher surgical training in Trauma and Orthopaedics from south-east Thames rotation before his appointment as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in King's College Hospital, London in 2006. In addition to providing adult foot and ankle service, he established the functional limb salvage Charcot foot reconstruction service at King’s multi-disciplinary diabetic foot unit that is recognised nationally. He lectures nationally and internationally and established the ‘Multidisciplinary and Surgical Reconstruction of Charcot Foot’ symposium and ‘Charcot Foot Reconstruction Cadaver Workshop’ in London. He is actively involved in research and published several scientific articles in foot and ankle. His other responsibilities include regional orthopaedic training programme director and associate professor, University of Southern Denmark. He is also the current President elect of A-DFS.

Tricia Allen - Immediate Past President

Patricia Allen was trained in orthopaedic surgery in Birmingham and Bristol.  She undertook a fellowship in foot and ankle and paediatric orthopaedic surgery in Dublin in 1998 and was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Bristol in 2000. She moved to Leicester as a Consultant in 2003 and has developed the Foot and Ankle service here.

Heath Taylor - President-Elect

Heath Taylor graduated from Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School in 1994 and completed his Orthopaedic training on the North West Thames training rotation. He carried out his fellowship in complex foot and ankle surgery at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. He is currently a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Foot & Ankle surgery at The Royal Bournemouth & Poole Hospitals. He takes a particular interest in training the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons and in 2012 was voted the Wessex Region Trainer of the Year.


Robert Clayton - Media and Communications Director

Robert Clayton moved to Edinburgh in 1994 and graduated in 2000. He undertook Basic and Higher Surgical training in the South East Scotland region. He undertook fellowship training in Foot & Ankle surgery in Glasgow in 2009 before taking up post as a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon in Fife in 2010. He has a highly specialised elective and trauma foot and ankle practice. He has an active role in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and orthopaedic research. He is a council member of the Foot and Ankle Scotland group and has served on faculty at numerous courses and conferences in the region.

Elected: 11/17

James Davis - President

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.


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What is CBD?

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Whether you have crippling anxiety or you have been dealing with chronic pain for a long time, CBD oil can offer you some relief. With plenty of scientific research emerging to back up anecdotal claims, the UK CBD market shows no signs of slowing down. CBD is 100% legal in the UK as long as its sold as a food supplement and contains less than 0.2% THC content.

If you’re ready to jump on this very promising train, take a look at the best CBD oils in the UK that we’ve tried and recommend. 

The UK's 9 Best CBD Brands (2020 Updated)

1. Blessed CBD

If you don’t want to muck around, the first CBD oil you should try should be the UK’s number one CBD oil brand. Blessed CBD is a family-run operation in the UK. It’s their goal to provide their customers with the very best CBD products, and it’s safe to say that they have been succeeding in the United Kingdom.

Their hemp extracts come in a 10ml bottle and in full-spectrum form, meaning they’re rich in all cannabinoids (CBD, CBDA, CBG, etc) and terpenes. Unlike broad-spectrum oils, full-spectrum CBD oils are extremely effective in relieving pain and inflammation (due to the entourage effect). It’s also worth noting that the hemp plants used in their products are 100% vegan and organically grown. 

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What we love about Blessed CBD is their commitment to educating the UK public about CBD. They cater specifically to the UK market, as their products are not available elsewhere else. All their products come with an informational booklet to get you started and customer reviews are majorly positive.

They were also voted the #1 CBD oil UK by leading publications, such as Mirror, Observer, HerbMighty, Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo, Birmingham Mail, LA Weekly, Readers Digest, Glasgow Live, Improb and Luxury Lifestyle Mag.

Plus, each batch of oil they produce comes with its own certificate and third party lab reports, so you know exactly what you’re putting into your body and the amount of CBD in each product. 

If you're looking to truly experience the benefits of CBD, give Blessed CBD a try.

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2. Bud & Tender CBD

Bud & Tender is a British company that’s relatively fresh in the market. However, they’re getting quite the praise because they produce some decent CBD oils. 

A premium CBD oil (with a premium price), it’s a bit more palatable than your average CBD tincture. It has a distinct floral note, which makes it easier to swallow. Using a CO2 extraction process/technique, all their oils are guaranteed to be of the purest quality. 

They only use non-GMO, organic hemp so you’ll know that what you’re getting is an all-natural remedy. If you want to find out more about their products, they’re very transparent about what’s in them. Comprehensive lab results are regularly published on their website. 

3. Jacob Hooy CBD

If you like to frequent Holland & Barrett on the high street, you might have come across this hemp CBD oil from Jacob Hooy. Because it’s so affordable, it’s a viable choice if you’re taking the first steps of your CBD journey. It’s not the most potent oil in the CBD industry, so it's important to have realistic expectations.

It’s also not the most palatable, but you can always wash it down with a generous drink of water. Overall, it’s a reliable starter CBD oil for those who don’t need higher potencies just yet. 

4. Hempura CBD

Hempura is an up-and-coming brand that offers a wide range of quality CBD oil products. Aside from oils, they have edibles, e-juices (for vaping devices/vape pens), and capsules. Even though it’s not full-spectrum, the oil contains a decent amount of cannabinoids. It’s by no means ineffective. 

They also use the CO2 extraction method, which is considered the most efficient and safest technique of getting CBD out of hemp plants. We also love Hempura’s packaging, which is important to some folks. 

Hempura is also part of the Cannabis Trades Association, which shows their commitment to creating high-quality products for their customers.

5. Endoca Raw CBD

Endoca Raw is the CBD oil of choice of those who want make more environmentally sound choices. Endoca Raw’s operations all happen in Northern Europe. It’s worth noting that they use supercritical CO2 extraction, which is the best way to isolate cannabinoids and flavonoids.

The growing process of the hemp crops used in their products all pass strict regulations. They’re non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, pesticide-free, herbicide-free, and 100% natural. 

Their range of products include CBD tinctures, CBD capsules, gummies, CBD vapes, CBD e-liquid and skincare options.

6. Medterra CBD

Medterra dominates the worldwide CBD oil products market (especially in the USA) and they have only just made their products available for UK residents. Their oils comes in 500mg to 3000mg potencies, so you have a decent range to choose from depending on the symptoms that are ailing you. 

Best CBD Oil UK: The 9 top CBD brands in the UK (2020) Best CBD Oil UK: The 9 top CBD brands in the UK (2020)

Best CBD Oil UK: The 9 top CBD brands in the UK (2020)

One thing that we love about the Medterra's CBD range is its tastelessness. It doesn’t smell like anything either, making it extremely easy to consume. Plus, the dropper cap of this product has marked measurements, so you can measure out your dose every time you take it. 

7. Holistic Herb CBD

If you’re a stickler for quality and always want to go for the premium, look no further than Holistic Herb. They offer strong straightforward potencies of CBD, at 4.2% or 8.2%. If you think you’re going to need higher doses to treat your ailments, then by all means go for this oil. Just so you know, it’s very hard to overdose on CBD oil anyway. You would have to consume gallons of it for it to become detrimental. 

Every batch of their CBD oil sprays are so pure and contain no amount of THC whatsoever. You’re guaranteed to get only the holistic goodness of the crop and not its psychoactive side effects. Since it’s a premium product, it’s the most expensive one on this list, but it’s never really a bad idea to splurge on quality. 

8. NeoHemp

Hemp oil is not exactly the same as CBD oil, but it’s a good place to start if you’re on the fence about using pure CBD. Hemp oil is considered a superfood because of its high amount of fatty acids and bioactive compounds. Unlike CBD oil, Hemp oil is extracted particularly from the crop’s seeds and nowhere else. 

With a 4000mg potency, you can take this oil as is or mix it in with your creams and serums. It’s more affordable than the other picks on this list, but it is also slightly less potent. 

9. Health Hemp Holland

This is another hemp oil. As mentioned above, hemp oils are not to be confused with CBD oils. It’s extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, while CBD oil is extracted from the leaves, flowers, and steams. 

Hemp oils are mainly used to treat skin problems like acne and visible signs of aging. A lot of folks combine them with their sunscreens and moisturizers to get evenly toned clear skin. Hemp has anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce the appearance of spots. 

This is also a great starter oil for those who only looking to get their feet wet in the wonderful pool of CBD products. 

CBD oil UK: final thoughts and takeaway

There you have it, our top picks for the best CBD oils to buy in the UK.

As a friendly reminder, its best to work your way up if you’re unsure about dosing. Start with a lower potencies and check if it relieves your symptoms. There is some trial and error involved in this. But when you find that sweet spot, you’ll soon realize that CBD oils may work wonders on your physical and mental health.

If you're looking for the best and most reliable CBD oils and CBD creams in the UK, look no further than Blessed CBD.

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