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Scientific Committee

The aim of the Scientific Committee is to advance study & research in Foot & Ankle surgery.

Key activities of this committee include:

  • Supporting research through the awarding of grants.
  • Facilitating surveys of the BOFAS membership.
  • Abstract reviews for both the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) and BOFAS annual scientific meetings.
  • Award of prizes for the best podium and poster presentations at the annual scientific meeting.
  • Support in finishing scientific papers for publication.
  • Development of national practice guidelines.
  • Development of commissioning pathways.
  • Guidance in HRG coding.

Roland Russell - Chair Scientific Committee

Roland Russell is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford where he heads the foot and ankle unit and is clinical lead in orthopaedic research. He has established strong links with The Anglia Ruskin University where he is involved in ongoing foot and ankle research. Roland qualified at The London Hospital and trained on the North West Thames Rotation. He has undertaken both national and international foot and ankle fellowships and is a reviewer of the European Journal, Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Broomfield. Elected 11/17


Tim Clough - Scientific Committee Secretary

Tim Clough graduated from St Andrews, Scotland and Manchester in 1992, gained specialist training in Manchester before completing his Fellowship training in Canada.  He was appointed Consultant F+A surgeon at Wrightington Hospital in 2003.   He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford and is committed to both research and medical education, sitting on the R+D Committee of his NHS Trust, is regular Faculty member to Courses and Conferences, runs a F+A Cadaver workshop, lectures on the Biomechanics programme at the University of Dundee, is a member of the International Advisory Board for ‘The Foot’ and is a reviewer for the journal.   

Wrightington. Elected: 11/14


Mr James Ritchie - Co-opted Scientific Committee

Mr James Ritchie is a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon based in Tunbridge Wells and was appointed in 2005.  He trained in the SE Thames Region and has undertaken a Specialist Foot & Ankle Fellowship at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore.  He is committed to medical education and runs the South East Thames Foot and Ankle training programme and the Guy's Hospital Foot and Ankle Course .


Mr Dave Townshend

David Townshend graduated from Newcastle University and completed his surgical training in the Northern Region. He undertook a research fellowship in New Zealand and Foot and Ankle fellowship in Vancouver, Canada before taking a consultant post with the Northumbria NHS Healthcare Trust in 2010. Dave leads an active foot and ankle research team in Northumbria and is an MSc Supervisor for Bath and Dundee Universities.


Elected: 11/16


Jit Mangwani

Jitendra Mangwani is a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon at University Hospitals of Leicester.  He graduated in India and completed his higher surgical training in trauma and orthopaedics in London with a specialist fellowship in foot and ankle surgery.  He has a keen research interest.  He is committed to medical education and is regularly invited as a faculty to courses and conferences.  He runs both national and international foot and ankle surgery courses.

Leicester. Elected 11/17


Maneesh Bhatia

Mr Maneesh Bhatia is Consultant Orthopaedic, Foot & Ankle Surgeon at University Hospitals of Leicester.  He has done his Orthopaedics training in South East Thames & Fellowship in Foot & Ankle Surgery at Cambridge. He was awarded the European Travelling Foot & Ankle Fellowship to USA in 2009. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons. He is the editor of recently published book - An Orthopaedics guide for today’s GP. He has co- authored the chapter on Forefoot disorders in Oxford Textbook of Trauma & Orthopaedics. He has worked as chief or principal investigator for randomised controlled trials. His research interests include Achilles tendon problems, Morton’s neuroma, ankle arthritis and first ray surgery.

 


Steve Hepple - President

Steve Hepple graduated in 1991 at Sheffield University. He trained in Sheffield and Bristol undertaking fellowships in Brisbane and Dallas. His elective practice consists entirely of adult foot and ankle but he also undertakes  general trauma at the North Bristol Major Trauma Centre. He has specific interest in arthroscopic surgery and ankle replacements. He is a director of the sport & orthopaedic clinic in Bristol and clinical director for orthopaedics in North Bristol NHS Trust. He has served on the Education sub-committee before serving as Treasurer of BOFAS from 2009-15.  


Heath Taylor - Treasurer

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.

Elected Treasurer: Nov 2015


Robert Clayton - Media and Communications Officer

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


Tricia Allen - President Elect

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.


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