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Prizes for Presentations at Annual Scientific Meetings:
Abstracts can be viewed here

Nottingham 2019:


Klenerman Prize. £1000 D McCormack. The deep deltoid ligament and stability after ankle fracture: a cadaveric study

Other Podium prizes

1. £750. J Giddie. Charcot neuroarthropathy: surgical outcomes following hind and midfoot reconstruction. A minimum 12 month follow up from a tertiary hospital

2. £500. S Gandham. Fibular nails - Is this the answer to ankle fracture fixation?

3. £200. L Lambert. Lateral transligamentous approach to the talar dome

1stBOFAS International Podium Prize

£500 Michael Abramson. Our experience and results of talus replacements

Judges: Roland Russell, Tim Clough, Dave Townshend, James Ritchie, Raman Dega



1. £250. S Gandham. The posterior malleolus approaches clock: a method of guiding incision choice for fragment specific fixation

2. £150. J Giddie. Early experience of autologlous graft, hydroxyapatite & calcium sulphate antibiotic paste in revision hind-foot & ankle arthrodesis

3. £100. H Majeed. Long-term outcome of ankle replacements in patients with inflammatory joint disease and osteoarthritis: Is there a difference?

Judges: Tim Clough | Raman Dega



Edinburgh 2018:


Klenerman Prize –  £1000. Autologous matrix induced chondrogenesis (AMIC) aided reconstruction of osteochondral lesions oft he talus – Five year follow-up. M. Wiewiorski

Other podium prizes 

1. £750. W. Morley. Simulated weight reduction with an anti-gravity treadmill: a pilot study to assess pain reduction in foot & ankle arthritis

2. £500. D Winson. Do rugby boots with a bladed stud increase contact pressures through the fifth metatarsal compared to a round stud?

3. £200. D Keene. Platelet rich plasma for acute Achilles tendon rupture: Results of the PATH-2 study, a double blind multicentre randomised placebo-controlled trial

Judges: Roland Russell, Tim Clough, Dave Townshend, James Ritchie, Raman Dega


1. £250. P DeardenFORfoot: Forefoot offloading shoes vs rigid flat shoes in patients undergoing surgery of the first ray: A randomised controlled trial of clinical and radiological outcomes

2. £150. N Abdul. An investigation of the damage to flexor tendons incurred by different minimally invasive proximal phalangeal closing wedge osteotomy surgical techniques in cadaveric feet

3 £100. T Karim. Clinical and patient reported outcomes following low intensity pulsed ultrasound (Exogen) for established post-traumatic and post-surgical non-union in the foot and ankle. 

Judges: Jit Mangwani, Maneesh Bhatia



Sheffield 2017:

Klenerman Prize – A Miller £1000. Differential gene expression in ankle cartilage chondrocytes compared to knee: might this explain the difference in prevalence of osteoarthritis in these joints and identify a potential treatment target?


Podium presentation winners

1. (£1000, Chang Cheng prize). 

Silastic 1st metatarsal phalangeal joint replacement for the treatment of end stage hallux rigidus: analysis of a consecutive series of 108.  J. Ring1, T. Clough1 . 1Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Hospital Trust, Lancashire, United Kingdom 

2. (£500) 

Posterior malleolar ankle fractures - an effort in improving outcomes. E Swanton, J. Widnall1, J. Redfern1, J. Alsousou1, A. Molloy1,2, L. Mason1,2 . University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2Liverpool University, Liverpool, United Kingdom.


The Scottish Arthroplasty Project: outcomes of 601 total ankle replacements over a 20 year periodZ. Higgs1, C.S. Osam2, C. Watling2, P.J. Jenkins1, C.S. Kumar1 1Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Department of Orthopaedics, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2Information Services Division (ISD), NHS National Services Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom 

Judges:            Matt Solan, Roland Russell, Tim Clough, Robert Clayton

Poster presentation winners

1.    L Jayalilaka (£250). Fixation of ankle fractures: a major trauma centre’s experience in improving qualityAintree University Hospital Liverpool

2.    Z Higgs (£150). Partial excision of navicular and extended triple arthrodesis and bone grafting for Muller-Weiss disease. Glasgow Royal Infirmary

3.    B Kapur (£100). Preserving the diabetic foot - outcomes of diabetic foot ulceration and osteomyelitis treated with antibiotic loaded stimulantWirral University Teaching Hospital

Judges:            Dave Townshend, Steve Hepple


Bristol 2016:


1st (£1000) Chang Chen Prize
Functional outcomes of conservatively managed acute tendo Achillis ruptures
J.E. Lawrence1, P. Nasr1, D. Fountain2, L. Berman3, A. Robinson1 
1Addenbrooke's Hospital, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2Cambridge University, School for Clinical Medicine, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 3Addenbrooke's Hospital, Clinical Radiology, Cambridge, United Kingdom 

2nd (£500)
Early protected weight-bearing for acute ruptures of the Achilles tendon: do commonly used orthoses produce the required equinus?
P. Ellison1, L.W. Mason1, G. Williams1, A. Molloy1 
1University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, United Kingdom

3rd (£200)
The influence of gap distance on clinical outcome in acute tendo Achilles rupture treated with accelerated functional rehabilitation
A. Qureshi1, A. Gulati1, A. Shah1, J. Mangwani1 
1University Hospitals of Leicester, Musculoskeletal, Leicester, United Kingdom 


1st (£300)

Medial soft-tissue release for a lateralizing calcaneal osteotomy - a cadaveric study
K.K. Dash
1, I. Stavrakakis2, K. Shah1 
1Golden Jubiee Hospital, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2Crete General Hospital, Crete, Greece 

2nd (£200)
The role of the virtual fracture clinic in the management of foot and ankle fractures: a review of patient outcomes and satisfaction
D. Hawarden1, M. Boyle1, A. Robinson1, N. Vasukutty1, M. Ballal1, A. Pillai1 
1University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

3rd (£100)
Silastic arthroplasty versus 1st metatarsophalangeal joint arthrodesis: a prospective comparative series
S.E. Eastwood1, A. Kingman1, S. Asaad1, J. Coorsh1, R. Kakwani1, A.N. Murty1, D. Townshend1 

1Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom


Guildford 2015:

1st (£1000) Chang Chen Prize:
Development of an intraoperative radiographic measure to assess syndesmotic reduction in ankle fractures
C.L. Loizou1, A. Sudlow1, R. Collins1, D. Loveday1, G. Smith1 
1Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Norwich, United Kingdom 

2nd (£500):
Outcomes following surgical excision of interdigital Morton's neuroma: a prospective study
V. Bucknall1, D. Rutherford2, D. Macdonald2, H. Shalaby1, J. McKinley1, S. Breusch1 
1Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom 

3rd (£200):
Investigating patient reported outcomes and experience for first metatarsal scarf+/- akin osteotomy for hallux-valgus
K. Ahmad1, A. Pillai1, K. Somasundaram1, A. Fox1, N. Kurdy1 
1University Hospital of South Manchester, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Manchester, United Kingdom 

1st (£300):
The effect of active toe movement (AToM) on asymptomatic deep vein thrombosis in patients with acute foot and ankle injury treated with cast - a prospective randomised controlled trial
B. Hickey1, R. Alikhan1, A. Cleves1, N. Pugh1, L. Nokes2, A. Perera1 
1University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 2Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom 

2nd (£200):
Timely recognition and reduction of ankle fracture-dislocation may have an impact on mid-term patient reported outcomes
L. Wicks1, D. Richler-Potts2, A. Bowden2, D. Clarke1, J. Mangwani1 
1University Hospitals of Leicester, Orthopaedics, Leicester, United Kingdom, 2Leicester University, Medical School, Leicester, United Kingdom 

3rd (Cons):
The locked intramedullary fibula nail: a biomechanical cadaveric evaluation

G. Smith1, R. Wallace2, G. Findlater2, T. White3 
1Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Norwich, United Kingdom, 2Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 3Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom 


Brighton 2014:

Podium Presentations The judges were impressed by the breadth and depth of activity but a little disappointed by the scientific standard of the presentations.  It was thus decided not to award the Chang  Cheng this year but to offer first, second and three equal thirds.

1st (£1000):
Forefoot deformity in rheumatoid arthritis – a comparison of shod and non-shod populations.

Lyndon W. Mason

University Hospital Aintree, Foot and Ankle Unit, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Abhishek Hospital, Foot and Ankle Centre, Gujarat, India; Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, South Wales

2nd (£500):
Minimally invasive calcaneal osteotomy; a safe alternative to open calcaneal osteotomy with fewer complications.

Adrian Kendal 
Oxford University Hospital Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom

3rd (£200): 

Plantar plate imaging – correlating ultrasound arthrography and surgical findings.

Jonathan Viner, East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, Blackburn, UK.

Complication rates amongst 4 surgeons on a consecutive series of 202 total ankle replacements.

Sudheer Akkena, Wrightington Hospital, Wrightington Foot and Ankle Unit, Wigan, United Kingdom


The first 3-years of the national joint registry for ankles: patterns of uptake and compliance, and a comparison with that of hips, knees and shoulders.

Matthew Welck, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Park, United Kingdom, West Herts NHS Trust, Watford, United Kingdom, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, UK


Poster Presentations

1st (£0: Consultant)             

Is there a need for prophylactic antibiotics in lesser toe fusion surgery using K-wires? A prospective randomised controlled trial.

Jitendra MangwaniGreat Western Hospital, Swindon, United Kingdom.

2nd (£300):     

Lower limb venous blood flow with ankle joint immobilisation. 

Jonathan D. Craik, Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Epsom, United Kingdom.


3rd (£200):                      

1ST MTPJ Arthrodesis using dome shaped reamers and low profile dorsal plate. 

Farhan Alvi, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Lancaster, United Kingdom


Belfast 2013:

Podium Presentations:

1st Chang Chen Prize (£1500):
A comparison of operative versus non-operative management of displaced intra-articular fractures of the os-calcis.
Ms T L Walker
Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton, UK

2nd (£750):
Analysis of current venous thromboembolism risk assessment tools in trauma patients treated with cast immobilisation

Mr U Watson

University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK

3rd (£500):

Zadek’s calcaneal osteotomy for insertional Achilles pathology
Ms N.K. Kelsall
Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, UK

Poster Presentations:

1st (£500):
The effect of different methods of stability assessment on the rate of fixation in SER2/4 ankle fractures
E.J. Dawe
Frimley Park Hospital, Camberley, UK

2nd (£300):
Fifth metatarsal fractures: is routine follow up necessary?
Ms K.B Ferguson
Glasgow Royal Infirmary, UK 

3rd (£200):
Using service line reporting software to evaluate income and cost of hallux valgus surgery in an NHS Hospital: coding is critical!

Mr M. Karski

Wrightington Hospital, Lancashire, UK


A Molloy, R Russell, W Harries.
Podium: M Solan, M Davies (Sheffield).

Sponsor: DJO.


Newport 2012:

Podium Presentations:

1st Chang Chen Prize (£3000):
Outcomes in total ankle replacement – a meta-analysis and systematic review.
Mr Razi Zaidi
IUCL, Stanmore, UK

2nd  (£1000):
The hallucal metatarso-sesamoid articulation – a three dimensional quantitive analysis.
Mr Bilal Jamal
Glasgow, UK

3rd (£500):
Patient-reported outcomes(MOxFQ) and satisfaction eight years following Hallux valgus surgery.
Mark Rogers
Oxford, UK

Poster Presentations:

1st (£500):
Recreating blast injuries to the foot and ankle complex.
Mr Arul Ramasamy
Imperial College, The Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies, London, UK

 2nd (£200):
Outcome of the primary closure of diabetic foot amputations.
Mr Naveed Shaikh
Cambridge, UK


Windsor 2011:

Podium Presentations:

1st Chang Chen Prize (£3000):
The Effect of Lower Limb Cast Immobilisation on Calf Pump Function.
Ben Hickey
University Hospital of Wales

2nd  (£1000):
Rehabilitation Following Total Ankle Replacement – Result of Radomised Control Trial.
Jayasree Ramaskandhan
Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne

3rd (£500):
Saphenous Nerve in Foot and Ankle Surgery.
Daniel Marsland
Royal Surrey Hospital

 Poster Presentations:

1st (£500):
Calcaneal Osteotomy – A Comparison of Different Fixation Methods.
A Abbassian
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

2nd (£200):
Return to Training and Playing Following Acute Lisfranc Injury in Elite Professional Soccer and Rugby Players.
Mr Deol
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

3rd (£100):
An Anatomical Study Comparing Two Surgical Approaches for Talonavicular Joint Fusion.
Z Higgs
Glasgow Royal Infirmary


Crewe 2006:

Podium Presentations:

1st Chang Chen Prize (£2000):
Compression staples, compression or distraction.
DJ Farr, A Katrim JD Calder
North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, Hampshire

2nd (£1000):
Controlled differential distraction in resistant relapsed & neglected club-feet.
A Mahendra, UK Jain, K Shah, M Khanna                                                   

3rd (£250):
The efficacy of combined ankle and popliteal blocks in forefoot surgery - A prospective randomised study.
R Samuel, A Sloan, Y Lodhi, M Aglan, A Zubairy  

Poster Presentations:                             

1st (£250):
Outcome measures in foot and ankle surgery, validating walking distances.
H Pullen, V Patil, A Gadgill, I Pallister, P Williams 

2nd (£100): (joint 2nd)
Hallux valgus surgery: common practices in the UK
PKR Mereddy
, S Hakkalamani, MS Hennessy                             

2nd (£100): (joint 2nd)
Do patients with planovalgus feet and midfoot arthritis have hypermobility of the first ray?
S Cowie, S Parsons, BE Scammell  


Oxford 2005:

Podium Presentations:

1st Chang Chen (£2000):
A medium term review of total ankle replacements.
R Ramiah, S Hepple, I Winson  

2nd (£1000):
Comparison of the biomechanical properties of mini compression screws.
C Nguyen, D Singh, M Harrison, G Blunn, I Dudkiewicz 

Poster Presentations:

1st (£200):
The use of dynamic ultrasound in the management of achilles tendon rupture.
R Kotnis, S Ostlere, K Willet   

2nd (£100):
The effect of a primary care musculoskeletal service on foot and ankle care.
P Watmough, N Roberts, R Freeman, J Lishman, J Barrie  

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

CBD products are making a lot of noise in the market, and it makes complete sense judging by the slew of health benefits that they bring. We’ve gathered the best CBD oils currently available in the UK market to help you narrow down your search.

What is CBD?

CBD or Cannabidiol is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant. We know what you’re thinking. How is this any different from marijuana? The answer is in their THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content. Weed contains a lot of THC, which is a psychoactive compound that gives the user mind-altering effects. CBD, on the other hand, cannot get you “high.” CBD is widely used for its pain relieving properties. It can be used to minimize the symptoms of conditions like epilepsy, anxiety, diabetes, cancers, among others. 

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. 

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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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