FLP Alumni

See what former FLP participants are now doing and the projects they are involved in.

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Matthew Brown

Consultant Hand & Wrist Surgeon, Lothian Hand Unit, Edinburgh (NHS Lothian)

Matthew was appointed to Edinburgh’s orthoplastic hand unit at St John’s Hospital (NHS Lothian) as a Consultant Hand & Wrist Surgeon in March 2022. He is dual fellowship-trained and has completed both the British and European hand diplomas. He is passionate about surgical education, arthroscopic wrist surgery, widening participation in surgery.

  • Double hand diploma certified (British/BSSH and European/FESSH)
  • Dual orthoplastic hand & wrist fellowships (Edinburgh and Wrightington)
  • International travelling fellowships (BOA and BSSH travel awards): Institut de la Main (Paris), Institut Kaplan (Barcelona), Sykehuset Østfold (Oslo)
  • Past President, British Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association (BOTA)
  • Past President, Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Trainees’ committee
  • Specialist training: Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (Stanmore), NE Thames (London)
  • Medical school: Guy’s, King’s College & St Thomas’ Hospitals School of Medicine (London)

Current Positions

  • Consultant Hand & Wrist Surgeon, Lothian Hand Unit, Edinburgh (NHS Lothian)
  • Scientific committee: IFSSH/FESSH Congress 2022 (international hand surgery)
  • Chair, Young Hand Surgeons’ committee: IFSSH/FESSH Congress 2022
  • Executive Committee (IT Chair): International Wrist Arthroscopy Society (IWAS)
  • Digital committee: Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume)
  • Manuscript reviewer: Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume)
  • Online tutor: University of Edinburgh, ChM Trauma & Orthopaedics (hand module)
  • Scottish T&O ST1 National Selection interviewer (previously UK HEE T&O Selection Design Group, 2019/20)
  • Current focus – surgical education, arthroscopic wrist surgery, widening participation in surgery

Twitter @OrthoMattPod

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Edward Bayley

Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Edward did his higher surgical training in Trauma and Orthopaedics in the East Midlands North Deanery. Following that he went on to undertake fellowships in adult and paediatric spinal surgery in Leicester, Sheffield and Nottingham, with the latter being an RCS Approved Training Fellowship. He was appointed as a substantive consultant in June 2019.

  • GMC recognised Clinical and Educational Supervisor
  • Spinal Fellowship trained
  • BASS Travelling Fellowship 2019
  • Undertook BOA FLP programme 2019 – 2020

Current position – Consultant Spinal Surgeon Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Audit and governance Lead SCH Spinal Team
  • British Scoliosis Society Representative to the Spinal TIG

James Childs

Orthopaedic Surgeon at Royal Bolton Hospital

Throughout his training in the North West James was interested in Leadership, holding positions such as Mess President and Deanery Trainee Representative. He has been  involved with surgical education since qualifying as a Doctor and was a founding member of the North West Orthopaedic Research Collaborative. After becoming a substantive Consultant at Royal Bolton Hospital in 2019, James undertook the Future Leaders Programme (FLP) in 2020-2021. 

James' main project for the FLP was to redesign the surgical pathway from first clinic appointment to discharge for lower limb arthroplasty patients. The process is making good, albeit slow, progress.

Current Positions

  • Clinical Lead for Theatres
  • Trauma Lead
  • Restarting Elective Care (Clinical Reference Group, Royal Bolton Lead)
  • Health Education England ARCP Support for North West England
  • Clinical Lead for New Theatre Complex Build
  • Enhanced Recovery Lead
  • LNC Representative 
  • Nurse Prescriber Supervisor

Andrew Dekker

Consultant in Upper Limb & Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Andrew graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2008 and completed orthopaedic specialty training in the East Midlands attaining CCT.

He completed fellowships in Coventry and Derby in Upper Limb Surgery.

He isommitted to quality improvement having completed FLP 2019-2020.

His research portfolio includes 14 peer reviewed publications and 21 presentations at national/international level.

He is curently a Locum Consultant in Upper Limb & Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust since November 2021.

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Ashtin Doorgakant

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Ashtin graduated from Newcastle University in 2003. After his core surgical training, he took 2 years out to work as a volunteer with VSO in Malawi, and still maintains a close link with the orthopaedic community out there. Upon his return, he completed my surgical training in the Mersey region. He undertook a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield and joined Warrington as a consultant in 2019. His specialty is Orthopaedic Trauma, Foot and Ankle, Diabetic Foot Surgery.

Additional roles include:

  • Audit and governance lead for trauma and orthopaedic department.
  • Educational supervisor for medical students and junior doctors.
  • Coordinator for bi-monthly departmental journal club.
  • Ashtin is actively involved in research and quality improvement and, to date, has over 20 peer reviewed publications, 2 book chapters and 1 book to his name.
  • Ashtin was selected for the Future Leaders Programme run by the BOA, which he completed in 2020.
  • He is a member of the British Orthopaedic Association, the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and World Orthopaedic Concern. He also leads outreach surgical visits to Malawi with charity Feet First.

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Sarah Eastwood

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

Sarah is a consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery with a sub-specialty interest in primary and revision hip surgery.  She currently works in a DGH and is soon to take up a post in an MTC.  Sarah participated in the BOA FLP 2020/21 whilst undertaking her post-CCT Fellowship in Glasgow. 

  • Previous member of OrthNorth Teaching and Education Association (ONTEA) responsible for co-ordinating the delivery of T&O Higher Specialty training teaching within HEE NE.
  • A member of British Hip Society Culture and Diversity committee since 2020.
  • Co-leader in the development of British Hip Society Mentorship Scheme in 2021 with continued input into this scheme. 
  • An assistant Guide Guider within Girlguiding UK, leading weekly meetings and activities for girls aged between 10 and 14 years of age.

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Tom Kurien

Exeter Knee Reconstruction Unit Fellow, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust

Tom qualified from the University of Nottingham with degrees in Medical Science (BMedSci) and Medicine (BMBS). He was selected for an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Orthopaedics where he worked in the Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) Pain Centre Nottingham as a fellow. During this period he was awarded the BASK/DePuy Research Fellowship and a prestigious Medical Research Council/ Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Clinical Research Training Fellowship to undertake a PhD researching ‘The Central and Peripheral Drivers of Knee Osteoarthritis Pain that Influence Outcomes after Total Knee Arthroplasty using Functional Brain MRI’. During this 3 year period he undertook training in Denmark, Germany and the USA.

He is currently the knee fellow at the Exeter Knee Reconstruction Unit and has completed the Derby Sports Knee Fellowship.

Awards

  • Medical Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellow 2014-2017
  • BASK/DePuy Research Fellow 2014
  • BASK Presidential Medal Winner 2019
  • New Investigator Recognition Award Winner – Orthopaedic Research Society (USA) 2018
  • Bone and Joint Research/British Orthopaedic Research Society Travelling Fellow 2018
  • BOA Future leaders Programme 2020-2021

BOA Future Leaders Programme QI Project

Tom assessed the current referral pathways for unicompartmental knee surgery in Derby and examined whether MRI imaging can be helpful in offering surgery for those patients with significant cartilage wear visualised on MRI but not on conventional radiographs.

Future

Tom has recently been appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon and Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at Nottingham University Hospitals and The University of Nottingham and will start this position in Summer 2022.

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @kurientom

Ling Hong Lee

Paediatric Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Lee Hong Lee joined Foundation training in the UK after completing undergraduate studies in Malaysia and Canada. His journey then took him to the North East of England where he completed T&O training followed by paediatric fellowships in Southampton and Phnom Penh. During training, he was most proud of getting support from his peers in eight hospitals to complete a prospective regional collaborative trainee project. 

What did Ling appreciate most from the BOA FLP - Being comfortable with your own leadership personality and to walk with stakeholders towards your goals and celebrate each step.

Current position: Consultant in paediatric orthopaedic surgery and he is privileged to work together with his colleagues to provide care for the population of South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Current focus: Practice development

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Jeya Palan

Consultant Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Jeya is currently a consultant hip and knee arthroplasty surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He has a specialist interest in revision hip and knee arthroplasty, in particular periprosthetic joint infections and fractures. He is an honorary senior lecturer with a strong academic focus, having published extensively  in the field of hip and knee arthroplasty. He has previously been BOTA President, NJR fellow and an Editorial Board member at the Bone and Joint Journal. He undertook his specialist registrar trainingin T&O in the East Midlands (Leicester) deanery. He also has a keen interest in surgical education, having been a member of the first Selection Design Group for T&O ST3 National Selection (2012-2014). 

•    Fellowship trained in hip and knee arthroplasty (Nottingham and Coventry) and Sarcoma fellowship Oxford
•    Published over 40 papers in hip and knee arthroplasty
•    Research grants: £400,000

Current position:

  • Consultant hip and knee arthroplasty surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust/Chapel Allerton Hospital
  • Governance lead for Trauma and Orthopaedics LTH NHS Trust
  • ODEP Hip panel member
  • BASK Primary knee arthroplasty working group member
  • BHS Dual consultant and Mentorship working group member
  • Principal Investigator (PI) for several studies including POSt-Plus and ARK trials

Current focus:

  • Research into sensor technology in hip and knee arthroplasty, periprosthetic fractures and infections, role of endoprosthetic replacements.

QI project:

  • Developing revision hip arthroplasty networks as part of the BHS FLP 2021/22. 'Putting patients at the centre of revision hip networks'.

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Joanne Round

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton

Joanne has trained within the Wessex region and gained her CCT in Jan 2020.  She then went on to do her Fellowship in Limb Reconstruction at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. At this busy Major Trauma Centre she was involved in the treatment of major trauma and worked within the Orthoplastic team.  She now works at University Hospital Southampton in Trauma and Orthoplastics as a Locum Consultant.

Suddhajit (Jit) Sen

Consultant Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Surgeon, Raigmore Hospital, NHS Highlands

Jit is a fellowship trained Hand surgeon and a fellow of Faculty of Surgical Trainers in the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. His main career focus is on innovative use of augmented reality in surgical education and championing diversity-awareness in British Orthopaedics.

Previous positions:

  1. Specialty lead in Tr & Orth for SAS doctors, HEE North West
  2. SAS Tutor, Noble’s Hospital, Isle of Man
  3. Undergraduate education lead, Noble’s Hospital, Isle of Man
  4. Clinical and Educational supervisor in Foundation programme and MCh Orth programme.

Current roles:

  1. Consultant Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Surgeon in Raigmore Hospital, NHS Highlands; starting August 2022.
  2. JCIE panellist for MCQ writing for FRCS Tr & Orth.
  3. Honorary senior lecturer at Edge Hill University.
  4. Contributes to BSSH as a reviewer and a panellist.

QI Programme:

Introducing a lean and green ambulatory day case surgery unit in the Isle of Man for upper limb procedures.

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Damien Tucker

Upper Limb Fellow, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Australia

Having completed his undergraduate training in South Africa and his specialist training in the UK, Damien has had a well-rounded surgical education. Damien’s specialist orthopaedic interest is the Upper Limb having completed a fellowship in Perth, Australia. 

Future Leaders QI Project: Assessing the acceptance of a Virtual Fracture Clinic Model for the Paediatric Trauma Department in Bristol. Engaged with key stakeholders in the Department as well as ED and surrounding MIU’s to develop a referral system conducive to meet all parties needs. This project highlights the value of engaging with all stakeholders in a service and how data driven analysis of a problem is beneficial to start the conversation of change within health care.