This Committee deals with the professional issues that affect the Association and its members. It carefully considers issues that have a direct bearing on the daily practice of Prosthetists, Orthotists, Technicians and Assistants. The Professional Affairs Committee is responsible for the publication and development of our guidelines and ethical code. It is currently leading BAPO’s clinical treatment series, NICE consultations and outcome measures project.
Nicky has been working as an NHS orthotist since 2007, she is currently a Consultant orthotist and service manager at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, she is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies, Staffordshire University, with a keen interest in research. Nicky has published work in several internationally peer reviewed journals and completed her PhD in 2018.
Paul is full time practicing Orthotist. He also sits on the Research committee and Executive committee
Qualifying from the University of Strathclyde I started my orthotic career at NUH, a large in-house service that provides fast paced emergency orthotic care to the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre. After moving on to further my experience within the NHS, I developed in specialist roles within neurological rehab and spasticity management. Realising my passion for Neuro Rehab and MDT education, I joined the Ottobock Orthotic Academy in 2018 and now provide clinicians across the UK with education, training and product support.
Combining my love of sport with orthotics, I have been selected as one of six Orthotists to be part of the Ottobock technical services team during Tokyo 2021. I look forward to the challenge and supporting Paralympians from across the globe during these games.
Danielle Whittaker is a Student Prosthetist/Orthotist studying at the University of Salford. She has a specialist interest in Paediatric Orthotics and hopes to pursue this in her career. She is enjoying being part of BAPO’s Professional Affairs Committee and it helps her to understand the impact that BAPO can have.
I practice as an orthotist, specialising in paediatrics with John Florence Limited. Currently I work at centres including the Evelina London Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Trust. I joined the Professional Affairs Committee in 2014 and have since had the opportunity to be involved in several work streams. I was the project lead for Measuring Change, BAPO’s publication on outcome measures, which included a research survey and subsequent training courses. As part of the NICE subcommittee I have reviewed and commented on NICE guidelines and other consultation documents. I have also been involved with various events promoting careers in prosthetics and orthotics, most recently through the I See The Difference Campaign
Carolyn is a Clinical Orthotist and service manager at Dorset County Hospital, specialising in diabetes and the diabetic foot. She is also has a special in Public Health and Health Inequalities, sitting on Public Health England AHP Steering Board and locally is chair of the Dorset ICS AHP Public Health Strategy Group.
Michael is an Orthotist working at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Since graduating from the University of Salford in 2017, Michael has worked for the NHS and in the private sector. Michael’s main areas of interest are in lower limb biomechanics and paediatric neurological conditions
Claudia is a P&O student at the University of Strathclyde. She enjoys the connection engineering has with healthcare and hopes that her love for innovation and the healthcare sector can make a positive impact on those around her and those who need it most
Peter has practiced Orthotics after qualifying in 1988, was awarded an MSc in 1995 and a Professional Diploma in Marketing in 2014 Involved with BAPO from the outset his main interest now rests with developing the organisation to be a world class professional association, supporting those with clinical expertise in prosthetics and orthotics find a voice . Peter is currently Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee and sits on the Finance Committee. Peter is TayCare’s Director of Clinical and Commercial Services, has a regular clinic in Goole District Hospital and is seconded to BAPO one day per week. The secondment provides the time to represent BAPO at key meetings; including the Allied Health Professions Federation Policy Group
Katie graduated from Salford in 2014 and worked as an orthotist at Trulife after graduating in and around central London. She then spent time at Guys’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust as a senior orthotist and part-time in therapies directorate in a strategic role supporting AHP education. She graduated with an MSc in healthcare management from Anglia Ruskin University before taking the clinical lead role at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Her key area of interest is orthotic service design.
Salma is a clinical orthotist graduating from The University of Salford in 2018. Since then she started working at New Cross Orthotics Department in Wolverhampton where she has a keen interest in Diabetic foot health. She has sat on the Professional Affair Committee since 2021
After graduating from the University of Strathclyde, I have worked as a prosthetist in Leeds, Portsmouth and am now at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. I practice lower limb prosthetics, but have also held a national clinical development role. My interests also include prosthetics in the majority world and I am involved with various charities supplying prosthetic services within Africa and across the world.