This committee deals with research activities within the Association, working to enable BAPO members to develop their own research interests and building partnerships with other research bodies. Its main aim is to help increase research capacity and capability within prosthetics and orthotics and enable BAPO members to develop and conduct clinically relevant research.
Miriam is a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham based within the Division of Rehabilitation, Ageing and Wellbeing. Miriam also practices as a Senior Orthotist at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust. She completed her Master’s in Public Health in 2015 and is currently undertaking a PhD as part of a Stroke Association Doctoral Fellowship exploring the delivery of orthotic intervention following stroke.
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 Associate Professor 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.
You can follow her work here: http://tiny.cc/NEddison
Qualifying with a Diploma in Orthotics from Salford in 1983 I have always been a clinician with an interest in research. This led to doing a Masters in 2008 whilst chairman of ISPO UK and invitations to be part of a number of European funded research projects. However, it was more recently, when trying to get funding to enter more formally into independent research that I understood the complexity of gaining funding and how the academic and research world functions. The difficulty I encountered in getting NIHR funding gave me the idea of creating a group to support other BAPO members to access a career in research and promote research by members of our profession.
I qualified as a Prosthetist/Orthotist BSc (hons) at the University of Salford in 2017 and recently completed a Masters by Research in Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering and Human Movement Science. The focus of my research is upper limb prosthetics, adolescents and sport. I am a member of The Salford Institute of Human Movement and Rehabilitation and am committed to developing as a clinical Prosthetist who undertakes research.
Florence graduated from the University of Salford and started her career as an Orthotist for Taycare Medical. Here, she worked in Derbyshire where she linked closely with the diabetic foot team and built a foundation in diabetic foot care. Her next role was for Sherwood Forest Hospitals where she ran a neuro-paediatric clinic alongside her general outpatient and acute practice.
Florence is passionate about empowering patients to independently manage their long-term health and mobility and minimise dependence on health services. This passion has recently led Florence to work towards an MSc in Physiotherapy, and she hopes to use her skills in both disciplines to achieve this.
Eileen is a senior research and audit lead orthotist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has a clinical focus in neuromuscular conditions and gait analysis, working as an affiliated orthotist with the Oxford Gait Laboratory. She developed her research career as an NIHR/HEE Pre-Doctoral Fellow, completing an MSc in Health Research Methods at the University of Exeter. She will be starting a further NIHR/HEE Doctoral Clinical Fellowship in September 2023 to develop a core outcome set for children’s elective lower limb orthopaedic surgery.
Tom graduated from The University of Salford as a Prosthetist/Orthotist in 2013 and began his career in London and the Southeast initially working for Halo Medical and subsequently working as an in-house NHS Orthotist with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. After 3 years in London, Tom joined the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry as a Senior Orthotist. Tom is passionate about the development of Prosthetics and Orthotics and in October 2022 he became Clinical Skills Teacher at the University of Salford to help train the future Prosthetists and Orthotists.