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BACPAR committee- new Treasurer to be announced following 2017 AGM.

Details of the current National Committee of BACPAR.


Chair  Julia Earle
Vice Chair Lou Tisdale
Secretary  Amy Tinley

Sue Lein

Education Officer/SPARG Liaison Officer Mary Jane Cole
Membership Secretary Lynsey Matthews
Journal Officer Jodie Spyrou
Public Relations Officer Hayley Crane/Hannah Foulstone
Research Officer  Fiona Davie-Smith
Research Officer  Chantel Ostler
Guidelines Co-ordinator Sara Smith
iCSP Website Facilitator Rachel Malcolm

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Chair Julia Earle

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Julia has worked with amputees since 1995 initially on the acute vascular wards at Medway Maritime Hospital and now at Gillingham Disablement Services Centre which is the Regional Limb Fitting Centre for Kent. She now works with upper and lower limb amputees at all stages of rehabilitation and offers support and teaching to all members of the MDT throughout Kent. Within BACPAR she has held the posts of South Thames Regional Representative, Membership Secretary and Public Relations Officer.

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Vice Chair Louise Tisdale

File 118657Lou qualified in 1992. She worked at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust for 17 years where she was both amputee rehabilitation specialist Physiotherapist and Physio manager for T &O. Lou finds her musculoskeletal skills invaluable to her current post; Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist at the Maltings Mobility Centre in Wolverhampton which she moved to in 2009.  Since working at the Maltings Lou has also trained in acupuncture and has become the Kinetic Control Tutor for the course “Indentifying and Retraining Uncontrollable Movement in People with Amputations.” Lou has previously held the post of West Midlands regional rep and is currently in her fourth year of post as BACPAR chair.

Lou was selected as a paralympics torch bearer for the 2012 paralympics and was cheered on by her husband Cris and daughter Charlotte in the rain. She dreams of one day living in Italy so continues to develop her Italian language skills.

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Education Officer/ SPARG Liaison Officer Mary Jane Cole

File 118658Mary Jane has worked in amputee rehabilitation for many years. Most of her clinical experience has been at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, London. Her professional interests extend to the development of others through education and she currently combines clinical practice (a small honorary trust role and as an independent practitioner) with her role as Senior Lecturer at Kingston and St George’s, University of London. Mary Jane’s professional opportunities have included a spell working at the CSP, reporting on services (amputee) abroad and developing a new amputee specialist role within London. She has participated and presented on a range of courses and study days, national and international conferences. She has experienced some research and has published in the speciality. She enjoys being a member of BACPAR’s executive committee and has been Honorary Research Officer and Chair; at the moment she is BACPAR’s representative to SPARG (Scottish Physiotherapy Amputee Research Group), vice Chair and Honorary Education Officer.

Beyond work, her family, a little tennis and a passion for photography and for travelling in Italy occupy more of her time.

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Secretary Amy Tinley

File 139119Amy qualified with a 1st class Bsc in Physiotherapy from the University of Bradford in 2008.

Since qualifying Amy has had the opportunity to gain experience in a range of services across both Community and Acute providers in the Hull and East Yorkshire area.

Since working at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS trust (HEY) Amy has worked within acute vascular inpatient surgery and postoperative amputee rehabilitation as an active member of the MDT for this designated vascular centre.

Amy has had a keen interest in working with people with amputations since qualifying and will take over the role of Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist for Amputee Rehabilitation in January 2015. This is a diverse role covering all aspects of the rehabilitation pathway from pre-amputation consultation and assessment to prosthetic rehabilitation. This post also co-ordinates the service at HEY and acts as a resource to support the MDT’s both within HEY and to colleagues working in other Trusts in the locality.

Recently Amy has led a key impatient initiative to reduce the number of inpatient falls. As a result of this work Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals have adopted Amy’s proposals and will be rolling this out across all wards.

In Amy spare time she enjoys to walk her dog, Dolly and spend time with her friends and family.

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Treasurer Sue Lein

File 232303Sue qualified in 1983 and became the first physiotherapist at the Gillingham DSC when the prosthetic services came into the NHS in 1989. She was a founder member of BACPAR and worked in acute amputee care and at the DSC.  Her career later moved more into leadership in an acute hospital setting but she has kept close links with the DSC, its physiotherapy staff and the amputee rehabilitation specialty.

Sue retired from her management role in in 2017 and is currently volunteering with Citizens Advice.

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Membership Secretary Lynsey Matthews

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Journal Officer Jodie Spyrou

File 198093I have been working in amputee rehabilitation for 8 years and have experience working in a range of settings including; acute vascular and amputee surgical wards, an inpatient amputee rehabilitation unit and in the outpatient prosthetic centre setting. I am based in London at Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and currently i am the Clinical Lead at their inpatient Amputee Rehabilitation Unit (ARU).

I have previously held the position of South Thames Regional Rep for BACPAR, and in 2015 I took the role as Journal Officer. For any queries about the journal or to submit content please email me at:

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Research Officer Fiona Davie-Smith 

File 169938Fiona has worked with amputees full time since gaining her specialist post in 2004 within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. Fiona completed her MSc (Med Sci) at the University of Glasgow in 2012 writing her dissertation entitled “What are the key characteristics of an amputee population that influence outcome post amputation?”. This work led to the application and successfully gaining the Diabetes UK, Sir George Alberti fellowship which has allowed Fiona to work towards her PhD entitled “Rehab & functional outcome post amputation: the influence of diabetes”. Fiona is an active member of SPARG, co-authoring the reviewed SPARG Intermittent Claudication Guidelines and is on their executive committee as the resesarch associate. 

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Research officer Chantel Ostler

New appointment - Details to follow soon

Guidelines Co-ordinator Sara Smith

File 118666Sara has worked in amputee rehab since 1987 and is part of the team that co-ordinates the amputee course at Roehampton. She has been a regional rep for BACPAR and had previous experience with the guidelines as a critical appraiser and part of the Delphi process.

She enjoys all aspects of the collaborative nature of amputee rehab and is looking forward to working with the guidelines group to continue to develop useful tools for colleagues to use to help standardise and improve the quality of amputee management.  When not working she enjoys being in the great outdoors, running her Rainbow and Guide units and her feeble attempts at Triathlons!

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iCSP Facilitator Website Officer Rachel Malcolm

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I graduated as a Prosthetist/Orthotist in 2004 from Strathclyde University and spent a year in a temporary post in Dundee as a Prosthetist before moving to Wolverhampton where I have been working for the last 7 or so years. I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to work as part of the technical service team for the London 2012 Paralympics Games and am looking forward to continuing my adventures in Sochi in 2014, after that who knows!

Outside of work I am very involved in Girlguiding and am also an enthusiastic volunteer at a local falconry centre, working with all manner of birds of prey. I like to keep busy!

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Public Relations Officer Hayley Crane and Hannah Foulstone

Hayley graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013. During her time at university she was very involved in disability sports and helped to run sitting volleyball events around the country and other events in Sheffield to encourage young people with disabilities to get involved in sports. Her biggest achievement was working as an official at the London 2012 Paralympic Games for sitting volleyball. Since qualifying as a physio Hayley has completed her rotations in the community and acute settings. In January 2016 she moved to Hull for a static post on a vascular surgery ward and acts as a link between the amputees on the ward and the limb centre.

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