Details of the current National Committee of BACPAR.
|Vice Chair||Lou Tisdale|
|Education Officer/SPARG Liaison Officer||Midhat Adnan / Kim Fairer|
|Membership Secretary||Lynsey Matthews|
|Journal Officer||Mary Jane Cole / Sue Lein|
|Public Relations Officer||Hayley Crane|
|Research Officer||Fiona Davie-Smith / Chantel Ostler|
|Guidelines Co-ordinator||Rachel Humpherson|
|Social Media Officer||Adam El-Sayed|
Chair Julia Earle
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.
Vice Chair Louise Tisdale
Lou 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 is also West Midlands regional rep.
Education Officers: Midhat Adnan / Kim Fairer
Secretary Jude Douch
Membership Secretary Lynsey Matthews
Journal Officers Mary Jane Cole / Sue Lein
Mary 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.
Sue Lein also holds the Treasurer post - see below for Bio.
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Treasurer Sue Lein
Sue 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.
Research Officers Fiona Davie-Smith / Chantel Ostler
Fiona 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 research associate.
Chantel has worked with amputees since 2002 on both acute vascular units and within specialist prosthetic services. She is currently the lead physiotherapist at the Portsmouth Enablement Centre. Chantel undertook her MSc in 2005 at the University of Southampton and this sparked an interest in research. In 2011 she split her clinical role and also worked as a research physiotherapist for Solent NHS trust rising to the position of Head of Research. In 2019 she embarked on a clinical academic role with the University of Southampton as part of a team exploring global challenges for prosthetics in Cambodia. She currently works two days a week in clinical practice and two days in academia promoting real world research and patient involvement.
Guidelines Co-ordinator Rachel Humpherson
Rachel qualified as a Physiotherapist from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011, and has worked full time in amputee rehab since 2013. Having developed a keen interest for amputee rehabilitation straight away, she continued to gain experience in this area whilst working in the community, hospital and private clinics.
Rachel began working at the SMRC Preston in 2013, in a new role of Sports Physiotherapist in Amputee Rehabilitation. This involved a mixed caseload of NHS and Military Veteran amputee outpatients, providing experience of treating patients with a wide variety of Microprocessor Knees. The role also involved treating MSK issues in amputee patients, as well as an emphasis on getting amputees to engage with Physical activity and Exercise, treating both upper and lower limb patients. During this time she held the role of BACPAR North West regional rep for several years, created the initial publication of “So your Patient has an Amputation” and was part of the organising committee for several BACPAR Annual National Conferences.
Rachel has been working at Össur since 2017, and is the Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist for the North Europe Regional Academy. Her role involves training Physiotherapists in North Europe on using Össur products with patients and developing resources for both lower and upper limb amputations. Rachel has delivered seminars both in the UK and internationally, and organised a joint study day with BACPAR in 2017 with Bob Gailey as keynote speaker.
iCSP Champion / Social Media Officer Adam El-Sayed
Public Relations Officer Hayley Crane
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. Hayley worked in the vascular and amputee department in Hull for nearly two years before starting her PhD in amputee rehabilitation at Hull York Medical School in 2018.