About Us


The Orthopaedic Institute Limited -  Founded in 1971

Registered Charity No: 1044906

The Orthopaedic Institute Ltd  is a registered national charity and, through voluntary contributions, helps to fund research in the specialist research centres and departments within the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Oswestry, Shropshire.  It also supports the funding of educational facilities and activities such as organising training courses for orthopaedic trainees and allied health professionals. (Please visit our fundraising page for more details).

The Executive Committee, under the Chairmanship of Dr Brian Ashton, decides the policy of the Institute and monitors its progress.  A Research Panel, under the Chairmanship of Mr Andrew Clarke, considers new research projects proposed by research staff and clinicians, and recommends to the Executive Committee, the projects to be funded from the income provided by grants and donations received.

The research referred to throughour this website has been undertaken by the Research Departments, Institute of Orthopaedics, the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt OrthopaedicHospital and the Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine of Keele University, which all work in close collaboration.

This includes research projects funded by the Orthopaedic Institute and projects for which funds have been obtained by the NHS Foundation Trust and external organisations.

Research staff employed on the projects are either supported by the Orthopaedic Institute or are working within Departments of the Hospital or the School of Postgraduate Medicine, Keele University.  Many programmes are interdisciplinary and involve staff from one or more departments.

The research work results in new and improved methods of treatment as well as additions to medical knowledge.  



It is pleasing to report continued progress in teaching and research with more courses being held and with many innovative projects being funded through us by external Trusts and Foundations. In this way we are able to promote the already excellent reputation of the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust and to consolidate its position as a centre of excellence.

It is also pleasing to see that many research initiatives instigated with the support of the Orthopaedic Institute are thriving and, now in their post-research phase, integrated into the core clinical work of the hospital.


The number of courses we run and the demand for places on those courses continues to grow and the Institute is grateful for the energy and commitment of our consultants who organise the stimulating programmes. The coordinating work carried out by Alison Whitelaw is central to the continuing expansion and success.   There were 19 courses organised during 2014-2015 with delegates attending from around the UK, Ireland and from abroad, including South Africa, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Abu-Dhabi and Hong Kong.  The FRCS (Tr &Orth) courses continue to be in great demand and the feedback received from delegates is always complimentary i.e. “ I would like to thank the entire faculty of the Oswestry courses for helping me succeed in the Exam”.   


The Research Panel under the leadership of Mr Andrew Clarke continues to perform its duty of providing peer review for projects submitted for funding. The competition for funding has been intense this year and the Panel has been impressed with the overall quality of the applications. The Orthopaedic Institute has been able to support 14 projects this year at a total cost of £310,300.  The average grant was £22,165 but support ranged from £1,610 for a small proof of concept project to £59,850 to provide a 3 year PhD studentship in cell therapies. Our thanks go to those trusts and foundations who have contributed towards these projects. 

A highly successful and stimulating Research Day was held on the 24th April 2015.  During the morning two parallel sessions were held with a clinical programme running in the Lecture Theatre, where the specialist registrars presented their topics and in the ARC seminar room a scientific session ran for the researchers to present their projects. The two sessions were then combined for the afternoon session with the last presentation at 5.15pm being a guest lecture by Brigadier Timothy Hodgetts, Medical Director, Defence Medical Services “From Battlefield to Birmingham: Military Lessons for Civilian Trauma Care”.   In the Conference Centre, the Research Posters were displayed along with a Trade Exhibition.   The Research Day concluded with the presentation of the following awards:

• The Professor’s Medal was awarded to Jonathan Stevenson, Specialist Orthopaedic Registrar

• Programme Director’s Trophy was awarded to Catriona Heaver, Specialist Orthopaedic Registrar

• The Best Science Presentation (The Golden Test Tube) was awarded to John Garcia, Spinal Studies Researcher

• Clinical Poster Prize was awarded to Rohit Dhawan, Specialist Orthopaedic Registrar

• Scientific Poster Prize to Claire Mennan, Spinal Studies Researcher

Fundraising and management

Last year we reported that the Orthopaedic Institute had embarked on improvements to our publicity and visibility. It took longer than anticipated to recruit the right person to lead this work, but we are delighted that Mrs Debbie Alexander joined us in October and that she has already made an impact.

There have been no changes to Board of Trustees this year and I thank my colleagues for the time and effort they have put in to the affairs of the charity.

The Orthopaedic Institute welcomed two new members to the Executive Committee, Mrs Jayne Downey, Director of Nursing and Mr Nigel Kiely, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.