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The Orthopaedic Institute Limited -  Founded in 1971

Registered Charity No: 1044906


The Orthopaedic Institute Limited founded in 1971, (www.orthopaedic-institute.org)  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.

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 in this Annual Report has been undertaken by the Research Departments, Institute of Orthopaedics, the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital 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.  The Report provides a comprehensive account of orthopaedic research carried out over the past year at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (www.rjah.nhs.uk).

A summary of the Accounts of the Orthopaedic Institute has been provided at the end of the Report.  A full set of Finance Accounts is available upon request, please contact enquiries@orthopaedic-institute.org  


Chairman’s report

The Orthopaedic Institute has enjoyed another successful year fulfilling its objectives of supporting the research, teaching and learning in the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


There have been changes to the composition of our Board of Directors. Alan Bodicoat stepped down after seven years as our Treasurer, during which time he oversaw a modernization of our financial system. I should like to record my thanks, and that of all the other Directors, to Alan for his contribution to the Board. Louise Osseleton was elected to the Board in June, worked in tandem with Alan until his retirement in November, and has now assumed the role of Treasurer and I am pleased with the way she is operating with Fiona Bain, our book-keeper.

We welcome Richard Lumby, Colin Niblock and Prof Eustace Johnson who were recently co-opted to the board.

Alison Whitelaw continues to play a vital role, not only in the organisation of courses, but also anchoring our administrative base. Debra Alexander continues to excel in her role as fundraiser and has introduced a number of new initiatives as you will see below.

The Orthopaedic Institute welcomed seven new members to the Executive Committee:  Mr Paul Cool, Consultant Orthopaedic and Oncological Surgeon; Mrs Bev Tabernacle, Director of Nursing; Dr Shrawan Agrawal, Consultant Rheumatologist; Dr Naomi Winn, Consultant Radiologist; Dr Bernhard Tins, Consultant Radiologist; Dr James Pattison, Consultant Anaesthetist; Dr Richa Kulshrestha


The Orthopaedic Institute has funded 6 new research projects this year and I would like to thank the Research Panel for their work in reviewing the submissions. The Panel has been strengthened by the recruitment of Dr Robin Butler, a Consultant Rheumatologist to its number, and continues well under the chairmanship of Mr Andrew Clarke. The Institute is currently supporting 40 research projects with funding of £1.12 million, and we are pleased with the impact these projects are having on clinical practice and the science which underpins it.   We are most grateful to the organisations and the generous donations received from patients which have made it possible to fund the research projects.

Research Day was held on Friday 28th April 2017 in tandem with the Specialist Orthopaedic Registrars.   The Scientific and Clinical Posters were judged by a panel made up of Professor Eustace Johnson, Professor Andrew Metcalfe, Mr Peter Gallacher, Mr Richard Potter and Mr Marck van Liefland . 

The Research Day prize winners were:

Programme Director’s Prize and Clinical Poster Prize:  Mr Maulik Gandhi, Specialist Orthopaedic Registrar

Professor’s Medal:  Mr Peter Craig, Specialist Orthopaedic Registrar

Scientific Poster Prize:   Dr Jan Herman Kuiper, Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics

Golden Test Tube Prize:  Mr Neil Eisenstein, Specialist Orthopaedic Registrar

Our thanks go to all the contributors to this stimulating and successful day.

The Orthopaedic Institute has continued to support over 30 consultants, registrars, nurses, physiotherapists and academic staff with fellowships and conference fees for meetings in the UK and abroad, it has also supported visitors bringing their expertise to our research departments.


There was a record number of courses organised during 2016-2017, 26 in total with delegates attending from around the UK, Ireland and from abroad.   The number of courses we run and the demand for places on those courses in particular the FRCS (Tr & Orth) courses continues to grow and the Institute is grateful for the energy and commitment of our Consultants who organise the stimulating programmes, and to the Orthopaedic Specialist Registrars who help with the facilitating of the courses.


Debra Alexander has continued to work hard in raising both funds and the profile of the Orthopaedic Institute.  She has made excellent progress with the following successful fundraising activities:  The Snowpaedic Challenge; Dr Askari’s Jazz Evening (both events are being held again in 2017) and a Valentines Ball (hopefully another Ball will be arranged in 2018).   All the events were well organised and were thoroughly enjoyed by all. 

Additionally the Research Afternoon Event, which was held on the day before the Annual Research Day again this year, was also a great success.  Over 80 patients, donors and sixth form students were invited along to find out more about how the charitable funds are used and  to tour the research laboratories.  It was a perfect opportunity to thank them for their valued support.

Cheque Presentation

Dr Brian Ashton, Professor James Richardson accepting a cheque which was presented by Mrs Monica Topham and Mr John Ward, Trustees of the Estate of the late Mr and Mrs John Topham.   This generous donation will go towards the funding of knee cartilage research

In conclusion

This report gives a flavour of the originality and rigor of the research being carried out by the clinicians and scientists at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The Orthopaedic Institute does not commission new research, but provides the support sought by researchers to get projects started and through to proof of concept phase. We also play an important role in providing the technology to keep our researchers at the cutting edge

Please help us help them – together we have a great record of success.