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The Orthopaedic Institute Limited -  Founded in 1971

Registered Charity No: 1044906

To view a full copy of the 2018-19 Annual Report please click here


The Orthopaedic Institute Limited founded in 1971 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

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.


I am sad to report the untimely death of Prof James Richardson, a Director of the Institute since 1994. James was a fount of knowledge, enthusiasm and ideas, a leader in British orthopaedics and a pioneer in the application of cell therapies to clinical practice. We miss him not only for his professional contribution but also for the friendship and encouragement he shared with all colleagues.

There were no other changes in the Board of Directors during the current year.

The financial standing of the Institute remains sound and we are indebted to our treasurer Louise Osseleton and bookkeeper Fiona Bain for their careful management of our resources.

Institute Administrator and Course Organiser Alison Whitelaw retired in July 2017 after 13 years with us. Under Alison’s care the number of courses and their reputation increased, a tribute to her hardwork, organisation and diplomacy. Alison provided excellent administrative support to three Chairmen, and she left with the thanks of us all for the great contribution she made to the Institute. Sian Jones has joined us as Course Organiser and has certainly hit the ground running, increasing the number of courses and working with our clinical  colleagues to secure the continued development of our flagship courses. Judy Harris from the department of Post-Graduate Studies in the hospital has taken the role of part-time Administrator and her knowledge of the Institute and our members has allowed a smooth transition, I am grateful to her for that.  Debra Alexander continues to perform well in her role as Fundraiser and is increasing the profile of the Institute.


The Research Panel under the leadership of Mr Andrew Clarke continues to perform its duty of providing peer review for projects submitted for funding and monitoring their progress. Of the 39 projects supported by the Institute this year, 10 were successfully completed and six new projects have been approved for funding. The range of research is impressive ranging from clinical trials in common orthopaedic problems to molecular biology approaches to less common forms of muscular dystrophy, from radiological studies on patients with back pain to gait analysis in children with cerebral palsy. The unifying factors are that they are all well designed studies on conditions affecting patients attending our hospital.

Research Day held on 27th April in tandem with the Specialist Orthopaedic Registrars was a stimulating day and our thanks go to all who contributed.  


The Institute has convened 23 courses in the review period and we are grateful to the convenors and faculty of each for the work they put in.

Our flagship courses, the Clinical Examination and Viva Courses, have earned world-class reputations and delegates consider them to be the ‘best of their kind’ and new delegates clamour to book, indeed we have a full paid-up list of delegates for both October 2018 and January 2019, both with reserve lists.

The reputation of the courses has been built on the participation of a huge variety of model patients and the commitment of the highest quality Lecturers and Examiners and we are grateful to all involved.


With an ever decreasing amount of charitable funds available we are extremely grateful to all our sponsors including Grant Giving Charities, Corporate Companies and Individuals for their kind and generous contributions to the Orthopaedic Institute.  This allows us to continue to support the vital Research and Training here at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.

In conclusion

This report gives a flavour of the innovation and precision 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 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.

Registered Charity Number: 1044906

  Orthopaedic InstituteData Protection Policy

The Orthopaedic Institute Ltd are committed to protecting your personal information and being transparent about what we do with it. We only use your personal information in accordance with all applicable laws concerning the protection of data, and will not do anything with your information you wouldn’t reasonably expect.

This Policy explains:  

  • how the Orthopaedic Institute Ltd may obtain your personal information
  • what information we collect
  • how we will use that information
  • who we share your information with
  • your choices regarding your information we hold

 This policy is written in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 25th May 2018.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact Debra Alexander, Orthopaedic Institute Ltd, The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG. 

How do we obtain your personal information?

We collect information in the following ways:

When you give it to us directly

You may give us your information in order to sign up for one of our events or training courses, when you contact us to ask about our fundraising activities, make a donation to us, fundraise on our behalf, or otherwise give us your personal information.

When your information is available publicly or from other external sources

We may combine information that we already have about you with information available publicly or information available from external sources in order to improve our fundraising methods, and services. Such information could be for example, socio-demographic and lifestyle information and information about previous donations you have made.

The information we get from other external sources may depend on your own privacy settings or the responses you give, so you should regularly check them. For example, you may have provided permission for a company or other organisation to share your data with third parties including charities. This could be when you buy a product or service, register for an online competition or sign up with a comparison site.

Depending on your settings or the privacy policies for social media and messaging services like Facebook, WhatsApp or Twitter, you might give us permission to access information from those accounts or services.

We may also obtain information about you where it is publicly available and found in places such as Companies House, Land Registry website and information that is published in articles and newspapers.

What information do we collect?

Personal information is any information that can be used to identify you. For example, it can include information such as your name, date of birth, email address, postal address and telephone number.

Data protection law recognises that certain categories of personal information are more sensitive. This is known as sensitive personal information and covers health information, racial or ethnic origin, religious beliefs or other beliefs of a similar nature, political opinion and trade union membership. We would only collect sensitive personal information where there is a clear need to do so, such as participation in an event, to ascertain what services are relevant to you or to cater other services and support to you. An example would be; special dietary requirements. Before collecting any sensitive personal information about you we will make it clear to you what information we are collecting and the purposes for collecting such.

Deleting your details

We will delete personal details when you request us to do so.  All handwritten or printed items will be destroyed by shredding and electronic information permanently deleted.

How do we use your information?

How we use your information would largely depend on why you are providing it. We may use your information in the ways set out below.

  • We use your information to keep a record of your relationship with us and for internal administrative purposes
  • We use your personal information to claim Gift Aid on your donations.
  • We use personal data to carry out statistical analysis and research in order to help us to understand how we are performing and how we can improve our services and meet the needs of the research and training teams.

Direct marketing 

With your consent, we may use your information to send you communications about our performance as a charity and how you may help us to achieve our goals, for example, information about our campaigns and fundraising activities and how you can donate to us.  And as applicable, details of our training and course information.

You can let us know if you would prefer not to receive these communications at any time by emailing enquiries@orthopaedic-institute.org or writing to Debra Alexander, Orthopaedic Institute Ltd, The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG. 

Who do we share your information with?

We will not sell your details to any third parties, but we do share basic information with the hospital with whom we work in partnership to deliver services and comply with safety requirements.

We may also share information with our financial and legal advisers for the purposes of obtaining advice and protecting our legal rights.

When we collect your personal information we use strict procedures and security features to prevent unauthorised access. However, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. As a result, while we try to protect your personal information, the Orthopaedic Institute Ltd cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk.


The Orthopaedic Institute Ltd website may include links to other sites, not owned or managed by us. We cannot be held responsible for the privacy of information collected by websites not managed by us.

If you’re 16 or under

If you’re aged 16 or under, you must get your parent/guardian’s permission before you provide any personal information on our websites.

Your Choice - Maintaining your personal information

You can request the details of any information we hold about you by emailing enquiries@orthopaedic-institute.org or writing to Debra Alexander at the Orthopaedic Institute Ltd, The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG.

Equally, please let us know if you wish to update your personal information.

Under Article 17 of the GDPR individuals have the right to have personal data erased. This is also known as the ‘right to be forgotten’.  You may apply in writing to have your data erased and subject to any legal obligations your request will be managed within 28 days.

You can also let us know if you would no longer like to receive fundraising or training communications from us by emailing enquiries@orthopaedic-institute.org or writing to Debra Alexander, Orthopaedic Institute Ltd, The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG. 

Changes to this policy

We may change our privacy policy from time to time so please check back periodically.

This Privacy Policy was last updated June 2018.