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The Committee

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: Lou Tisdale

Lou 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 / Kimberley Fairer

Midhat has worked with amputees since 2017 on both trauma units and P&O clinics in Karachi, Pakistan. She came to the UK on Annemarie scholarship for women in 2019 to attend the MSc course at the University of Southampton. She developed her interest in global health and P&O service provision in LMICs while studying abroad. Currently, she is working in collaboration with an international affiliation to bring mobile P&O clinics to Pakistan. She aspires to bring sustainable prosthetic services and equal access to them in south Asian countries.

As an education officers Midhat and Kim will be BACPAR's link with the  amputee masters course at the University of Southampton, of which BACPAR is an initiating stakeholder. They will also responsible to update the pre-registration physiotherapy education guidelines and liaise with external groups on teaching events and materials relating to amputee rehabilitation.

Kimberley qualified in 2015 and started her career working in Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. In 2017, she moved to the John Radcliffe, Oxford University Hospitals, where she is now the Team Lead Physiotherapist for Vascular & Emergency Surgery. She is also currently undertaking an MSc in Amputation & Prosthetic rehabilitation at the University of Southampton.

Kimberley has previously been a CSP steward and has an interest in research, development and education of students and colleagues. Mostly in all things vascular, pre-habilitation, health education & prevention. The main focus of her work and development is in acute vascular surgery, including developing wider roles of therapists in the MDT. 

Secretary: Jude Douch

Jude qualified in 1993. Following a few years working in different areas she specialised within the rehabilitation of the older patient in 2001. This post also involved a rehabilitation pathway working with patients following lower limb amputation from post surgery through to prosthetic management. During this time she was a member of BACPAR and AGILE regional representative.

She moved from Devon in 2014 and spent a short time in Community Rehabilitation before focusing on prosthetic rehabilitation. She started working in the post in the Specialist Mobility Centre in Stoke on Trent in March 2018. This is a post she had been always keen to secure so is very happy in this role!

Membership Secretary: Lynsey Matthews

Lynsey has been working as a Physiotherapist since 2003.

Initially, Lynsey worked in the specialist field of neuro rehabilitation. She then moved into the specialism of prosthetic rehab, bringing with her, skills in normal movement and a hands-on treatment approach. Lynsey is based at Portsmouth Enablement Centre, where she works part time as a Senior Physiotherapist.

Lynsey is passionate about her role and enjoys following patients through the whole rehab pathway. She also has a special interest in pain management.

Lynsey is a Mother of 3 young children, spending her spare time enjoying the outdoors with her family.

Journal Officers: Mary Jane Cole / Sue Lein

Mary Jane Cole

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.

For any queries about the journal or to submit content please email me at: bacparjournal@gmail.com

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 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.

Social Media Officer: Adam El-Sayed

Adam graduated with an MSc in Physiotherapy from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh in 2015. That same year, Adam commenced his service within the NHS as a junior rotational physiotherapist. Coincidentally, his first rotation was within the field of prosthetics and amputation rehabilitation, working at the state-of-the-art Specialised Ability Centre in Manchester, where to this day Adam continues to work as a specialist physiotherapist in prosthetics and amputation rehabilitation.

Public Relations Officer: Hayley Crane

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.