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ATOCP committee

Details of the current National Committee of ATOCP.

Chair  Anthony Gilbert
Vice Chair (Networks, Sponsorship, Engagement) Julie Blackburn
Vice Chair (Research, Communication, Education) Jonathan Room
Secretary  Emily Berrisford
Membership Secretary 

Georgina Hooper

Treasurer Katrina Mitchell
Stakeholder Lead

Jacqueline Claydon

Sponsorship Lead  Gareth Boyden
Elective Lead Rosalind Moss
Trauma Lead  Jocelyn Hopkins 
Education Lead Mark Williams 
Education Lead Justine Theaker 
Research Lead  David Keene
Research Lead Rebecca Kearney
Communication Lead  Jonathan Room 
Communication Lead Ash Shattock
Newsletter Lead Victoria Crawford
Newsletter Lead  Victoria Smith 
Associate Member Rachel Martin
Associate Member Lucy Silvester
Associate Member  Mairi Forsyth
Associate Member Annie Karim 
Associate Member Abbie Hall 

Associate Member

Becky Fox 

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Rachel Martin

  • File 163580Rachel has been an active member of the ATOCP committee for seven years.
  • She has worked in musculokeletal and orthopaedic field for over 10 years now with a particular passion for trauma.
  • Rachel is currently an Orthopaedic Therapy Team Lead at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and also works as an Orthopaedic Practitioner in Fracture Clinic.
  • Rachel has enjoyed being involved in many service development projects including the introduction of a ‘Home Therapy’ scheme for patients awaiting ankle fracture fixation surgery and also setting up an Orthopaedic Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Service. 
  • Rachel also instigated training and development of competencies to enable physiotherapists to take on the orthotist role on the wards fitting spinal braces and cosequently reduced length of stay for spinal fractures patients.
  • She has experience in research being involved in the MINT and AIM trials and has also published in the speciality. She has recently taken on the role as Lead Research Physiotherapist for ART (Ankle Recovery Trial), a multicentre RCT randomising patients into Aircast boot or plaster following ankle ORIF.
  • Rachel organises and runs regular orthopaedic courses in the South and has also presented at a range of courses and national conferences.

Anthony Gilbert

  • File 163582Anthony has been a member of the ATOCP executive committee since 2012 and took on the role of Chair in 2017.
  • He has worked at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) since 2011 and has developed a passion within the field of Orthopaedic Rehabilitation.
  • Anthony has recently completed the NIHR Masters in Clinical Research at the University of Southampton where his research project looked at the acceptability of SKYPE consultations for patients and clinicians within a multi-directional shoulder instability setting.
  • Anthony’s currently at the RNOH as the Therapies Research Coordinator, split with his clinical role in the Joint Reconstruction Unit’s residential Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Service where he works with patients suffering from complex lower limb problems.

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Julie Blackburn

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  • Clinical lead for Orthopaedics & Trauma, Warrington and Halton NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire.
  • Has been a Physiotherapist for 10 years and an AOCP member for 2 years.
  • Currently studying for Msc in Physiotherapy and would like to do a PHD.
  • Currently a student education co-ordinator for her trust with an interest in student education and training.
  • Julie was a physiotherapist as part of the medical team at the football events at 2012 Olympic games.
  • Currently involved in new NOF enhanced recovery project at my trust, from which our trauma team have been nominated for 2015 Patient safety award.
  • As a new of committee Julie looks forward to raising the awareness of the AOCP and keeping members up to date with current issues. 

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David Keene

  • File 163650David is a post-doctoral research physiotherapist at the University of Oxford, working with the Oxford Trauma research group and the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford. 
  • He is currently investigating physiotherapy for people aged 50 years and over after ankle fracture as part of a NHIR Postdoctoral Fellowship. 
  • David is an investigator on the Ankle Injury Management (AIM) trial, PATH-2 trial, SPRAINED study, and GRASP trial.


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Annie Karim

  • File 163660Annie has worked at the private Princess Grace Hospital in central London since 2003. 
  • Until 2013 she was the physiotherapy manager and for the past two years has managed the clinical services at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health, a partnership with UCLH NHS Trust and HCA International and a direct legacy project from the 2012 Olympics.
  • Prior to working in the private sector, Annie worked at the Middlesex and UCLH hospitals, as senior I in orthopaedics and amputees and then in post of Inpatient Superintendent Physiotherapist.
  • After joining the ATOCP executive committee in 1997, Annie has been in the roles of of Vice-Chair, Chair, Newsletter and sponsorship rep.
  • Annie was involved in CSP Congress for several years, running MSK programmes on behalf of the ATOCP and more recently leading on the MSK Strand.

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Ash Shattock

  • File 163662Ash is currently working in private practice having worked in the NHS for 22 years, including a 5-year stint at the RNOHT.
  • Has been on the executive committee for 18 years.  
  • Ash has a special interest in post-operative rehab and in the upper quadrant and has been in involved in many audit projects, most recently setting up a post op shoulder class. 

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Victoria Smith

  • File 163702Currently Physiotherapy Operational Lead in Musculoskeletal Services at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Prior to this Victoria worked in Orthopaedics as an Elective and Trauma Team lead within the same trust. At present the other half of her work is undertaking an NIHR MSc in Clinical Research (Leadership) at Newcastle University.
  • As a new member of the committee Victoria is passionate about re-establishing the north-east ATOCP network and raising the profile of the group.

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Victoria Crawford

  • Senior Physiotherapist with a wealth of experience in orthopaedics and limb reconstruction with particular interest in the application of circular frame external fixators for acute fracture stabilisation or more chronic deformity correction and lengthening.
  • Currently working at Kings College Hospital seeing a varied caseload of both trauma and elective patients during clinic, on the wards and in an out-patient setting. 
  • Victoria is involved in a project to support the introduction of a limb reconstruction trained physiotherapist into Gaza and also co-authoring a paper into the effects of mental health and smoking in chronic conditions. 
  • Outside of work Victoria has a keen interest in all sports related activities and recently undertook a BASI level 1 qualification to become an adaptive ski instructor so if you want to chat about skiing, orthopaedics or even the Olympics, please get in touch.

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Jocelyn Hopkins

  • File 169566Has been a Physiotherapist for 10 years and an ATOCP member for 1 year.
  • Currently studying for a MSc in Advanced Practice. One aspect of the course is Non-Medical Prescribing and her final project will be within fractured NOF rehabilitation.
  • Works at Weston Area Health Trust as an Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioner. Involved in hip fracture care facilitation/pathway development and fracture clinics. Research lead within the Young Adult Hip service at her hospital.
  • Involved with long-term arthroplasty surveillance care and is a member of Arthroplasty Care Practitioner's Association (ACPA).
  • As a new member of the committee Jocelyn hopes to raise the awareness of the AOCP and plans to set up a South West branch. If anyone from this area is interested in getting involved, please get in touch with Jocelyn via the ATOCP.

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Katrina Mitchell

  • File 169568Currently a  Physiotherapy Clinical Lead for Orthopaedics at Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust, Basingstoke Hospital.
  • Previously a band 6 in Trauma and Orthopaedics at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Foundation Trust for 11 years and started her career as a junior at Southampton Hospital University trust.
  • Comoleted her MSc in Musculoskeletal Science with University College of London in 2016 and is interested in being part of further research. Recently is involved in the ART trial with Poole.  She has been involved in a systematic review with Andy Goldberg and this was published Jan 2017.
  • Katrina is an active member of her hospitals neck of femur steering group and is assisting with service development with audits projects.
  • Katrina has taken on the role as treasurer of the ATOCP in 2017 And continues to provide information to the physiotherapy students.

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Gareth Boyden

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Rebecca Kearney

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  • Currently a post-doctoral clinical academic with a 50/50 job split between Warwick Clinical Trials Unit and as an extended scope practitioner at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire fracture clinic.
  • MSc Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery (2007-2009)
  • Arthritis Research UK Fellowship to complete a PhD (2009-2012)
  • Scholarship with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2010-2011)
  • NIHR Clinical Lectureship (2013-2017)
  • Chief Investigator for ATM (Achilles Tendinopathy Management) multicentre RCT, funded by Arthritis Research UK.
  • Chief Investigator for AIR (Ankle Injury Rehabilitation) a feasibility RCT, funded by NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.
  • Co-applicant for STAR (Study of Torn tendo Achilles Rehabilitation), multicentre RCT, funded NIHR HTA.

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Jonathan Room

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  • Currently works as a research, MSK and orthopaedic physiotherapist at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre for Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT and Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), Oxford University
  • PhD student with the Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS) groups at Oxford Brookes University, investigating exercise adherence interventions and behaviour change in older people
  • Previous work experience include MSK outpatients, hand, haemophilia and orthopaedic inpatients

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