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Speakers 2021

Find out more about our speakers presenting at the NOA Annual Conference 2021

Ruth is a Senior Improvement Advisor at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. A Nurse by background, Ruth combines her clinical experience with over 20 years working in Quality Improvement and Transformation. Inspired by social movement theory, her mission is to build a culture of continuous improvement through meaningful staff and patient co-production.


3:00-4:00pm Let’s talk about Patients! Co-production in practice, Syndicate Room 1

Mark has been a Lived Experience Partner with the NHS England and Improvement Experience of Care national team since June 2020 intensely working on various programmes and projects during COVID19. Coming from a background as a patient with persistent pain, Mark co-founded the CamPain patient led pain support group in Camden, London. He is also an appointed Community Member at North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and has wide range of experience as a patient representative in local systems.

Currently Mark is the Beneficial Changes Network patient / carer work stream patient partner and one of the Beneficial Changes Network Lived Experience Partners. Mark has a strong belief in amplifying the patient and carer voice and actively works to lessen health inequalities with his diverse peer support group and as a member of the NHS national musculoskeletal lived experience group #MSKLeg


2:30-3:00pm Lived Experience Ambassadors for the MSK Lived Experience Group, Theatre 2

Mr Ajuied specialises exclusively in Knee complaints and Knee surgery. He has worked as a Consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ since 2009.

Mr Ajuied was born in Kent (Maidstone), and went on to grow up and School in London.

After attaining an Honours degree, Mr Ajuied went on to further qualify as a Doctor in 1998 from Guy’s and St Thomas’ medical school. Mr Ajuied has trained at a number of level one trauma centers, and has worked throughout London and the South East.

While in training Mr Ajuied completed a postgraduate Masters degree, and has been appointed a senior honorary clinical lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedics as well as director of education for South London Orthopaedics, in recognition for his contributions to higher surgical training.

Mr Ajuied has traveled and worked in many countries from Belgium to South Africa. These travels have included, both specialist fellowship training and charitable work. In 2008 Mr Ajuied worked in South Africa (University Hospital of Witwaterstrand, Johannesburg), where he held an appointment as an Honorary Consultant. While in South Africa Mr Ajuied established a new dedicated Knee injury Service which continues to serve the local community, and with which he still has strong links, and continues to grow from strength to strength.

During his time specialising in Knee surgery, Mr Ajuied has studied with and trained with experts in the world of Knee Surgery, including Dr Ponky Firer (Johanesburg), Dr David Dalury (Baltimore), Dr Charles Brown (Boston), and Dr Spike Erasmus (Cape Town).

While in clinical practice Mr Ajuied has developed a number of care innovations, including new surgical techniques, devices and rapid rehabilitation programmes for patients undergoing knee surgery.

Mr Ajuied also lectures and instructs nationally and internationally on topics relating to Knee surgery, training hundreds of other surgeons every year.

10:45-11:10am High Intensity Theatre (HIT) Lists, Theatre 1

Andrew is National Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal Conditions for NHS England and Improvement, with an overarching vision to promote best life-long musculoskeletal health within all communities.

Within this role he is also clinical director of the “Best MSK Health” National Pathways Improvement Programme mandated to reduce variation in access and outcomes through implementing whole pathway transformation

He is also a Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist within Sutton Health and Care Alliance hosted by Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust providing clinical leadership for a community musculoskeletal service.


10:00-10:45am Enabling Best MSK health: an overview of the NHSEI MSK strategy, Theatre 1

Sue is the CEO of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA), a role which she took up in February 2017. ARMA is an umbrella body representing the breadth of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and professions. Our vision is that the MSK health of the population is promoted throughout life and that everyone with MSK conditions receives appropriate, high quality interventions to promote their health and well-being in a timely manner.
Sue has over 20 years’ experience of policy work in health and social care. Before joining ARMA, Sue was Head of Public Policy at deafblind charity Sense and Vice-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance and previously worked for Mind.


2:00-2:30pm  A Patient Perspective  Theatre 2

Steve Drew was appointed as the first Shoulder and Elbow Consultant Surgeon at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire in 2000. He has been heavily involved in training Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Arthroscopic Skills via the Watanabe Group since 2003 as well as speaking at numerous National and International meetings.

Since 2010 he has taken an increasing role in helping to shape the future of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in the UK via his role on BESS Council as Chair of the Research Committee, then as Honorary Secretary and now as President Elect.

12:00-1:00pm Mr Peter Kay and the Orthopaedic Societies- Panel discussion: What’s in store for 2022? Theatre 1

Pregash is a Consultant Knee surgeon with keen interest in Knee joint preservation, I undertake knee joint preservation procedures including osteotomy, soft tissue ligament reconstruction procedures as well as PFJ stabilisation procedures. I am keen proponent of enhanced recovery and am utilising it to decrease the length of stay of the patients in the hospital.

11:10-11:35am The serendipitous learning curve of a non-foot and ankle consultant surgeon amidst the COVID pandemic Theatre 1

Pregash is the latest contributor to the NOA blog

Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram, BEM, the recipient of the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for 2018, is an NHS surgeon, lecturer and clinical entrepreneur.

She drew on her passion for innovation, education and global surgery to found Proximie, an augmented reality platform aiming to improve access to expert care and to scale clinical expertise. Through its patented platform doctors can virtually transport themselves in to any clinical setting to visually and practically interact and collaborate.

From marking up a patient to providing real-time virtual presence overlaid with content and a rich palate of augmented reality they aim to provide safe, accessible and high-quality care to every patient around the world.

Proximie has enjoyed significant success with early adoption by major medical institutions and device companies and has been covered by news agencies around the world. Dubbed by CNN the “Future of Surgery,” Proximie has gone from strength to strength and won multiple awards including Foreign Press Association Science Story of the Year.

Dr. Nadine has been selected as an Endeavor entrepreneur, is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Commission on the Future of Surgery, consisting of some of the country’s leading doctors, engineers, data experts, managers, and patient representatives with the objective to investigate the advances that will transform surgery over the next 20 years, and Faculty at Singularity & Exponential Medicine. She is also the Clinical lead for Innovation at Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital.

When she isn’t working, Nadine spends her time with her husband and 3 children in London.


2:00-3:00pm How Technology is Transforming Knee Surgery in Orthopaedics Theatre 1

Rob was appointed North London Partners in Health and Care System Lead in March 2020 having worked in NHS hospitals in North London at Deputy Director and then Board level (Finance Director and then Chief Executive) for many years, most recently as Chief Executive of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

In partnership with Professor Tim Briggs he established the Getting it Right First Time national improvement programme linked to the NHS England Vanguard Programme. This has also had academic validation facilitating improvement in clinical outcomes and value for money including formal NIHR CLAHRC evaluation project and various Health Services Research publications (and highly commended HSJ Award).

He is Chartered Institute for Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) qualified following a degree in Economics and began his career on the NHS Financial Management Training Scheme based at Southampton University Hospitals.

10:45-11:30am Integrated Care Systems and Orthopaedic Care- panel discussion Theatre 2

Peter Kay is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Wrightington Hospital, Lancashire and Honorary Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Manchester University. He has been President of the British Orthopaedic Association (2011), British Hip Society (2008) and British Orthopaedics Trainees Association (1992). He was National Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal services for NHS England 2013- 2019 and currently serves on the Council of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and Council of the Medical Defence Union.

Managerially in his own Trust he has been Director of Research, Clinical Director, Divisional Chairman for MSK and Associate Medical Director and Trust Board member at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS FT. He returned to local NHS management 12 months ago as Clinical Director for Lower Limb surgery managing elective services during COVID and supporting the elective restart and role within Greater Manchester and the wider North West.

His clinical interests are in hip and knee replacement surgery and revision joint surgery.


12:00-1:00pm Mr Peter Kay and the Orthopaedic Societies- Panel discussion: What’s in store for 2022? Theatre 1

Mr Cormac Kelly is a Consultant Upper Limb Surgeon at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and assists with the facilitation of the National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) webinar series that cover a range of areas and work streams by working collaboratively with member organisations and the NOA Board.

Since April 2020, Mr Kelly has played an instrumental role in the delivery of NOA’s COVID-19 webinar series, which continues to provide topical virtual sessions to support NOA members and those across the wider orthopaedic network. As a vital support to the NOA Board and project team, he provides support and advice to enable the NOA to meet its objectives.


10:45-11:30am Integrated Care Systems and Orthopaedic Care-panel discussion Theatre 2

As a board-certified and fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeon from Houston, USA, Dr. Stefan Kreuzer, MD, has pioneered the development in Minimally-Invasive and Computer-Assisted hip and knee replacement surgery. He is actively involved in training and has been invited to lecture and demonstrate his surgical techniques for surgeons throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. Dr. Kreuzer is currently on multiple design teams for the development of the next generation of knee and hip implants, and acts as consultant to many device companies to assist them with further advancing care for patients. With many research and academic interests in addition to his clinical practice, he has devoted his career to improving the quality-of-life for the patient in need of joint replacement surgery.

Dr. Kreuzer has performed over 4,000 anterior hip replacements and is one of the very few experts in the world to also perform revision total hip replacement through the anterior approach. Dr. Kreuzer is also a world expert on robotic joint replacement surgery; he was on the development team of the MAKO robotic system for anterior hip replacement and MAKO total knee replacement, and was one of three surgeons to participate in the initial FDA approval study. He is currently working with the next-generation of robotic surgery with Think Surgical, as a principal investigator in their FDA approval clinical trial for total knee replacement.

Dr. Kreuzer is also revolutionizing the field of outpatient total joint surgery by working to develop care paths and protocols to allow minimally invasive joint replacement surgery being performed in the outpatient setting, with the aim of quicker recovery, less complications, and quicker return to a functional lifestyle. He is working with software companies to develop a care path with the help of activity monitors and smart phones to facilitate a quicker road to recovery.


2:00-3:00pm How Technology is Transforming Knee Surgery in Orthopaedics Theatre 1

3:00-4:00pm The case for day case- panel discussion Theatre 1

After graduating with a production engineering degree, Clare spent the next 20 years in field of Leadership and Management Development with special interests in Culture change and performance improvement.  This has included work in the UK and overseas in a number of sectors including Manufacturing, Management consultancy, Social Housing, IT, logistics, legal and education. 

Clare joined the NHS in 2016 (with a temporary contract!) at the Royal Orthoapedic and since has very much enjoyed developing work in the areas of OD, Staff engagement, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Health and Wellbeing.  Clare is qualified as an executive coach,  and is trained in psychometric and 360 degree tools.  She is also a member of the British Psychology and Chartered Institute of the Personnel Development (CIPD).

3:00-4:00pm Wellbeing and Inclusion (TBC) Syndicate Room 2

Mr McNab trained in Medicine at the London Hospital Medical College, in orthopaedic surgery on the St Bartholomew’s Hospital Pott Rotation. His hand fellowship training was in Oxford and Melbourne. He was appointed as a Consultant Hand Surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and John Radcliffe Hospital in 2000.

Academic appointments: Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oxford (2003-pres), Honorary Lecturer in Clinical Medicine at Wadham College (2005-21). In 2007 he undertook the first BSSH Stack Travelling Fellowship in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and USA.

Professional positions: Supervisor/Training Head, Oxford Hand Fellowships, Council member BSSH, BOA, BMA & ASPC, Hon Sec BSSH, UK Hand Surgery Diploma Examiner, Chair BMA South Central Regional Council, member BMA Consultants Committee, past Chair AOUK Hand & Wrist Course.

Mr McNab was honoured to be elected as President of the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) 2017-20 and continues to promote further close working between therapists and surgeons at all levels.


12:00-1:00pm Mr Peter Kay and the Orthopaedic Societies- Panel discussion: What’s in store for 2022? Theatre 1

Simon is a Consultant Hip and Knee Surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford. Simon read medicine at the University of Southampton before higher surgical training in orthopaedics on the Northwest London rotation. He is double fellowship trained having completed a fellowship in hip surgery in Bournemouth and a fellowship in lower limb joint reconstruction and hip preservation in Oxford.

Simon has a strong academic background having completed a PhD at Imperial College London with a thesis on partial knee replacement surgery. He remains engaged in research, though his focus has changed predominantly to matters affecting the hip joint. He holds honorary academic positions at the University of Oxford, Imperial College London and Bournemouth University. He is co-lead of the Oxford Hip and Knee Fellowship programme, providing advanced training to orthopaedic surgeons from the UK and abroad before they take up Consultant positions. Simon provides a complete hip surgery service from dysplasia to sports injuries to arthritis.


3:00-4:00pm The case for day case- panel discussion Theatre 1

Dr Bola Owolabi MB BS DFFP MRCGP MSc is Director – Health Inequalities at NHS England and NHS Improvement. She works as a General Practitioner in the Midlands.

Bola has particular interests in reducing health inequalities through Integrated Care Models, Service Transformation and using data & insights for Quality Improvement.

Bola has held various leadership roles at local, system and national levels. She was until recently, National Specialty Advisor for Older People and Integrated Person Centred-Care at NHS England and Improvement where she led the Anticipatory Care Workstream of the National Ageing Well Programme. She has worked with teams across NHS England/Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care as part of the Covid 19 Pandemic response.

She is an alumnus of Ashridge Executive Education/Hult International Business School and holds a Masters degree with distinction in Leadership (Quality Improvement). She also holds an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership for Clinicians.

Bola is a Generation Q Fellow of the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.


4:00-4:45pm Narrowing Health Inequalities – A Legacy from the Pandemic Streaming across all rooms

Priya joined the RNOH as a Specialist Pharmacist for Haemostasis & Thrombosis in 2015. She is a member of the  VTE Committee and has led service developments in this area.

She is now the Pharmacy lead for  Specialist Medicine and has recently joined the Quality Improvement Team.  Priya is committed to offering the best-patient experience to hospitalized patients and has led trust-wide improvements on ‘take-home’ medicines which has contributed to reductions in  length of stay.

12:00-1:00pm From Clinical Audit to Quality Improvement in Streamlining the Discharge Process Syndicate Room 1

Professor Mike Reed is a full-time hip and knee joint replacement surgeon. He trained in the North of England and did fellowships in New Zealand.

He was previously a co-author of the trauma and orthopaedic curriculum led the orthopaedic elogbook, with over 50M ops logged in all specialties. He was training programme director for Northern (67 trainees), and he chaired the education committee for the British Orthopaedic Association.

At a Trust level Mike has run improvement programmes in hip fracture care, infection prevention and enhanced recovery for Northumbria Healthcare. Northumbria has the shortest length of stay in the UK for primary joint replacement with over 2700 performed each year. He is Clinical Director, working with a team of 25 talented colleagues.

He is President of the British Orthopaedic Directors 2020-2022, and sits on Council of the British Orthopaedic Association.

His research focuses on clinical outcomes and infection prevention, diagnosis and management. With Northumbria he is leading a national collaborative on hip fracture care and runs basic science research from Newcastle University and clinical trials from the University of York. He supervises multiple MD and PhDs, and is leading 3 large multicentre studies.

Mike is on the steering committee and executive of the National Joint Registry and Chairs the Annual Report.


12:00-1:00pm Mr Peter Kay and the Orthopaedic Societies- panel discussion: What’s in store for 2022? Theatre 1

3:00-4:00pm The case for day case- panel discussion Theatre 1

Mr Revell is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust since 2006. He gained his specialist training at Guys Hospital London, in the South East and in Sheffield and began working at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust in 1999.

Mr Revell specialises in revision work but also developed interests in complex primary joint replacement, including hip resurfacing and computer navigated knee replacement. He has held a number of management roles since 2007 including health records, audit lead, clinical director for audit and outcomes, Chief Clinical Information officer, Divisional Medical Director and Executive Medical Director since January 2019.


3:00-3:30pm “There’s a hole in my bucket…” (getting data that clinicians can use to drive improvement) Theatre 2

Jill Robinson is the Strategic Finance Development Lead for the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin ICS, having taken up the post in April 2019 to support the system with the development of the Long Term Plan.

Jill has worked in the NHS for almost fifteen years in a variety of roles including as CFO for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; Business Director for the NHS Trust Development Authority in Midlands and East and in commissioning in London as Director of Finance for South West London PCTs.

Prior to joining the NHS, Jill worked in finance in the private sector, primarily in the Food & Drink and Travel industries in the US, Germany and Italy as well as the UK and a number of global roles.

10:45-11:30am Integrated Care Systems and Orthopaedic Care- panel discussion Theatre 2

Cristina joined the NHS in 2018 as London’s first musculoskeletal Patient Director at UCLH NHS FT for Camden MSK. She has over 20 years of experience working within the local Government and has corporate experience as an IT consultant where she specialised in project / programme management and change management.

She champions both the promotion of co-production and the active involvement of relevant lived experience in all aspects of the planning, design and delivery of care through co-produced clinical pathways. Cristina has experience of co-production at local, regional and national level. Nationally she chairs the #BestMSKHealth Lived Experience Group. Internationally she is a member of the Global Patient Family Advisory Board (GPFAB) at The Beryl Institute and is also a member of the Health Improvement Alliance Europe (HIAE) Equity Workgroup, Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

Currently she is the Lived Experience Ambassador for the national Experience of Care team having joined NHS England and Improvement in early 2020. She co-leads the NHS Beneficial Changes Network Patient / Carer work stream. She always radiates enthusiasm for her patient and community work, her patient involvement is extensive, and she returned to work primarily as a Peer Coach to support others and she has a strong passion for justice and health inequalities to be faced head on. 

On a personal level she has experience of self-management of both physical and mental health because of her own chronic health conditions as well as a carer. Cristina is always willing to answer questions regarding her physical & mental health, as well as her disabilities.
Cristina has been shortlisted for the 2021 The Shaw Trust Power 100, which is an annual publication containing the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK.


2:30-3:30pm Lived Experience Ambassadors for the MSK Lived Experience Group Theatre 2

Jo is Chief Executive at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. She joined the Trust in an interim role in June 2017 on secondment from University Hospitals Birmingham NHSFT, where she was Deputy Chief Operating Officer for 3 years and most recently Deputy Director of Partnership for the STP (Sustainability and Transformation Partnership).

She has worked in a variety of senior operational roles in several acute trusts’ including (UHSM) Wythenshawe Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital delivering and leading service transformation projects. As well as 14 years in operational management, she also worked in procurement in the NHS, as a capital buyer for Nuffield Hospitals and for a global manufacturer/supplier.

In March 2020 Jo was appointed Lead CEO of the National Orthopaedic Alliance.


9:45-10:00am Opening address Theatre 1 plus live stream across all rooms