How was it started?
There is a requirement to provide robust evidence of patient outcomes as justification for knee osteotomy against surgical alternatives (TKR/UKR). UKKOR has been established by faculty members from the Basingstoke knee osteotomy masterclass who have formed an active steering group.
David Elson - Chairman
David Elson is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and chairman of the UKKOR steering committee. His practice involves primary lower limb arthroplasty and a specialist knee service which includes ligament reconstruction, knee osteotomy and patellofemoral surgery.
He was a trainee in the Northern Deanery and completed knee surgery fellowships at both Cardiff and Hampshire; so during his training he has worked for all the other steering committee members (Matt Dawson, Chris Wilson, Mike Risebury and Adrian Wilson). He strongly believes that the techniques of knee osteotomy should be refined in light of patient outcomes and to this aim he has been the driving force behind UKKOR.
This is an initiative designed to capture meaningful outcome data which should influence future surgical techniques in years to come. He has several publications in the field of knee surgery and has presented at national and international conferences. He has aspirations to improve the message about knee osteotomy as a highly successful surgery.
Adrian Wilson is a consultant knee surgeon. He qualified with a BSc in Biochemistry from Manchester University in 1989 and then went on to study medicine at St Bartholomew’s medical school, graduating in 1994. He joined the North West Thames Orthopaedic training scheme in 1999. He completed his training in Australia with a 12-month fellowship in knee surgery at Brisbane Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Centre. It was during this fellowship that Mr Wilson became more interested in osteotomy surgery.
Appointed as a consultant to the North Hampshire Hospital in 2005, where he is now the clinical lead for knee surgery. In 2006 he helped to set up the world renowned “Basingstoke Knee Osteotomy Masterclass” which he now runs on an annual basis (www.basingstokeknee.org). Mr Wilson also set Basingstoke up as an international visiting centre for surgeons keen to learn about knee osteotomy surgery and receive hands on training and as a result has frequent visitors. Mr Wilson also frequently gets referrals from other knee specialists for difficult cases and this now makes up a substantial part of his clinical practice.
Mr Wilson set up the Basingstoke knee osteotomy database in 2005 and presents and publishes frequently on the subject of knee osteotomy. In 2014 Mr Wilson’s team won the ESSKA best paper award for their landmark paper on the evolution of osteotomy. Mr Wilson has made several training videos on the techniques for knee osteotomy surgery and won the prestigious ESSKA 2014 Alwin Jager prize for his surgical technique video on distal femoral osteotomy. He has also published his videos on the ESSKA academy website and VuMedi.
Mr Wilson runs a successful fellowship program for senior trainees who want to receive training in osteotomy and other aspects of knee surgery. Mr Wilson has a number of on going portfolio studies looking at new ways of carrying out osteotomy surgery and in particular the use of patient specific instrumentation and cutting blocks. Mr Wilson acts as an advisor to several leading companies who develop knee osteotomy instruments and fixation devices for osteotomy surgery.
Matt Dawson is a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in Knee Surgery. He is clinical lead for knee services in North Cumbria and consults privately at the Highgrove Clinic in Carlisle. Matt performs a wide range of knee operations including total and partial knee replacement, femoral and tibial osteotomy, arthroscopy, articular cartilage surgery, single and multiple ligament reconstruction, patella realignment and stabilisation and combined procedures for deformity and instability.
Matt was inspired by the Basingstoke osteotomy masterclass when the course started and he has been a faculty member ever since. This year he is convening the inaugural Northumbria Osteotomy masterclass in Newcastle upon Tyne. He now hosts a fellowship in Osteotomy and Knee surgery at North Cumbria University Hospital. He has presented internationally and published in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of knee osteotomy.
Mike Risebury trained in Cambridge, London and Wessex before an Australian fellowship. He was appointed at Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust from November 2010. Since then his private practice has developed at The Hampshire Clinic. His practice includes all aspects of Knee Surgery. Special interests are sports injuries, arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction, meniscal preservation (repair), cartilage surgery, osteotomy (re-alignment), as well as total and partial knee replacement (including complex and revision surgery). He also performs hip replacement surgery.
Mr Risebury is actively involved in teaching programmes for other medical professionals, regularly lecturing nationally and internationally. He has been a faculty member on several courses teaching surgical technique in areas such as ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair and osteotomy. Research is an important part of his ongoing professional development, and he has presented and published scientific papers on various aspects of orthopaedics and particularly knee surgery.
Chris Wilson is a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon at the University Hospital of Wales NHS Trust, Cardiff, one of the busiest units in the UK. Most of his routine operating timetable involves surgery of the major lower limb joints, with a large number of joint replacements, particularly in the more complicated cases such as those involving rheumatoid arthritis. Although he has a general orthopaedic practice, and sees the whole range of orthopaedic diseases, Chris has developed a special interest in knee surgery and in particular osteotomies around the knee.
Chris Wilson is affiliated with Cardiff University where he oversees a substantial grant from arthritis research UK exploring the offloading effect of knee osteotomy. He has publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented this work at national meetings.
He is a faculty member of both the Basingstoke and Northumbria osteotomy masterclasses.
Ed Britton is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and performs his clinical work at York District Hospital, and Clifton Park Hospital. His practices involve a wide range of procedures covering many aspects of hip and knee pathology. His specialist interest lies in joint preserving surgery of both the hip and the knee in the form of hip arthroscopy, soft tissue knee surgery and knee osteotomies.
Mr Britton was educated at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Medical School, during which he spent a year at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, gaining a BSc in Orthopaedic Sciences. He completed his MB BS (Hons) in 2001. He completed his specialist training within the North East Thames Orthopaedic Training Scheme, working in major London teaching hospitals.
Mr Britton has also undertaken 3 specialist fellowships; the prestigious Royal Melbourne fellowship, a high volume arthroplasty fellowship at St Peters, Surrey and finally the Basingstoke knee fellowship with Professor Wilson and Mr Risebury where he worked on fine tuning knee osteotomy techniques.
Research continues to be an important part of Mr Britton’s ongoing professional development, he has published several scientific papers on various aspects of orthopaedics and has presented his work both nationally and internationally.
Harry Palmer is a Southampton University law graduate with an MSc in crime analysis. In the past he has worked with the police, law firms and various public and private bodies. He is currently working as study co-ordinator and senior data analyst in the orthopaedic department at Basingstoke hospital.
His transferable skills will adapt well to a new role as UKKOR's Chief Administrative Officer. Harry will be responsible for the day-to-day running of UKKOR and improving data compliance. Harry enjoys rugby and watching football.
Jennifer Gormanly currently works as a secretary in the orthopaedic department at Basingstoke hospital where she was recently promoted into a senior role. Jennifer has taken on part-time work for UKKOR offering secretarial support with data entry for paper outcome scores from patients.
Jennifer’s husband is in the military and they have a young son. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching movies.
The activities of UKKOR are supported by both BASK and the the BOA.
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