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Oxford Trauma and Emergency Care

The Steering Group

The PSP is managed by a Steering Group and is chaired by an independent adviser from the James Lind Alliance. The Steering Group includes individual patient representatives as well as clinicians and information specialists.

The role of the Steering Group is to oversee the PSP. They are responsible for a number of tasks, including but not limited to; publicising the initiative, overseeing the checking and collating of uncertainties, and taking the final priorities to research funders.

Patient representatives

Jenny Gould

Jenny Gould, Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) member 

Jenny has personal experience of many orthopaedic operations at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, and has been a participant in a number of research trials. Professionally she is an experienced stress management consultant, trainer and psychotherapist (cognitive behavioural therapist, clinical hypnotherapist). Jenny is also a trainer for Relate.

Jenny is a PPI co-applicant on several WHITE (hip trauma) research trials.

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Bell, Welsh Arthritis Research Network 

Dr Philip Bell (non-medical doctorate) has been interested in contributing as a member of the public in health research since his retirement. His interests are eclectic and vary from cancer to musculoskeletal. Philip sits on various clinical trial oversight committees and is currently a lay member on a NICE Committee reviewing the guidance on PTSD and is the UK Consumer Representative for NCRI Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Clinical Studies Group. Philip has also co-authored several published papers on Patient and Public Involvement.

Richard Grant

Richard Grant, UNTRAP, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Heath Research and Care West Midlands Patient & Public Involvement (CLAHRC WM PPI)

Richard was previously a science and biology teacher in a multicultural comprehensive school and an elected councillor in Warwickshire. He is keen that skills and experiences gained are effectively used in the physical and mental health agenda. A member of Warwick Medical School UNTRAP and CLAHRC WM.

Personal family 'health' experiences include, cancer, dementia, care of older people and LGBT issues. He enjoys gaining life experiences 'first hand' by travelling or through reading and literature.

Clinician representatives

BSc (Hons) MSc DPhil MCSP MMACP David Keene - University Research Lecturer

David Keene, DPhil MCS (representing Rebecca Kearney while on MAT leave)

David is a NIHR post-doctoral research fellow based at the University of Oxford. He is a physiotherapist by background. The clinical focus of his research is on improving the management of musculoskeletal injuries. He is a research lead for the Association of Trauma and Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists (ATOCP).

Matthew Costa - Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

Matthew Costa, PhD FRCS (Tr&Orth,) Oxford Trauma, University of Oxford

Matthew is Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Trauma Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

Matt's research interest is in clinical and cost effectiveness of musculoskeletal trauma interventions. He is Chief Investigator for a series of randomised trials and associated studies supported by grants from the UK NIHR, Musculoskeletal Charities and the Trauma Device Industry. His work has been cited widely, and informs many guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Mark Baxter

Mark Baxter, PhD, MBChB, MRCP, British Geriatric Society English National Council member of the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN)

Mark is a consultant at the University Hospital Southampton and specialises in geriatric medicine. He is experienced in the management of frail elderly people, with multiple medical problems. Dr Baxter also has extensive experience in the assessment of falls and bone health.

Rebecca Kearney

Rebecca Kearney, Association of Trauma and Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists (ATOCP

Dr Kearney has a collaborative post between UHCW working clinically as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist in a fracture clinic and Warwick University working academically as an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation. Her main research focus is leading the delivery of programmes of research to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of interventions in the area of trauma and orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Stuart White, The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI)

Stuart is the lead for Anaesthesia, Brighton Hip Fracture Unit, and designer of the website. Stuart is determined to reduce variability in anaesthesia care for hip fracture patients in UK through research and audit.

Tim Chesser

Tim Chesser, Falls & Fragility Fracture Audit Project (FFFAP, NHFD), Britsh Orthopaedic Association (BOA), Orthopaedic Trauma Society (OTS)

Tim is a Consultant Trauma Orthopaedic Surgeon at North Bristol NHS Trust. He is the past Chair of the BOA Trauma Group, president elect of the OTS, lead for the BOA on hip fracture care and sits on the board of the Falls Fragility Fracture Audit Project, which includes the National Hip Fracture Database. He sits on the Clinical Development Group for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Hip Fracture Guidelines (CG 124). He has researched and published extensively on hip fracture care and other areas of orthopaedic trauma.

He also has an international FIA drivers license racing a 1969 Mark 1 Ford Escort.

Xavier Griffin - Honorary Departmental Associate Professor of Trauma Surgery

Xavier Griffin, PhD, FRCS (Tr&Orth), Cochrane Bone, Joint & Muscle Trauma

Xavier is Associate Professor of Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Trauma Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He is Chief Investigator for NIHR randomised clinical trials and has also received commercially funded grants. His research interest is in clinical and cost effectiveness of musculoskeletal trauma interventions.

Xavier serves in the Reserve Forces and believes that his military training has provided him with transferable skills enabling him to enhance his medical and research career.


Catherine White

Catherine White, The James Lind Alliance (JLA)

Catherine is the JLA Adviser for this PSP. She became involved with the healthcare sector following a critical illness. Since 2007 she has volunteered as a Trustee and Information Manager for ICUsteps, the Intensive Care patient and relative support charity. Catherine participates in strategic health work including as a steering group member on research trials, as a N.I.H.R. Health Technology Assessment funding board member and as a Specialist Lay member of the Sepsis Quality Standards Advisory Committee for National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Laura Arnel, Executive Assistant, Oxford Trauma, University of Oxford

Laura is Executive Assistant to Professor of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford. She has 8 years' experience of working within Higher Education and currently supports academics to pursue their research interests and to ensure the smooth running of the administrative aspects of their projects.

MBBS PhD FRCS (Tr&Orth) Miguel Fernandez - Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

Miguel Fernandez, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW)

Miguel is a Specialist Registrar in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at UHCW. He is developing a clinical academic career and is currently working in Oxford on clinical trials in hip fracture surgery. His clinical and research interests are in orthopaedic trauma and fragility fractures. Recently he was part of a team at UHCW who won a national award from the Trauma Audit & Research Network (TARN) for improvements in the care of patients presenting with open fractures.

The Steering group wish to acknowledge Jason McAllister (Department of Medical Photography and Illustration at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust) for supporting the design of the survey.