Annual conference 2022: Speakers O - Z
Dr Jon Packham
Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical Associate Professor in Rheumatology
Dr Jon Packham
He is a clinical academic rheumatologist and an associate clinical professor at the Academic Unit of Population and Lifespan Sciences, Nottingham University, supervising PhD and Masters students. His research includes: identifying and reducing the delay to diagnosis in axSpA, measuring axSpA quality of life, measuring and treating fatigue in axSpA and community studies of axSpA and PsA.
He has been a clinical expert member on a number of NICE committees for spondyloarthropathy clinical guidelines / quality standards and SpA related technology appraisals. He has worked closely with the National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society, presenting data on pathways influencing delayed diagnosis to a recent All-Party Parliamentary Group on axSpA.
Consultant Podiatric Surgeon & Honorary Clinical Professor of Podiatric Sports Medicine
Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, Honorary Clinical Professor of Podiatric Sports Medicine, Queen Mary University of London. Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
Nat held the position of Consultant Podiatric Surgeon at The Royal London Hospital 1991-2011. He currently works in the private sector, The London Independent Hospital.
Nat Padhiar was part of the medical services for LOCOG during the planning stages and the Clinical Lead for Podiatry at The London 2012 Games and was based in the Polyclinic, Olympic Village in Stratford for the entire period of Olympic & Paralympic Games 2012.
He is also an Honorary Clinical Professor in Podiatric Sports Medicine, Internal Examiner, Course Director of Podiatric Sports Medicine and 2 Module Leader in the Centre for Sports & Exercise Medicine (CSEM), William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary, London University.
In his professional capacity he has been part of the medical team and has attended World Student Games (1991), Commonwealth Games (2002), Island Games (2003), Everest Marathon (1993,1995), Mongolian Sunrise to Sunset Marathon (2001-2003), Daily Telegraph/British Brain & Spine Foundation London Marathon Team (1999-2007), London Triathlon (2005) and London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games (2012).
Consultant Podiatric Surgeon
He entered surgical practice gaining Fellowship in 1995 and has worked with Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust since 1997 firstly in a seconded post from the University and then taking up a substantive post. He still has connections with Huddersfield University and undertakes occasional lectures on the MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery and the Master of Podiatric Surgery pathways. He is a surgical tutor for the Royal College.
Professionally, he chaired the Manchester Branch in the 1980s, sat on Council in the 1990s and was the first chair of the Professional Practice Committee. More recently he was Vice Dean of the Surgical Faculty. His academic, surgical and HCPC partner roles played a significant part in guiding the 10-year process that culminated in the new HCPC annotation for Podiatric Surgery. He still sits on the College's Medicine Committee and ACG.
Other themes relating to her work in footwear include the exploration of wearers in terms of footwear customisation, fitting advice and their footwear preferences.
She also has a particular interest in the development of gait in infancy from her time on the Great Foundations Initiative. She works with industry including Clarks Kids and Wearer-Tech to integrate biomechanical knowledge directly into product development cycles and the evidence base of industry.
Currently she sits on the steering committee for the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics group (i-FAB) and is an active member of the Footwear Biomechanics Group (FBG).
Consultant Podiatric Surgeon
His particular areas of interest are foot surgery (including minimal incision techniques), sports injuries, biomechanics/gait analysis, orthoses and diabetic foot complications, lecturing both nationally and internationally. He has worked extensively with elite and professional sports men and women in a wide range of disciplines, including football, rugby, cricket, athletics, hockey, badminton. He is a director of P2L, a company specialising in bespoke performance footwear and Run3D, a company providing advanced 3D gait analysis. He was an elected member of the Council of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and past Dean of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery.
He is the UK representative on the Vasyli Think Tank and the Vionic Innovation lab, involved in the development of orthoses, part of the Salomon Think Tank involved in the development of running shoes and is a reviewer for Gait & Posture, Clinical Biomechanics, JAPMA, The Foot and The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research.
Chief Allied Health Professions Officer
She became Chief Executive of a Primary Care Trust, where a particular highlight was having responsibility for delivering health resilience and ‘blue light’ services during 2012 Olympic sailing events held in Dorset.
She subsequently gained authorisation for a large Clinical Commissioning Group, before moving to her current post with NHS England, where she was appointed as CAHPO in 2014.
Her vision to utilise crowdsourcing in the development of the strategy AHPs into Action (NHS England, 2017) has been recognised as ground-breaking in policy development.
Dr Sarah Reel
Dr Sarah Reel
Sarah is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Faculty of Podiatric Medicine (Glasgow), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal College of Podiatry, an examiner for the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London, a lead assessor for the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and a Chartered Scientist (Royal College of Podiatry).
She holds a Certificate of Professional Competency in footprint evidence and is registered with the UK National Crime Agency Expert Advisers database.
British Orthopaedic Association National Casting Training Advisor
Mark qualified as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) within the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) in 1990. Following several operational tours to Belize, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and the Falklands, he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer within the Tri Service Royal Defence Medical College for ODP training where, following attendance on the Stanmore BCC course in 1995, he developed, implemented, and led the Tri Service Orthopaedic Practitioner Conservative Fracture Management Course.
Following 15 years in the military Mark joined 3M as a clinical specialist for the Orthopaedic Immobilisation business where he taught country wide on functional stabilisation principles and combi-casting techniques and six months in an honorary contract at Oxford University Hospital placing Vascular Access Lines. He also maintains his ODP HCPC registration through clinical practice at weekends managing a complex of four operating theatres.
Mark has continued to be involved in the British Orthopaedic Association British Casting Certificate Exams in Stanmore since 1995 as a patient model, holder and examiner and has kept involved and up-to-date in orthopaedics through attendance at conferences and study days.
Mark is currently appointed as the British Orthopaedic Association National Casting Training Advisor.
Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Student podiatrist (apprentice)
Johnathan is currently studying podiatry as an Apprentice with Plymouth University while working within a busy private practice in Dorchester, Dorset.
Vascular Specialist Podiatrist
Pamela Smith is a Vascular Specialist Podiatrist working in Salford, Greater Manchester.
In 2012 she was instrumental in setting up the Salford lower limb vascular assessment service. Her role is to assess and diagnose peripheral arterial disease in community clinics and to support patients to manage their disease and make lifestyle changes to help reduce their cardiovascular risks. She collaborated with the cardiac rehab team and vascular surgeons to develop a supervised exercise programme for patients with symptoms of claudication. These developments have both been recognised by NICE as examples of good practice.
She is a regular speaker for the College of Podiatry on the diabetes foot module and the new vascular module. She has had articles relating to peripheral arterial disease published and posters presented. She has also presented at national and international conferences.
Her vascular role also involves teaching and mentoring podiatry students, podiatry colleagues and other AHPs to detect early peripheral arterial disease, reducing outcomes of lower limb amputations and death.
Dr Cath Spencer-Smith
Consultant Physician in Sports and Exercise Medicine
Dr Cath Spencer-Smith
Dr Cath is Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, and an award-winning Private Practice business and marketing expert.
She helps clinicians to grow highly profitable practices that attract their ideal clients and is founder of the Private Practice Ninja Academy.
Apprenticeships Relationship Manager (London Region)
Chair, Royal College of Podiatry Apprenticeship Group
Emma qualified from Durham in 1998 and has worked in the NHS for almost 24 years.
She is currently the Professional Lead for Podiatry at East London Foundation Trust, Deputy Therapy Lead in Bedfordshire and Chair of East of England Podiatry Prescribing group.
Emma is Chair of the Royal College of Podiatry Apprenticeship Group and as an accredited coach Emma enjoys facilitating others with their personal growth. Her proudest moment was being invited to Stormont in Belfast to deliver a presentation on the apprenticeships to the Health Minister Robin Swann where she was able to share her experiences developing podiatry apprenticeships in England.
Jade Tang is a registered Podiatric Surgeon with over 10 years' experience working in the NHS and private sector. Jade qualified as a podiatrist from UEL in 2010 and went on to achieve a Masters in Podiatric surgery in 2015. Jade became a surgical fellow in 2019 whilst training at West Middlesex University Hospital and is annotated as a surgical practitioner and an independent prescriber.
Jade enjoys presenting on lower limb pathology and surgical intervention and has lectured both nationally and internationally. Jade proudly runs a Journal Club for the Southern Deanery which she founded to bring surgeons together to discuss and debate current practice and surgical concepts.
Rachel works full time as a Specialist Podiatrist at Sheffield Podiatry Services, specialising clinically in Diabetes. She has also worked alongside the forensic podiatry team in Sheffield since completing the Forensic Podiatry MSc.
Rachel is an active member of the Forensic Podiatry Special Interest Group and the Royal College of Podiatry. She has published in Podiatry Now and the Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association.