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Executive Committee

Office Bearers

Professor Sir Saeed Zahedi

Saeed Zahedi

Professor Sir Saeed Zahedi OBE FREng, RDI, PhD is among the leading designers of prosthetics. A Fellow of the Royal Academy and Institute of Mechanical Engineers, he is currently Technical Director of Chas A Blatchford & Sons. Along with his team at Blatchfords he was a finalist in the 2010 McRoberts award which led to Blatchford’s 4th Queens Award for Technological Achievement. Sir Saeed has been a visiting Professor at the University of Surrey for over ten years and is a member of ISO, CEN and IEC Working Groups. An author and presenter of over 125 papers, books and scientific publications, he has won prizes for scientific papers, including 5 BLESMA awards, IMechE Special Needs and the ISPO Forchheimer Prize as far back in 1989 for his PhD work conducted at Strathclyde University.

Professor Sir Saeed was responsible for commercialisation of first Intelligent Prosthesis in early 1990s and currently works with his team on the development of an advanced integrated prosthesis utilising microprocessor control ankle/foot and knee joints for lower limb amputees aiming at increased efficiency and independent living.

He was awarded an OBE in 2000, received the BHTA life time achievement award in 2013, and was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2017 "for services to Engineering and Innovation”.

Currently Chair of the ISPO UK Member Society, Professor Sir Saeed is also actively involved in the wider activities of ISPO International.

 

Laura Brady

Laura Brady

Since graduating in 2009 from Strathclyde University Laura has worked as a Prosthetist in London and is currently the Prosthetic Team Lead at WestMarc in Glasgow. Laura's clinical experience involves working with children and adults with varying levels of limb loss in an acute and out patient setting.

Laura has a keen interest in trans femoral prosthetics including socket design and microprocessor knees and presented research at the ISPO Annual Scienetific Meeting in 2016.

Laura also works closely with Strathclyde University assisting in research projects and is involved in the training and education of final year prosthetic students.

Within the ISPO UK MS Committee, Laura holds the office of Honorary Secretary.

 

Steve Seccombe

Steve Seccombe

Steve Seccombe is the Head of Clinical Systems and Information for rehabilitation services at Blatchford Clinical Services. Steve is a practicing clinician and holds an MSc in Clinical Biomechanics, a PgDip in Diagnostic Techniques and supports services through his extended scope of practice. He leads on the development and implementation of Clinical Information Technology Systems including all aspects in the inclusion of the clinical requirements.

Steve also has a keen interest in developing the reliable use of gait analysis within the clinical setting to capture outcomes. Since 2011, as a result of qualifications gained through Cardiff University Law School, he undertakes instructions for the courts.

Steve is an active member of the ISPO UK Member Society and currently holds the office of Honorary Treasurer. He can be contacted by e-mail at steve.seccombe@blatchford.co.uk

 

Committee Members

Melissa Jacobs

Melissa Jacobs studied Occupational Therapy at Oxford Brookes University and qualified in 2005. Melissa initially worked in paediatrics before specialising in amputee rehabilitation. She began working in the amputee rehabilitation team, at Queen Mary’s Hospital, in 2009 where she has developed a special interest in upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation.

Melissa completed a Masters of Research in Clinical Practice, in 2015 - the subject of her research project was myo-electric prostheses. She has presented at TIPS in 2012 and 2016 and also the BAPO conference, in 2018.

You can contact Melissa by e-mail at melissa.jacobs@stgeorges.nhs.uk

 

Professor Liudi Jiang, BEng, MSc, PhD, CPhys, CEng

Liudi Jiang

Professor Liudi Jiang is Professor of Materials and Electromechanical Systems within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. She holds a BEng in Microelectronics and a MSc in Physics. She received her Ph.D. in advanced materials from the University of Dundee in 2002. This was followed by her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Edinburgh on multidisciplinary research in developing novel materials, processes and electromechanical sensors for a range of applications etc. She was appointed a RCUK Academic Fellow (Roberts Fellow) in 2006 at the University of Southampton, Lecturer in 2008, Associate Professor in 2013 and then Professor in 2015. She is a Chartered Physicist.

Liudi currently leads a research group of 7 PhD students and 3 postdoctoral fellows with research projects spanning multidisciplinary areas of electromechanical sensors/actuators, functional materials and intelligent systems for many applications including e.g. biomedical, smart body interface, intelligent sensor/actuator systems, gait biomechanics, micro/nanoelectromechanical systems, and energy harvesting. She is currently the Director of Research for the Engineering Sciences Academic Unit.

Professor Jiang is currently the Chair of the ISPO UK Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 which will be held in Southampton in October 2018.

For Liudi - “It’s important for research to have a broad view … the excitement comes from engineering advanced materials, devices and intelligent systems for new technologies which address unmet application needs.”

 

Professor Peter Kyberd

Peter Kyberd

Professor Peter Kyberd has a degree in Science from Durham University and a Masters and a PhD in engineering from Southampton University. During the 1990s he worked at the Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre (part of Oxford University), where he was involved in a range of orthopaedic related projects. He created the first prosthetic limb to be controlled by a microprocessor which was worn in the field by a patient. He was also part of the team that created the first prosthetic arm that was controlled via a communications bus and has been worn by users in the field since the late nineties.

From 2000 Peter was a lecturer at Reading University, where he was part of a team that performed the first implant of a bi-directional nerve sensor on a healthy human being. In 2003 he took up a Canada Research Chair at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.

In July 2015 he returned to the UK as Head of the Engineering Science Department at the University of Greenwich.

Peter was on the organising committee of the ISPO World Congress in Vancouver in 2007 and was the chair of the Myoelectric Controls (MEC) Symposia at the University of New Brunswick in 2005, 2008 and 2011. Peter has also played an integral part in the Canadian ISPO national members meetings 2011, 2013 and 2015.

He chaired the Trent International Prosthetics Symposium (TIPS) held in Glasgow 28th - 30th September 2016 and was on the committee for the International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics - ICORR'17 held in London, July 2017.

He is currently co-chair of the combined TIPS/ISPO/BACPAR meeting which will be held in Salford Manchester in March 2019.

 

Dr Ramesh Munjal MS FRCS

Ramesh Munjal

Ramesh Munjal studied medicine in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India and obtained a Masters in General Surgery in 1980 from Gujarat University. He moved to the UK in 1985 and obtained his FRCS in 1988.

Dr Munjal joined rehabilitation medicine in 1996 and works as a consultant in Neuro- Rehabilitation and Prosthetics and Orthotics for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he is Clinical Lead for Specialised Rehab services. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. With wide experience in teaching at various grades he finds this role greatly satisfying and enjoyable.

Ramesh joined the ISPO UK Member Society Executive Committee in September 2010 and was Chair of the Scientific Committee in 2012 - the 40th anniversary of ISPO UK – where he was instrumental in organising the joint ISPO/BACPAR conference. He has presented papers at national and international conferences on his research interests which include management of complex postural and seating problems in patients with brain injury particularly hypoxic brain injury, and new methods in management of Phantom limb pain.

 

Terry Pond

Terry Pond

Terry is a Rehabilitation Engineer based at the Rehabilitation Engineering Division in the Medical Engineering and Physics Department at Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London.

He has worked in the prosthetic service for over 25 years, initially with a commercial prosthetic company before joining “Kings” in 2002 where he covers Crystal Palace and Gillingham.

Terry serves on various committees representing his profession and has been an ISPO member since 2005.

He is currently Chair of the Publications Committee with overall responsibility for ISPO UK communications, including website and social media.

 

Dr Imad Sedki

Imad Sedki

Dr Imad Sedki is currently part of the small minority of doctors in the UK who dedicate their full-time career to working with amputees and people with congenital limb deficiencies. He works at both the Prosthetic Rehabilitation Units in Stanmore and Luton and chairs the Special Interest Group for Amputee Medicine in the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine. He is also one of two convenors for the Advance Amputee Rehabilitation Course which is held annually in Stanmore, and an active member of the Inter-Regional Prosthetic Audit Group which includes 9 Prosthetic Centres in the South East of England.

Imad studied medicine at Damascus University, graduating in 1997. He obtained a Masters degree in Orthopaedic Surgery from Dundee University in 2002, and gained membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2004. He then joined the North London Training Programme for Rehabilitation Medicine in 2006 and became a consultant in 2010.

His specialist clinical interests include phantom limb pain, specific residual limb problems, rehabilitation medicine and amputee rehabilitation. His research interests include phantom limb pain management, prescribing prosthetic components and congenital limb deficiencies.

Dr Sedki is a member of the British Society for Rehabilitation Medicine and ISPO. He will chair the ISPO UK Member Society Annual Scientific Meeting in 2020 and can be contacted at imad.sedki@rnoh.nhs.uk

 

Ex-officio members

Laura Burgess

Laura graduated as a chartered physiotherapist in 1990 and currently works with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She has been a clinical specialist in amputation for almost 25 years with extensive experience in vascular and plastics/trauma. She has been involved in research investigating the use of compression therapy in the UK and prosthetic use following discharge from rehabilitation and has published papers on service evaluation and audit, compression therapy and outcome measurements.

Laura is an active member of the British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR) and of ISPO – at both national and international level. She has served as Honorary Secretary and Chair of the ISPO UK Member Society and is now serving on the ISPO Executive Board as Honorary Secretary as well as chairing the Membership and Marketing Committee.

 

Professor Rajiv Hanspal, MBBS, DSc, FRCP (UK), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Edin)

Recently retired, Professor Rajiv Hanspal was formerly a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at the Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge and at Stanmore Disablement Services Centre, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.

He is Immediate Past-President of the ISPO International Executive Board; a past Chairman of the ISPO UK Member Society; past President of the British Society for Rehabilitation Medicine; past President of the Amputee Medical Rehabilitation Society and has served on several committees, sub-committees and working groups in the UK generally relating to amputations, prosthetics and congenital limb deficiencies. He has also acted as Convenor of the Annual Course on Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation and served on the NHS Clinical Reference Group for Specialist Commissioning.

Professor Hanspal’s research interests include amputee and prosthetics rehabilitation; service developments and standards; pain and phantom limb; clinical standards and outcomes; consequences of amputation; direct skeletal fixation and congenital limb deficiency.

In 2012 Professor Hanspal wa awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science for Services to Medicine and in 2014, the prestigious George Murdoch Prize Medal for his paper entitled “Rehabilitation for Amputation and Limb Deficiency – the People, the Process and the Product”.


Dr T Lal Landham, MBBS, FRCS (Ed), FRCP

Dr Lal Landham is a Lead Clinician for Rehabilitation Services with a special interest in the rehabilitation of patients following traumatic brain injury and stroke. He leads the regional spasticity service in West Kent and provides Botulinum ToxinA treatment for focal spasticity.

Dr Landham is a member of the Clinical Reference Group, NHS England and the Veteran Prosthetic Panel, NHS England. He is a former chair of the ISPO UK Member Society and was involved in writing the “Standards and Guidelines for Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation”.

Prior to taking on his consultant role in Kent, Dr Landham was a Harvard Orthopaedic Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA.

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