BTS 2018 takes place in Manchester on the 7th and 8th November 2018

Further information to follow – please check our website for regular updates

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Mr Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly is the lead for orthopaedic trauma in the North Bristol Major Trauma Centre. He is a graduate of King’s College London, completed his orthopaedic training in Edinburgh and undertook the trauma fellowship in Vancouver. He was appointed in North Bristol in 2009.

He maintains a specialist interest in upper and lower limb trauma, particularly periarticular fractures. North Bristol also boasts a very effective orthoplastic unit that has a massive expertise in the treatment of severe open fractures and continues to push the conventional approaches to treatment of these injuries. In the follow up of complex trauma, both he and his colleagues push a much more pro-active approach to recovery.

He is an active member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Society, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the British Orthopaedic Association Trauma Revalidation programme. His teaching focuses on case-based approaches and technical tips.

Professor Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Pre-Hospital Care Specialist working at both Imperial College (mainly St Mary’s Major Trauma Centre) and as an Air Ambulance doctor.

He is a Clinical Professor specialising in Brain Injury at Imperial and Honorary Professor of Pre-Hospital Care (the Gibson Chair) at the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

His specialist areas are acute brain injury (mostly traumatic brain injury) and its very early management. Mark is co-director of the Imperial Neurotrauma Centre and co-founder of GoodSAM, a revolutionary platform that alerts doctors, nurses, paramedic and those trained in basic life support to emergencies around them.

Professor Fiona Lecky

Fiona Lecky is Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Sheffield, holds an Honorary Chair at the University of Manchester and is an Honorary Consultant Emergency Physician at Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

She is also Research Director of the Trauma Audit and Research Network – the largest European Trauma Registry (

Fiona chaired the 2014 NICE Head Injury Guideline Development Group and is an investigator for “Collaborative European Neurotrauma Effectiveness Research in Traumatic Brain Injury (CENTER-TBI)” a multicentre 21 European Country Study to improve understanding of “the most complex disease in the most complex organ

Mr Ananda Nanu

Ananda Nanu trained in the north-east of England and Liverpool where he completed a masters degree in orthopaedic surgery.

Currently he leads the pelvic and acetabular reconstruction service in Sunderland, providing a surgical service for the management of this complex traumatic injury. His special interests are in hip replacement and hip resurfacing procedures in the young. Ananda has contributed to several publications and is a chapter author of the Oxford Textbook of Orthopaedics (2011 edition).

Ananda is President of the British Orthopaedic Association and runs his private practice from Spire Washington Hospital.

Mr Paul Drake

Paul Drake is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon working in Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead and the Major Trauma Centre in Brighton, UK. Mr Drake’s main interests are in Burns and the management of complex lower limb trauma. Mr Drake is a Director of ResurgeAfrica, a registered charity based in Scotland that supports and provides Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical Training in West Africa, specifically Ghana and Sierra Leone.

Dr Martin Smith

Dr Martin Smith qualified as a doctor in Edinburgh in 1994. After spending a year working in New Zealand, Martin returned to the UK to pursue his career in Accident and Emergency medicine and was appointed as a Training Fellow at North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary during the (MCRU) Major Trauma Centre Trial.

Joining Salford Royal in 2002 as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Martin is now Clinical Director for the Greater Manchester Major Trauma Network. He has previously held the position of Clinical Director for Emergency Medicine and was Urgent Care Clinical Champion for the Greater Manchester Healthier Together consultation. Martin is also engaged in the pre-hospital environment with a particular interest in motorsports and continues to work alongside paramedics and fire and rescue crews.

At national level, Martin represented the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) on the Intercollegiate Committee for Services for Children in Emergency Departments. He also sat on the RCEM Service Design and Delivery Committee contributing to the College document “Initial Assessment of Emergency Department Patients.

Surgeon Lt Cdr Jowan G Penn-Barwell PhD RN

Jowan joined the Royal Navy in 2000, after passing the Commando course he was appointed as unit medical officer to 30 Commando. He deployed with them in 2006 for a 7-month operational tour in Afghanistan.

After his return he completed most of his surgical training in Birmingham, mainly at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine playing a small part in caring for returning injured service people. Alongside further operational tours of Afghanistan and Iraq he has published over 40 papers, 2 books and numerous chapters; mainly in the areas of open fracture infection, outcomes after lower limb injury, measuring survival from combat injury and Ballistics.

Following fellowship training in Canada he has been appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma surgeon at the John Radcliffe MTC in Oxford. He remains a serving RN Officer and looks forward to deploying again on the HMS Queen Elizabeth and with Commando Forces.

Mr Andy Grant

Andy is a former Royal Marine Commando and an Iraq and Afghanistan War Veteran.
While serving with 45 Commando, Royal Marines on Herrick 9 in Helmand Provence, he was critically injured by 2 IEDs, triggered by the lead man in his patrol.

He suffered 27 separate injuries and woke up 2 weeks later from a coma in Selly Oak Hospital. He stayed in hospital for a further 3 months receiving treatment. He was only 20 years old.
For the next 18 months he spent all his time in and out of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court in Surrey, where he began to adjust to life with his injuries.
With wounds to his right leg not healing as it was hoped, on the 25th of November 2010, aged only 22, he had his right leg amputated, just below the knee.

After five days in hospital and armed with a packet of paracetomol, he was discharged from hospital and headed back home to Liverpool, where he lives with his partner Leonie, and children, Payton and Brooke.
Andy recently competed in the Invictus Games winning two Gold Medals in 400m and 1,500m Men’s Ambulant IT1.