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Thanks to all the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust staff who are taking park for BART in the Belfast City Half Marathon this Sunday. 

 Here's hoping the weather is kind! J

BART is delighted to be part of a pilot service improvement initiative within Musgrave Park Hospital.  Our Charity Director, Prof David Beverland,  opened the latest  Enhanced Recover After Surgery (ERAS) workshop yesterday in the MITRE Seminar Room.  He outlined a plan for going forward and was then joined by members of the multidisciplinary team who have contributed to the programme.  Each discipline discussed the challenges ahead and the session was summarised by Mr John Barr, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

All the donations are in from our annual BART walk back in June and we’re delighted to say that almost £50,000 was raised!! This will go towards improving the lives of those needing joint replacements. Thank you so much to all of our supporters - both those that attended the walk on the day and those who sent in a donation. We really appreciate the fundraising you do for us. See you next June!

Kathleen (pictured with Prof Beverland, our Charity Director) had her first hip replacement in 2008 and a second in 2015.  She is a committed BART ambassador and a regular participant at our annual walk in June.  Last year Kathleen raised £1,056.70.  She collects sponsorship from  friends and family and we are grateful to them all for their continuous support. 

I was delighted to accept a 12-month fellowship with BART from August 2018 until July 2019. Professor Beverland is highly regarded internationally as a prolific hip and knee arthroplasty surgeon with a relentless pursuit of better outcomes for patients. I had heard him present at several conferences during my initial orthopaedic training in the Republic of Ireland and was impressed by his high quality research and novel techniques, delivered in his unassuming way. I attended a knee arthroplasty visitation at Musgrave Park Hospital and spoke to two Irish trainees who had recently completed arthroplasty fellowships in the unit and who spoke very highly of their experience.

Working with Professor Beverland, Mr Laurence Cusick, Mr Dennis Molloy, Mr Seamus O’Hagan and Mr Iain Dobie, the fellowship provided exposure to high volume primary joint arthroplasty. On the total hip replacement side, I learned the key techniques pioneered in the unit for restoring native hip biomechanics by re-establishing hip centre of rotation, femoral head centre and femoral offset, as well as techniques to achieve reliable acetabular component version, inclination, height and depth. On the knee replacement side, I had previously been exposed almost exclusively to the measured resection philosophy using cemented components. The gap balancing philosophy using Professor Beverland’s unique method of balancing the soft tissues by bony cuts, and the use of cementless components was all very new to me, but once mastered is highly effective, efficient and versatile. My trainers provided me with ideal levels of supervision and support, allowing me to operate progressively more independently as I gained experience and efficiency. I was impressed by the friendly, supportive general environment that prevails at Musgrave Park.   Although primary hip and knee total joint arthroplasty was the focus of my fellowship, I gained exposure to unicondylar knee arthroplasty, revision hip arthroplasty and hip arthroscopy. 

My time at Musgrave Park Hospital also provided insight into the merits of a well-functioning Outcomes Unit, and an effective Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program.

BART is known for its high-impact research output, and provided me with great research opportunities.  Our paper on gait analysis at long term follow-up after bilateral hip replacement surgery was published in a reputable journal and won an award for joint best paper at this year’s Irish Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting. My research project assessing three methods of acetabular component orientation provided me with a welcomed opportunity to dabble with electronics again, a former occupation of mine from the dim and distant past!

I’ve had a very enjoyable, rewarding fellowship here and would highly recommend the BART fellowship to any orthopaedic surgeon pursuing a career in hip and knee arthroplasty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our research would not be possible without the important donations we receive throughout the year. So please help us further our work by sending a donation today.

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