Who are the team behind Bespoke?

Mr Manoj Ramachandran – Consultant Paediatric and Young Adult Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal London Hospital and Honorary Reader, Queen Mary, University of London

Prinicipal investigator and Project Lead

Manoj Ramachandran is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in paediatric and young adult orthopaedics and trauma at Barts Health, based at The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s and Barts and The London Children’s Hospitals. He is the Chief of Paediatric Orthopaedics, Clinical Informatics Officer (CIO) and the Director of Informatics and Innovation for Surgery and Cancer. His clinical interests are in paediatric orthopaedics and trauma, especially of the lower limb, and the young adult hip and knee (including arthroscopy of the hip and knee, preservation and sports injuries).

He qualified from King’s College School of Medicine in London and has completed three fellowships in paediatric and young adult orthopaedics and trauma in Sydney, California and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. In 2007 he moved to the Royal London, St Bartholomew’s and Barts and The London Children’s Hospitals.

Manoj has built international research collaborations globally and is an Honorary Reader and Director of Musculoskeletal Translational Research at the Institute of Bioengineering at QMUL.

Manoj had always been a keen cyclist until he was knocked off his bike in London and suffered lacerations to his forehead, despite his head having been protected by a helmet. Since then he has been an advocate for bicycle safety and prevention of injuries.

Contact Manoj and the rest of the Bespoke team via bespoke@bartshealth.nhs.uk

Professor Tim Harris – Professor of Emergency Medicine

Tim Harris is Professor of Emergency Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust and QMUL, London, UK. He trained in Emergency Medicine, Pre-Hospital Care and Intensive Care Medicine in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He has also worked in Africa, India and various Pacific Islands, as well as a few cruise boats.

Currently, his roles include Research Lead Department Emergency Medicine at Barts Health and QMUL, CLRN Injuries and Emergencies Lead for the North Thames region, and Chair of the London School of Emergency Medicine Academic Committee. His interests are focused ultrasound, resuscitation, point of care diagnosis, medical education and procedural sedation.

Previously a keen cyclist, a couple of near misses and a job that involves caring for cyclists across the streets of London now sees him exercise by running rather than cycling, and travelling to work by Tube.

Ms Jamila Kassam – Research Physiotherapist 

Jamila qualified as a physiotherapist from UWE Bristol before starting work as a physiotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital. Having completed a variety of rotations as a junior and senior physiotherapist, Jamila was awarded a scholarship by the Medical Research Council to complete a Research Master’s Degree at Imperial College London. After completing her degree and having achieved a distinction, Jamila worked in a number of London Hospitals within orthopaedics whilst studying online to complete a statistics certificate through Harvard University, School of Public Health.

Jamila joined the Orthopaedic Department in April 2013 in a new role as a research physiotherapist, working with Manoj Ramachandran to initially build a research infrastructure, and is now delivering and developing research studies.

Jamila used to cycle happily in the West Country, however, having worked in a number of orthopaedic departments, seeing cycling related injuries, she now favours a spin bike at the gym. Jamila has a strong interest in trauma epidemiology and exploring the outcomes of patients who have sustained injuries as a result of trauma.

Mr Jason Pott – Lead Emergency Department Research Nurse

Jason leads the Barts Health Emergency Department research team with Prof Harris. He trained as a nurse at Leeds University before moving to London. Jason has worked at the Royal London Hospital since qualifying, initially working with older people and those who had suffered strokes, before moving in 2007 to work in the Emergency Department.

Nursing in the Emergency Department has always been a passion for Jason, having worked in the Leeds General Infirmary and Jimmies while at Leeds University. After three years working as a nurse in the Emergency Department at the Royal London, Jason took up the newly created role of Emergency Department Research Nurse, working with Tim Harris. Since 2010 Jason has delivered and developed research studies in the Emergency Departments of Barts Health and created the sizable research nurse team, which he leads. He is currently completing an MRes at King’s College University London.

Jason is a keen cyclist who has commuted in London since 2006 and has had several close calls and near misses while travelling throughout the capital. Jason also cycles for fun, having completed the John O’Groats to Lands End in 2009, and numerous cycle rides from London to Cardiff to raise money for charity. Free weekends are more likely to see him getting his bike muddy in the North Downs rather than pedalling on tarmac.

Ms Belinda Dee – Director of Development at Barts Charity

Belinda is Director of Development at Barts Charity, directing the major gifts team and contributing to the strategic goals of the Charity. She generates support for innovative projects across Barts Health NHS Trust. Having completed a degree in Physiological Sciences at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, Belinda moved to London to work in business development, advertising and strategic brand planning. She participated in a life-changing charity bike ride across Namibia in 2008 which led her to change careers, putting her marketing experience and strategic skills to good use at Barts Charity. Since then, Belinda has become a key member of the Charity’s senior management team and continues to be driven by her passion for good health and equality across London.

Belinda is a keen cyclist, and has completed a number of international challenges since her introduction to cycling in Namibia. She commutes daily by bicycle, despite a minor accident and subsequent head injury in 2013. Belinda is acutely aware of the serious incidents involving cyclists in London through her work with the Royal London Hospital, but firmly believes that the benefits of cycling outweigh the risks. Belinda launched the Barts Charity Safe Cycling Appeal in January 2014 following a unique multidisciplinary cycling seminar hosted by Jon Snow, and is determined to promote and encourage safer cycling for all.

Dr Dianna Smith – 
Lecturer in Trauma Epidemiology 

Dr Dianna Smith is a lecturer in trauma epidemiology. She is an experienced lecturer at the postgraduate level, having led modules in health inequalities and migration. Dianna trained in geography with a focus on public health and brings this expertise to her teaching and research; she is working on several projects which assess the relationship between local environments, populations and incidence of injury or ill health. She held an MRC research fellowship in small-area health estimation and continues to run workshops on mapping health data using GIS.

Ms Rowanne Eeles – Research Associate

Rowanne qualified in Physiotherapy from Oxford Brookes in 2009 before starting her junior rotations at Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS trust. Having completed a range of rotations as a junior, Rowanne started working as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Ealing NHS Trust where she worked for a year before moving to Barts NHS Trust to continue working as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in 2014.

Rowanne joined the Orthopaedic Research team in April 2016 working as a part time research associate for the Bespoke Study, alongside her musculoskeletal role.  She will be working with the team recruiting patients, promoting the study, collecting and analyzing data. Having seen many patients with cycling related injuries, Rowanne has a keen interest in understanding more about cycling incidents in London. Previously cycling in Oxford, Rowanne is keen to increase cycling participation within London.

Ms Chloe Keith-Jopp – Research Associate

Chloe attended Brighton University and qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2011. After completing a variety of Junior rotations across Leeds and Surrey, Chloe then specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at Barts Health NHS Trust in 2014.

Chloe joined the Bespoke Team in April 2016 as a research associate and is focused on study promotion as well as recruitment and data collection. She is from a family of commuting cyclists so is passionate about cycling safety in London.

Following receiving a bike for a Christmas present from her Dad, Chloe is enthusiastic about the study and is keen to get on the cycling commute!