About Us

@ The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

The Birmingham Orthopaedic Network came about as a trainee-led collaboration between Birmingham Orthopaedic Training Programme (BOTP) registrars, the Naughton Dunn Club (NDC), and the Medical Education Team based at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH).

Together we are building a community dedicated to research, education and training in orthopaedics across the west midlands.

If you would like to contribute or participate in BON activities, contact us!

The BON project is currently being led by the following team:



Varun Dewan MBBS FRCS(Tr&Orth) – President 2019/20

Veran has grown up through the Birmingham orthopaedic training programme, and now takes on the 2019-20 presidency with an exciting plan to build on the foundations laid in previous years with new ideas for coordinating research, education and training.

Basil Budair MBBS FRCS(Tr&Orth) – Research & Audit Lead

Basil is another stalwart of the BOTP network. His tenure as research and audit lead has now begun, with innovative new ideas about improving research continuity throughout the network with research passports. 

Omar Salah FRCS(Tr&Orth)– Education & Training Lead

Abdul Rahman Odeh MRCS- Education & Training Support

James Archer MRCS – Research and Audit Support

Rajpal Nandra MB ChB MRCS – Research & Audit Support

After an initial foray into General Practice, Raj joined the BOTP at ST3 level in 2014. He has had marked impact with numerous research activities including ongoing productive research output from laboratory work at the University of Birmingham School of Chemical Engineering looking at the elemental composition of  bone formation and pathological bone conditions using micro-XRF. He brings much welcome research expertise and will be supporting BON research and audit activity. 

Khabab Osman MB BS MRCS – BON Secretary

Khabab joined the BOTP at ST3 level in 2017. His training to date includes stints in London and Oxford with organisational skills suiting him to the post of BON Secretary. In this new role, a consequence of the rapid expansion of the BON, Khabab will oversea multiple governance issues whilst also providing support and oversight for other BON activities.

Calum Thomson BM BS MRCS – BON Secretary Support

Calum is currently at ST5 and has recently transferred to Birmingham from Merseyside where he began his training. His previous experience includes training in Anaesthesia and Adult and Paediatric Intensive Care, and Emergency Medicine in the UK and Australia. Calum is learning the ropes from his colleague Khabab Osman, in order to take over the Secretarial coordination of the BON in the near future.

Brett Ellis – Knowledge Hub and Birmingham Orthopaedic Training Programme Coordinator

Innovative and friendly. Always willing to discuss improvements to the Knowledge Hub, and willing to facilitate events and meetings within the Hub. Assisted co ordination of the January 2015 International MRI ERASMUS Muskuloskeletal Course; The FRCS ortho courses 2012 – present. Designed and implemented the ROH Undergraduate Medical Student placement timetable, with interest from other organisations to pilot the timetable at their Trusts. Completed the Management Skills Programme at the ROH in 2017, which became the main driving force behind supporting with the BON project.

Enjoy sport, mainly playing football and watching NFL!


David Richardson – Head of Education & Training – Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

I am a training and development specialist and a qualified executive coach and NLP practitioner with generalist HR experience.  My career to date has provided me with wide breadth of experience, working at a senior level within both the private sector and the public sector. I have worked at the ROH since September 2010, and am the Head of Education and Training with responsibility for Medical Education, Library Services, ROH Trust Training and Development and the operational management of the Knowledge Hub. Prior to joining the ROH, I worked for a department store retailer for 17 years, with my final role being the Learning and Development Manager for the group. In September 2017, I was elected Non-Clinical Staff Governor for the Hospital for a 3 year term, and I take pride in my role as Contact officer, supporting staff during challenging times.

I believe my personal style to be honest, authentic, engaging and professional.

Having a passion for Yoga, practicing weekly, I like to escape annually to a yoga retreat to restore balance in my life.

Charlie Buckley- Education and Training Administrator, Knowledge Hub

Executive Committee

Registrars – Mr V Dewan,  Mr O Salah, Mr C Thomson, Mr K Osman, Mr Basil Budair

Consultants  – Mr K Baloch, Mr E Bache, Mr A Gardner, Prof E Davis

Administrative – Mr D Richardson, Mr B Ellis



The following have made significant contributions to the development of this site

Uzo Ehiogu BSc BSc MSc MCSP MMACP CSCS – Senior Physiotherapist & Clinical Teaching Fellow, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Joe Barrett-Lee BMedSci BMBS MRCS – Core Surgical Trainee, West Midlands

Muaaz Tahir BSc(Hons) MBBS  – Core Surgical Trainee, West Midlands

Medical Education Team – Knowledge Hub (@ROHKnowledgeHub), Royal Orthopaedic Hospital