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).

With the backing of these three groups this site aims to become the virtual platform for orthopaedic research and education across the west midlands.

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

The BON project is being led by the following team:



Usman Ahmed MBBS PhD FRCS(Tr&Orth) – Founder and Chairman 2017/18

Joining the BOTP as an ST1 in 2010, Usman attained his PhD in 2013 and FRCS(Tr&Orth) in 2017.

The Birmingham Orthopaedic Network is a project that has evolved over several years of casual conversations with various individuals about how to improve research, audit, education and training in orthopaedics in the region. Development of the BON is part of the project requirements for Usman as a BOA Clinical Leadership Fellow (supported by a bursary granted by HEE West Midlands) and is geared towards developing and delivering a virtual platform backed up by infrastructure improvements and collaboration. 

Holding the position of inaugural chairman of the BON, his focus has been on developing solid foundations which has only been possible with the dedication and support of an excellent team. 

Follow on Twitter – @OrthopaedicOz


Emir Battaloglu MB ChB MRCS – Research & Audit Lead

Emir joined the BOTP as an ST3 in 2014 and has developed a keen interest in trauma surgery. His expansive eye and dedication to service improvement has led to him taking a lead role incoordinating and developing regional audit projects which aim to, as a minimum, include all BOTP participating hospitals.



Okezika Uhiara BM BCh FRCS(Tr&Orth) – Education & Training Lead

Okezika joined the BOTP as ST1 in 2009 and attained his FRCS(Tr&Orth) in 2018. He has an interest in education and will be coordinating expansion of BONs educational activities whilst also continuing the development of the BOTP Simulation Training Modules.




Shahbaz Malik MB BCh MSc (OrthEng) LLM FRCS(Tr&Orth) – Education & Training Support

Shahbaz joined the BOTP as an ST1 in 2010, obtained his MSc in Orthopaedic Engineering from Cardiff in 2014, his FRCS(Tr&Orth) in 2017 and LLM from Cardiff in 2018.

He has an interest in education and is currently managing the development of the BON Core Surgical Trainee section of the site. As well as organising and publicising the Naughton Dunn Educational Meeting.



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.



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!



Uzo Ehiogu BSc BSc MSc MCSP MMACP CSCS- Clinical Teaching Fellow, Specialist Musculoskeletal PhysiotherapistRoyal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Inside Edge Physiotherapy

Uzo Ehiogu is a clinical teaching fellow at ROH in Birmingham and is also Clinical Director of Inside Edge Physiotherapy a specialist clinic for climbers and outdoor recreational athletes. He is a rehabilitation and human movement professional using rehabilitation and conditioning systems that promote physical and mental robustness. 

Uzo is a Strength and Conditioning Coach, visiting Guest Lecturer (on UK Masters of Science programmes in Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine) and is a Member of Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. 

Uzo has taken a keen interest in developing the BON website for Undergraduate medical students. 

He is a Keen Climber and multi sports recreational athlete and a former Royal Marines Commando and Military Parachutist.



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.



Executive Committee

Registrars – Mr E Battaloglu, Mr O Uhiara, Mr S Malik, Mr K Osman, Mr R Nandra

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