Pitch An Idea
(read our BOTA Statement here)

1. Trainee suggest collaborative research project idea

2. Trainee will be requested to make a project toolkit, similar to previous projects here 

3. Suitable associate surgical special lead (ASSL) with oversight from trauma, paediatrics and elective surgical specialty lead (SSL) will perform a SWOT analysis 

4. Project discussed in monthly BOTA ASSL meeting, chaired by the academic representative

5. If project is felt suitable and high yield for trainee involvement it will be badged by BOA, BOTA and RCS England. It will be disseminated via official channels 

6. Please ensure project launch and dissemination after discussion with BOA, BOTA ASSL meeting has been conducted, as this may prevent endorsement by BOTA


Have an Idea?

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Meet The SSL

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Professor Xavier Griffin


(Trauma SSL)



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Professor Xavier Griffin spearheads academic orthopaedics at QMUL and Barts Health, having joined as the inaugural chair of Bone & Joint Health. Xavier’s vision is for worldclass excellence in research and clinical academic training; providing opportunity for the next generation of clinician scientists to realise their aspirations.

Xavier is a NIHR Clinician Scientist and has been awarded over £10m of research funding. His research is focused on the clinical and cost effectiveness of new and existing treatments to improve bone and joint health and has been cited by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. He has a passion for developing methodologies which harness the speed, power and efficiency of routinely-collected data but are coupled with the great advantages of randomisation.

Xavier’s clinical expertise is orthopaedic trauma surgery specialising in pelvic fractures. He enjoys working as part of the team at the busiest orthopaedic trauma hospital in Europe – The Royal London.

Speaker, ‘Simple Ankle Fractures in Complicated Patients – What Do We Really Know?’ – BOFAS/OTS Revalidation
Speaker, 'Knowledge into Practice – Trials in Orthopaedic Trauma’ – OTS Revalidation
Speaker, ‘The WHiTE Hip Fracture Studies: The Ghosts of Past, Present and Future’ – Hunterian Lecture
Speaker, '360 Revalidation Upper Limb, Trauma and Paediatrics (BJ360)'
Speaker, 'BOA Research Committee: Research for Optimising Orthopaedics'
Speaker, 'National Hip Fracture Database – Driving Quality Improvement in Hip Fracture Care and Beyond'

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Mr Paul Baker

(Elective SSL)


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Paul trained and currently works in the North East of England. He specialises in lower limb arthroplasty with a specific interest in revision knee surgery. He is a member of the BASK revision knee working group and sits on the BASK research committee. His research interests include the delivery of occupational advice to facilitate return to work after surgery, interactive platforms to educate and support patients undergoing hip and knee replacement and the measurement of patient experience and satisfaction. During his training he was the inaugural National Joint Registry (NJR) research fellow, and also founded the North Easts trainee orthopaedic research group (CORNET).

Paul is the current Research and Innovation Director for South Tees NHS Trust. He has worked with the NIHR CRN in a number of roles leading the injuries and emergencies and orthopaedic portfolios in the North East and North Cumbria region. Since November 2019 Paul has been the Royal College of Surgeons of England speciality lead for adult orthopaedics and is involved with their MSK robotic surgery programme. He is an NIHR HTA grant holder for the OPAL study (Occupational advice for Patients undergoing Arthroplasty of the Lower limb) which was conducted in collaboration with the BOA surgical trails centre at York Clinical Trails Unit. He has published over 75 research papers predominantly focussing on registry knee replacement outcomes, patient reported outcome measures and returning to work after joint arthroplasty.


Professor Daniel Perry

(Paediatric SSL)



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Daniel Perry is Associate Professor of Children’s Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford, an NIHR Clinician Scientist and a Consultant Children's Orthopaedic Surgeon Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. 

Dan has united surgeons throughout the UK, such that they are now working together to change the face of children’s research worth about £7m. Dan’s love is to make clinical trials accessible – both to children, parents and surgeons. He keenly integrates cartoons, animations, videos and text message communication to make trials easy for everyone! 

Dan is a member of the NIHR HTA Commissioning Board, is an Editor of the Bone and Joint Journal and is the clinical lead for hip screening within Public Health England.

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Mr Michalis Panteli


(Trauma Associate SSL)



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Michalis is currently an arthroplasty fellow in Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, as well as an honorary Lecturer for University of Leeds. Following the completion of his PhD on “Molecular and Biological Profile on non-union tissue”, he was appointed as an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedics at University of Leeds in 2019, where he continues his laboratory and clinical research activities. His main academic interest lies in the field of bone healing basic sciences including the sequelae of trauma, as well as hip reconstruction and replacement. In 2020 he was awarded with the role of the associate Surgical Specialty Lead (aSSL) for trauma, through an initiative of BOA / RCS (Eng), through which he assists in creating the research strategy for multicentre and collaborative national trials.

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Mr Jonathan Evans

(Elective Associate SSL)



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Jonathan is an ST8 in Trauma & Orthopaedics on the HESW(Peninsula) rotation, he completed his MD at the University of Bristol entitled “Extended benchmarking in hip replacement” as part of the NJR/RCS(Eng) fellowship. He was subsequently appointed as an NIHR ACL in Trauma & Orthopaedics at the University of Bristol in 2019, where he is the programme director of the MSc in Orthopaedic Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine. He is currently the BOA Associate Sub-Specialty Lead for adult orthopaedic research and was appointed as the Clinical Fellow of the National Hip Fracture Database in 2021. His current, primary research interest is in peri-prosthetic femoral fracture and he is completing an analysis of HES linked NJR data investigating the epidemiology of peri-prosthetic fracture sponsored by Orthopaedic Research UK.

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Mr Kartik Logishetty

(Paediatric Associate SSL)



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Kartik is an ST7 in Trauma & Orthopaedics on the North West London rotation. He was an AFP in Oxford and an NIHR ACF in London. His completed a PhD at Imperial College London on “Technology and hip arthroplasty – acquiring skills and improving outcomes” funded by the Royal College of Surgeons. Kartik is currently an NIHR Clinical Lecturer at Imperial’s MSk Lab, working with a multidisciplinary team on a program of research on surgical training and performance science in orthopaedics. Kartik is a co-lead on the MSc in Surgical Innovation and the MEd in Surgical Education at Imperial, the club doctor for London Skolars rugby club, and a content editor for the Bone and Joint Journal.

Meet The Associate SSL


Following the release of the BOTA's new research decision tree, in collaboration with RCS England, BOA's surgical specialty lead and associates, BOTA's position regarding disseminating survey requests was discussed at length at the latest BOTA committee meeting 

The meeting held at BOA Congress Aberdeen September 2021, unanimously agreed that BOTA will only support dissemination requests for projects that materially benefit the entire BOTA membership 

This means that BOTA is not able to badge any survey requests or publicise them via official channels unless they are vetted via the research decision tree - www.bota.org.uk/pitchanidea

This has been done to ensure compelte transparency 

Please contact us at academic@bota.org.uk for any queries

However, we understand that some surveys may tackle pertinent clinical questions or from the basis of a trainee's application for grants or higher degrees. We are happy to discuss these on individual basis or signpost the appropriate channels such as regional collaboratives or sub-specialty trainee committees