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Joint Action News Boxing Day Dipper raises funds for Joint Action If you’d have been at The Sunny Sands in Folkestone, Kent on a cold Boxing Day in 2012, you would have seen an extraordinary sight – a huge crowd of people in fancy dress (especially a lot of Santa Claus’) all having a swim in the sea to raise money for their favourite charity.

One such fundraiser was the very brave Alan Horton, 70 years old from Dover, who raised £40 through “The Lions Club” and decided to donate this money to Joint Action for Trauma & Orthopaedic research. Alan (pictured left), who has had a new knee and a new hip, dressed as a caveman to have his dip in the English Channel.

Thanks Alan! What a star!

Giving their brains a physical in Scunthorpe Orthocard™ Holder and Supporter, Mike Hartley organised a local quiz night to raise money for Joint Action. The sell-out quiz (complete with fish and chip supper) was held at St Hugh’s Church in Scunthorpe and raised £120 for Joint Action and £120 for the church. Mike said, “The quiz was a success and everyone enjoyed themselves and we shall probably make this an annual event.

The reason I organised the quiz was to raise money for Joint Action, being made aware of the importance of the charity and the need for money for research, after my hip operation last June. The support after the operation was great.”

Thanks Mike! A fantastic way to fundraise! Joint Action News – March 2013

Recycle4Charity – Helping Joint Action and the environment We mentioned in an edition of Joint Action News last year that we had registered with Recycle4Charity so that our supporters would be able to recycle their inkjet, laser and toner cartridges and old mobile phones to raise money for Joint Action. Since then, many of you registered on their website to request envelopes and boxes and, at the time of writing, we have received £58.05 from Recycle4Charity – it’s all

thanks to you!

Do you want to have your say


The British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) Patient Liaison Group (PLG) is seeking to recruit a number of new lay members. The PLG is committed to achieving improvements for patients needing orthopaedic treatment and also nurturing a constructive dialogue between both orthopaedic surgeon and patient. The PLG Terms of Reference can be found on the BOA website:

£58.05 may not seem like very much but when you think about the fact it’s empty cartridges and old mobile phones – this is a fantastic amount of money. For those of you who are web savvy, you can register your details at and select Joint Action (British Orthopaedic Association) as a beneficiary. For those of you who don’t have the use of a computer then please call the Joint Action office on 020 7406 1767 to request a Recycle4Charity envelope.

We are looking for applications from individuals with significant experience of and an interest in resource management, communication and advocacy, and cultural change. While extensive experience of the healthcare arena is not essential, applicants should have a keen interest in and knowledge of current issues and future intended dynamics across the health sector. The Patient Liaison Group meets three times a year at the BOA offices in London. The Association will pay travel and subsistence expenses for attendance at meetings but no other fees or expenses will be paid.


apply, please send your CV accompanied by a covering letter to before 5 April 2013. Joint Action News – March 2013

In The Spotlight

Michelle Odumenya – University of Warwick Michelle applied for a 12 month grant from Joint Action back in 2011. Michelle’s was one of three grants we awarded in that year. We have put Michelle and her project under the spotlight so we can show you what she has been up to since her grant award; how your support has made a difference and how it benefits you and the future of Trauma & Orthopaedics.

Research: The effect of different types of knee replacement surgery on knee extension

Summary: Severe arthritis confined to

Benefit to patients: The preliminary analysis of the results has identified important differences between the two types of joint replacements. Dissemination of these findings through written publication and oral presentation will provide valuable information for surgeons and design engineers. Further, more sophisticated research can now be performed using the method and findings of this initial study as a benchmark. This will involve using a complex rig which takes into consideration movement of the hip, ankle and foot joints during the motions of walking, stair-climbing and rising from a chair. The rig has yet to be fully constructed and will need further research funding. Completion of this work and future research will better inform surgeons regarding which type of replacement offers a better functioning quadriceps mechanism. This is imperative in helping patients regain their quality of life.

the patellofemoral joint (the area around the knee-cap) can be treated with joint replacement surgery. This involves either replacing the patellofemoral joint only with a patellofemoral replacement (PFR) or replacing the whole knee joint with a total knee replacement (TKR). There is much deliberation about which treatment offers better function for the patient. Good functional outcome is significantly dependent on the performance of the quadriceps mechanism (muscles at the front of the thigh), that is, how easy it is to straighten the knee from a flexed position. This mechanism is important in walking, stairclimbing and rising from a chair. Patients who have TKR surgery can experience quadriceps weakness; the magnitude of this problem following PFR is yet to be identified. The aim of this novel lab-based research was to assess the differences in function of the quadriceps mechanism following you My grant was £8,970. 359 of PFR and TKR. this – do to made it possible for me thank you so much

Joint Action News – March 2013

Joint Action

– Will You Run For Research

We have three fantastic challenges available for you to participate in, in conjunction with BUPA and British Gas.

British Gas Great London Swim (1 mile)

Saturday 31st August 2013 Location: Royal Victoria Dock

BUPA Great North Run (Half Marathon – 13.1 miles) Sunday 15th September 2013 Location: Newcastle/ Gateshead

BUPA Great South Run (10 miles)

Sunday 27th October 2013 Location: Southsea, Portsmouth

If you would like to run or swim in one of these or any other BUPA or British Gas event to raise money for Joint Action, go to or Alternatively, call Joint Action on 020 7406 1767.

If the above events are a little too hard-core for you then why not have a brisk walk in the sunshine (we live in hope)?! If you would like to take part in a sponsored walk to raise money for Joint Action, call us on 020 7406 1767 or go to and let us know when and where you will be doing the walk. This is a great way to fundraise AND a fantastic way of getting some exercise and making new walking friends.

Joint Action News – March 2013

Joint Action News - March 2013  

The latest edition of the JA News focuses on our supporters raising money and our new "In The Spotlight" section where we show where your mo...

Joint Action News - March 2013  

The latest edition of the JA News focuses on our supporters raising money and our new "In The Spotlight" section where we show where your mo...