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The London Orthotic Consultancy has six fully-qualified clinicians who have a vast amount of experience in the field of orthotics, cranial remoulding therapy, scoliosis, chest deformities, rehabilitation and posture management. This allows the clinic to effectively treat and manage a wide range of conditions.

All of our clinicians are fully-qualified professionals and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The orthotists and prosthetists are members of the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO). All of our clinicians adhere to a strict code of conduct and ethics as laid down by their respective professional bodies and the HCPC.

Jo Drake

Jo qualified in 1998 with a degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Salford University. After graduating she took up a post as Prosthetist at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. She later joined the Rehabilitation team at Queen Mary's Hospital as Senior Prosthetist and was heavily involved with clinical governance and establishment of best practice prescription guidelines.

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Saeed Hamid

Saeed qualified as an Orthotist in 1990. He was Senior Orthotist at Queen Mary's Hospital, London where he was involved in all aspects of Orthotic Management of adults and children. He has undergone extensive training in the orthotic treatment of Plagiocephaly using cranial remoulding orthoses.

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Sam Walmsley

Sam qualified in 2001 with a degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Salford University. After graduating he took up a post as orthotist at Basingstoke NHS trust where he received post graduate training in paediatric orthotics. He later joined the team at Queen Mary's Hospital, London and developed wider skills which included Adult and Paediatric Neuro rehabilitation and complex foot and ankle orthotics. He is also a fully qualified Vabene posture therapist.

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Sally Hews

Sally qualified as an Orthotist and Prosthetist in 2003.She has worked both in the private sector and for the NHS. She has extensive experience in cranial remoulding therapy for the treatment of Positional Plagiocephaly. She is also a specialist in Lower Limb Biomechanics and in the design of custom made Orthoses using the Parotec CADCAM system .In 2017 Sally was certificated in Schroth Best Practice for the bracing treatment of scoliosis.

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Alan Hews

Alan qualified in 2003 with a degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Salford University. Since graduating he has been working within the South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust. Most recently running three clinics: Paediatric, Orthopaedic and Diabetic Feet.

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David Williams

David was awarded a Ist class honours degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics in 2004. Prior to joining LOC he was an orthotic clinical specialist at Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust.

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While at Guy's David established and managed both inpatient and community specialist MDT paediatric / diabetes and orthopaedic clinics.

Anna Courtney

Anna qualified from The University of Strathclyde in 2014 with a first class honours degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

After graduating, Anna spent some time in Haiti working alongside a Prosthetic & Orthotic Charity where she was heavily involved with both the clinical and practical aspects of patient care. This work was very challenging, especially in the 40 degree heat, but was much needed after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Prior to joining LOC Anna worked for Blatchford at Charing Cross Hospital working both in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

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Joanne Ward

General Manager to LOC Consultancy and Manufacturing responsible for the smooth running of both companies, with a wealth of management experience in the private and public sectors stretching back over a decade. Highly qualified in all aspects of HR, Health & Safety and company policy.

Stacey Hardman

Stacey is a Clinical Administrator and has the unenviable task of ‘looking after’ Alan and David. Stacey joined the team in October 2012 after working in administration for 8 years for her previous employer.

Ana Sanchez

Ana is one of our Clinical Administrators and has the difficult task of organising Sam’s clinical schedule. She joined LOC in early 2012 having worked in the hospitality industry after coming to England from Spain. Fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Diane Shapton

Clinical PA at LOC Consultancy since it was founded after working at Queen Mary's with LOC's company directors as a medical secretary. Extensive knowledge of orthotic treatments after working in medical industry for the past 15 years.

Manchula Sivalogarajah

Account administrator joined LOC Consultancy in 2010 working closely with the General Manager and Directors, dealing with all aspects of accounts and a key member of the team.

Jason Wilkerson

Jason is Workshop Manager at LOC Manufacturing having previously worked in the NHS for 13 years specialising in plastics and plaster work.

Philip Gipps

Philip is Quality Controller at LOC Manufacturing having previously worked in the NHS for over 25 years.

Joseph Hill

Technician at LOC Manufacturing.Previously served 4 years in the Navy as a weapons engineer. Responsible for insoling, plasterwork and banding.

Magdalena Dworakowska

Magda is our newest recruit, joining us from Thames River Physiotherapy where she was administrator/receptionist. Magda has an MA in English Philology from Polonia University, Poland and spent a post-graduate year there studying Criminal Science. She is fluent in English and Polish (unsurprisingly) and has a good command of Italian.

Magda is our full time receptionist but has additional administrative duties.

Ruban Neminathan

CAD/CAM technician, specialising in the modelling of LOCband orthoses, Ruban joined LOC in June 2013. He has a Diploma in Prosthetics and Orthotics and has previously worked as an Orthotic technician.

Simon Studwick

Simon is Senior Technician at LOC Manufacturing, having joined from Blatchford's in September 2014. He has just completed a Foundation Degree in Clinical Technologies at South Bank University.

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