01 March 2022
Jack qualified from The University of Strathclyde in 2015 with an honours degree in Prosthetics & Orthotics. He has since worked in some of the most respected clinics in the UK including Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College London Hospital and The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery. Over the years, Jack has accumulated invaluable experience across a wide range of patients, both adults and children, who presented with rare, challenging conditions. He particularly enjoys working with children because of the joy they bring.
He is a former member of the Education Committee at the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists, where he has presented on a number of occasions at their annual conferences.
Jack specialises in musculoskeletal foot and ankle, hypermobility, neurological paediatric treatment, post Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) orthoses and idiopathic and neuromuscular scoliosis but is ever ready to take on a new challenge.
As someone born with a cleft lip and palate, I’ve always taken an interest in healthcare and the potential that innovation has to change lives. I’m forever grateful to the clinicians who have made a difference to my life and love this job because it enables me to find solutions to people’s problems, improve their quality of life, enabling them to return to the activities they love.
I celebrate the fact that people are diverse and have their own quirks - that’s what makes us human and interesting! As an orthotist, it’s great to be able to build relationships with my patients, to spend the time to understand them and their needs, and then have the unique opportunity to design something to meet their challenges. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing an orthosis make a tangible difference to people’s lives.
I think it’s an exciting time to be an orthotist with developments in both the manufacturing and clinical side of things.
In terms of manufacturing, it’s great to trial and combine both old and new data capture techniques and I’m always impressed when I see how precise the 3D scans are of our patients! Other than that, utilising additive manufacturing (3D printing) and unique materials like carbon fibre is great too.
Then there’s a move in healthcare to treat patients holistically, aiming not only to rehabilitate but to really optimise people’s potential and quality of life which I fully embrace. Traditional concepts are being challenged and adapted. Challenging to keep up with, but very exciting!
LOC embraces new technology and new techniques for the benefit of its patients, and I am really excited to be part of the LOC team.
Aside from watching Netflix all day? Hmm… … eating pizza?
Jokes aside, I enjoy being physically active with sports including climbing and Brazilian ju-jitsu; cooking east-Asian food and trying new recipes on my (poor) wife. I also spend quite a bit of time helping out at a local church. That aside, Netflix and pizza nights are still a favourite.
Working with LOC and Elaine has been a great experience – they really take the time to look at your child and understand their individual challenges and needs. For parents who are in the same position that we were, I would say do your research – see what clinics are available near you and what the costs are, but my feeling is it’s worth every penny.
After 10 years of daily physiotherapy and swimming, not to mention SDR, hamstring and tendon lengthening, we have finally achieved independent walking – it was a mother’s day gift that would take some beating.
LOC’s video vector technology measures exactly where Austin’s weight is being distributed, how his hips are moving and how his legs are moving. It’s those insights that have made his new AFOs so effective. Even within a few days, LOC’s splints have had more impact on his independence of movement than anything else we have done.
LOC has helped remove the stress from our situation. They have given us hope based on their extensive knowledge and expertise.
I had my brace fitted and I was also given a personalised exercise programme to help with my 3D rotation. Not only was I wearing this new brace but I still had my pectus brace on and the amazing orthotists managed to combine the two so they worked together. I really struggled with this at first; however, I kept going and now I’m really glad I did. My scoliosis overcorrected by 10 degrees and I was able to reduce my scoliosis brace wear to 16 hours a day within 6 weeks.
Currently, I am wearing my pectus brace for 12-14 hours a day and I am very happy with the results of my treatment. I am very grateful to all the amazing people at LOC and I want to thank them for helping me so much. In the year and a half since my treatment started, I have come so far and I am incredibly happy with the results and I am incredibly happy that I persevered.
We have the following facilities and amenities at our Kingston Upon Thames location:
We also have the Gait Laboratory for orthotics patients and Onsite Manufacturing for speedy turnarounds and adjustments whilst you wait.
We have the following facilities and amenities at our Cambridge location:
We have the following facilities and amenities at our Bristol location:
For more information, visit Litfield House Medical Centre.
LOC’s clinic is based in the University of Salford’s Podiatry Department and provides treatments for orthotics, scoliosis, pectus deformities, positional plagiocephaly and club foot.
It is also the base for LOC’s northern OSKAR clinic which is run by Sam Walmsley, clinical director of LOC, in conjunction with Elaine Owen MBE MSc SRP MCSP.
Clothing worn is dependent on which clinic you are attending. You will be sent a letter detailing what clothing to wear along with all other details prior to any appointment at the clinic.