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Royal Berkshire’s Orthotic Clinical Lead becomes second Consultant Orthotist in the NHS

Nick Gallogly, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s Clinical Lead for Department of Orthotics has been appointed as a Consultant Orthotist – the second person in the UK and Ireland to be in such a post.

Nick joined Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in 2008 after graduating with honours at the University of Salford. He became the clinical lead for the Orthotics Department in 2013 and also works for GB Rowing and Para-Rowing teams as well as five premiership rugby teams and several premiership and championship football teams.

The role of Consultant Orthotist recognises Nick’s national standing in educating and training the next generation of orthotists as well as his research and clinical expertise. As the second Consultant Orthotist within the NHS, Nick will also be a strong advocate for the specialty on a national level.

Under his leadership, Nick has grown the Orthotics Department to be patient-focused: the patients voice is put at the heart of the service with a patient representative/advocate meeting with Nick Gallogly every month to discuss the service’s focus and future development. The department is also one of few in the Trust to treat patients across their lifespan: supporting people with life-long conditions from childhood into adulthood.
Speaking about his new role, Nick Gallogly said: “I’m incredibly proud to be appointed as the second Consultant Orthotist after Dr Nicky Eddison at Royal Wolverhampton – I hope I can demonstrate the value of such a position and help pave the way for many other Orthotists to achieve Consultant status in the coming years.

“I’d like to thank the Trust for their support and advocacy during this process, as well as the recognition by senior leaders of the value of appointing a Consultant Orthotist which will have a positive impact on staff motivation, recruitment, and the care and treatment of our patients.”

Janet Lippett, Chief Medical Officer for Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I have worked with Nick since I first started as Clinical Director for specialist medicine a decade ago. Back then the orthotics department was almost considered part of Trauma and Orthopaedics but under Nick’s leadership he has transformed the department and established it as a service as its own right.

“We’re incredibly proud to appoint Nick as the nation’s second Consultant Orthotist: he is a fantastic innovator and leader and we are extremely lucky to have him in this organisation. His appointment is both an accolade for Nick, his department and for Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.”

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