Laura Hoemeke

PTCF Ambassador

Laura Hoemeke, DrPH, MPH, is a global health consultant and adjunct professor, University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health.  She is a member of the board of directors of the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia Care (G4 Alliance) and the principal of Hoemeke Global, Ltd., providing technical assistance in health policy, advocacy, and communications to ministries of health, governments, multilateral institutions, and foundations. She serves as a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and several international NGOs and organizations, providing technical assistance in maternal, new-born, and child health, primary health care, and health systems strengthening.

She has worked and lived throughout Africa.  Laura received her BS in journalism at Northwestern University, her MPH at the Johns Hopkins University, and her doctorate in health policy and management at UNC.

“Primary Trauma Care is a proven, highly effective, and sustainable training system that truly saves thousands of lives globally. I fully trust that PTC will go from strength to strength over the coming years and am proud to become a charity ambassador.”

Pete McAllister

PTCF Ambassador

Peter McAllister BA (Hons), Dip Law, Dip LP, MIoD

Peter is a Strategy, Change and Transformation specialist. Having spent the first half of his career working directly in the secure government community Peter moved into commercial consultancy work in both the TMT and Public Sectors. He has a track record within secure government and in the Private Sector as a commercial consultant working at board level, assimilating complex business challenges, developing strategy for change, and managing implementation, often in an environment where complex stakeholder management is the key to success.

“It’s a privilege to be a PTC ambassador. I cannot think of a better cause or one of more direct human benefit than to share knowledge to save lives. The PTC approach is a model for effective intervention in ‘taking the people to the problem’. Training is conducted on the front line, where it is most needed; it provides a systematic approach but at the same time empowers by encouraging ingenuity and adaptation to meet local needs.”

Bob Handley

PTCF Ambassador

Mr Bob Handley FRCS – Past President of British Orthopaedic Association, Orthopaedic Trauma Society and GIRFT Orthopaedic Trauma lead

Bob Handley is a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and has been since 1994, after his post as an Orthopaedic Trauma Fellow at Harborview Medical Centre, a level 1 facility in Seattle, USA. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oxford, and past President of the British Orthopaedic Association. Bob is National Clinical Lead for GIRFT Orthopaedic Trauma and was an Examiner for Intercollegiate FRCS(Orth) 2006 to 2016. He is also Past President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Society and Past President AOUK.

“The first steps of any journey are often the most important. The wider the uptake that Primary Trauma Care will have, will make it more likely that those vital first steps will be taken confidently, competently and in the right direction for injured people throughout the world.”

Lisa Hadfield-Law SRN MSc FAcadMEd FFSTEd (Hon)

PTCF Ambassador

Having spent 20 years in clinical practice and 20 years in surgical education, Lisa has been immersed in both cultures and is, therefore, in a unique position to provide educational support.  She has managed an orthopaedic/trauma service of a teaching hospital and has insight into the circumstances and challenges facing surgical teams. In that time, she has trained over 15,000 surgeons from 68 countries within Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Lisa has 20 years of trauma nursing experience in the UK and abroad, has trained as a virtual teacher in 2016 and has an MSc in Higher Professional Education.

Here current positions are:

  • Education Advisor to the British Orthopaedic Association & AOUKI
  • Lead for Future Leaders Programme for the British Orthopaedic Association & Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Lisa also contributes to the T&O Special Advisory Committee & Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme Management Committee. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers – the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is on the Advisory Board to the Faculty of Surgical Trainers.

Her current focus is surgical cognitive simulation, virtual learning, and leadership for surgeons.

“I first got involved with PTC in Sri Lanka in 2006 and I can’t honestly think of an educational programme, anywhere in the world, which has had a greater return on investment of time, passion, and funding. The people driving this programme, those facilitating it, and even those just participating in it, squeeze the juice out of every single penny and every single second.”

Lieutenant General Sir Paul Newton KBE CBE

PTCF Ambassador

Lieutenant General Sir Paul Newton KBE CBE spent 38 years in the British Army. He completed his military career as a member of the Army’s main Board of Directors and in command of over 16,000 service personnel, responsible amongst other things for all Army training.

He is the founder and co-Director of PNC Strategic Advisers Ltd, a consultancy supporting public and private sector clients to build teams capable of succeeding in a complex, volatile world. Paul also founded the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter. As Professor of Strategy, he created a unique MA in applied security strategy, offering a blend of education and experiential training, designed to equip future leaders to operate under intense pressure. He was Knighted in 2012.

“I am proud to be a PTC ambassador. PTC is transferring invaluable practical knowledge and skills, helping create high performing teams where they are needed most. Teams that are better able to save lives under the most intense pressure, by immersing practitioners in relevant, realistic training.”

Shan Martin

PTCF Ambassador

Shan is an HR Consultant, with over 30 years’ experience operating at senior level.  She is also the Director of Little London Brides, a bridal business founded with her daughter.  Shan is a Patient Representative for Major Trauma and a major trauma survivor.  She plays an active voluntary role both internationally and nationally, in support of continued improvements in major trauma care and rehabilitation.

Shan avidly supports PTCF:

“PTCF is giving clinicians in developing countries, the ability to save thousands of lives of victims of major trauma.  We must keep sharing the learning and expertise, that patients like myself received, to continue to save thousands more lives and prevent unnecessary disabilities”.

Advait Gandhe

PTCF Ambassador

Mr Advait Gandhe BSc (Hons) MB BS(Lon) FRCS (T&O) DIP Graphic Design

Ad is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust in the UK, where he is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer. Ad has relentlessly pursued his passion for making education high quality and working as faculty on various national and international educational groups, including the AO Foundation. He founded and is CEO of Amodisc Ltd, which focuses on developing technologies that enable the global spread of surgical training. He is also Founder and Inventor, of Touch Surgery (Digital Surgery Ltd) which has already made a game-changing impact on the way surgery is taught worldwide.

Ad is a strong advocate for Primary Trauma Care Foundation:

“Quality of healthcare should be the same everywhere, without economic or geographical prejudice. Quality can only be assured through education. PTC courses deliver health education where it’s needed most.

Deepa Bose

PTCF Ambassador

Deepa Bose MBBS, FRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth), MSc Orth Eng, MSc Med Edu

Ms. Deepa Bose has been a consultant in orthopaedic trauma and limb reconstruction at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, since 2009. She completed an MSc in Medical Education from Cardiff in 2010 and has been a regional training programme director for core surgery in West Midlands.  She is currently Vice Chair of the Specialist Advisory Committee for Trauma & Orthopaedics. With a desire to promote and encourage teaching in orthopaedics in developing nations, Deepa gained the Diploma in Medical Care of Catastrophes from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 2011.  She is the Chairman of World Orthopaedic Concern UK, a specialist society of the British Orthopaedic Association, and a charity which focuses on teaching orthopaedics in low resource countries. She has been on the Emergency Response Team of UK Med, a first response team for international disaster relief, since 2012.

‘I saw first-hand the effect the PTC course had on participants in Uganda; it increased their knowledge and confidence in managing life-threatening conditions in trauma situations’.

Andy Kent

PTCF Ambassador

Location: United Kingdom

Mr Andy Kent Deputy Director UK-Med, Head of Faculty of Remote Rural & Humanitarian Healthcare at RCSEd, senior PTC faculty and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Mr Andy Kent, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, is also senior PTC Faculty. As a commissioned army officer in the Royal Army Medical Corp, Andy trained in the services to become a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and was deployed throughout the globe including active duty is several austere and hostile environments. He completed a fellowship year in Baltimore, USA, specialising in trauma management. He was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in NHS Highland in 2002 and continues to deliver both elective and trauma surgical services. Andy has always been engaged in training and humanitarian work. He continues to teach on AO, ATLS, and Primary Trauma Care courses and recently has been appointed as the Surgical Director for UK-Med. Andy is a medical advisor for the HALO trust and in 2021 completed a deployment to Mosul for two months to support Iraqi colleagues manage battlefield civilian injuries.

“PTC training is effective; it has been tested and delivered for the past 26 years in some of the most hostile and remote places in the world. It saves lives and continues to prevent loss of limb and life. What makes this even more worthy of our praise is that it is sustainable in some of the poorest countries, with little funding or equipment. I have delivered many PTC courses and am proud to be a PTCF Ambassador.”

Gold Honour

This award recognises that the individual has organised at least 4 PTC Course cascades and has trained at least 10 instructors.

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Tim Beacon

PTCF Ambassador

Location: United Kingdom

Tim has had an impressive and varied career, starting as an Operating Department Practitioner and subsequently an Assistant Training Co-ordinator for the NW Thames Health Authority. Tim has been a university healthcare lecturer, a civilian lecturer on the UK Special Forces Patrol Medical Course. He is a published author. He is CEO of the Medical Aid International group which includes Orthopaedics International and the MedAid Academy. Tim has directed many PTCF courses, so he knows how effective they are:

“The success of this pioneering programme is evidenced by its enormous global use, where it saves lives every day and enhances clinical practise, which directly benefits patients in the critical stages following a trauma event. But to me it is more than that. There are the other positives such as the way it brings people together, from all disciplines, both in their own facility but also from further afield, enabling relationships and teams to be built up and developed, it truly is a formidable, well thought out programme”

Silver Honour

This award recognises that the individual has been part of the PTC Instructor Course Faculty at least 2 times.

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