Osteoporosis Dorset is a registered charity established in 1992 to raise awareness and increase public interest in bone health, falls and fragility fractures through our educational initiatives. “Prevention Through Education” was its rubric from the outset.
Co-founded by a retired R.A.F officer (the late John Rees), a consultant rheumatologist (Paul Thompson) and a nurse (Carol Jones), the charity is managed by a board of Trustees.
Our registered office is based in Bournemouth.
What we do
Osteoporosis Dorset has relentlessly campaigned for the last two decades to improve bone health in the County. The charity has played a key role in raising awareness.
It has a track record of providing health care professionals and the public with ‘free’ high quality evidence-based information via a concerted programme of ‘activity’. This has played a key role in raising awareness and increasing public interest in falls and bone health.
Our peer support programmes have the potential to heighten motivation, improve function, adherence to treatment, resulting not just in better clinical outcomes but the development of a network of social support and lifelong friendship.
Since its inception in 1992 the charity’s aim is to reduce the burden of fragility fractures on the local health community.
In order to advance our aim, the charity’s objectives will be to:
objective 2 and 4 of the Department of Health’s ‘Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy’ without additional staffing costs to the National Health Service. This proposal was felt by The South West Falls, Bone Health and Fractures Review Team to be an important idea.
improvements in the education and training of health professionals in the field of falls and fracture prevention through the provision of free events e.g. the Charity’s Annual Medical Conference. These study days attract internationally recognised speakers in the field of osteoporosis, improve outcomes and facilitate the delivery of objective 1 and 3 of the DH’s prevention strategy.
free, high quality, appropriate and accessible information for people affected by osteoporosis to make a difference to their lives and enhance their ability to live independently. Over 1,000 people have attended events in the last 12 months. Peer support is provided by our network of caring Bone Health Groups.
a range of appropriate information packages to inform diverse audiences, e.g. Good Bone Health Guide, Falls and Balance Guide, free patient educational events. These information packages have resource implications with the potential to save the NHS money (improving adherence with medication, improve quality of life, reduce the incidence of fragility fractures in Dorset), releasing scarse healthcare resources to more appropriate causes.
Services we provide
President – Diana Moran
TV’s original fitness guru, Diana Moran, aka The Green Goddess, is an all round television and radio personality with a career that has embraced success in many areas.
In her fifties, Diana fell over and broke her wrist, gaining first hand experience of just how inconvenient and painful broken bones can be. She was only to regain full use of her wrist with extensive physiotherapy. Diana’s experience and interest led her to accept the invitation to become President of Osteoporosis Dorset in 1992.
Dr Mary Armitage
Mary qualified with an honours degree in medicine from the University of Birmingham in 1980, having gained first class honours in Intercalated BSc in Medical Biochemistry. She undertook post graduate training in diabetes and endocrinology in Edinburgh and then in Wessex, obtaining an MD in 1988. She was appointed Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in 1988.
She has always had a particular interest in gynaecological endocrinology, including infertility and menstrual problems, menopausal issues and in osteoporosis. She raised money for the establishment of the first DEXA scanner in Dorset, at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and was one of the founder members of Osteoporosis Dorset, when the charity was established by Dr Paul Thompson in 1992. She has served as a member of the Committee on Safety of Medicines for 7 years, and has Chaired the Expert Working Group on HRT and Women’s Health Issues for the Department of Health for 5 years.
She is a Trustee of the national charity Breast Cancer Care, and has taken part in a number of Department of Health projects establishing standards for care for breast cancer services. She is an independent advisor to the Clinical Advisory Board, Healthcare Commission, a member of the the BAMM Medical Leaders Professional Council, a member of the South West sub-committee of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards and an external examiner to the University of Birmingham Medical School.
She has a longstanding interest in the delivery of acute medical services, served as Clinical Director at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for 7 years, and was elected Clinical Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians in 2004, having previously served as Wessex Regional Advisor and as an elected Counsellor.
Dr Graham Archard
Graham was formerly Vice Chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners and senior partner of Stour Surgery, Christchurch. He is joint Chair and clinical governance lead of the South and East Dorset Primary Care Trust Professional Executive Committee.
Graham’s interest in osteoporosis comes from his belief that there is insufficient emphasis given to this silent condition which can cause such misery. Only by increasing the public and professional awareness of osteoporosis can the condition be raised up the public health agenda to become a real priority.
Graham has advised the government’s Health Select Committee and sits on external reference groups, and several NICE committees including: the NICE guidelines heart failure working group, the Advisory Committee on Topic Selection, Cancer Guidelines assessment Group and National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care. He runs the Succeed project, implementing nurse-managed care pathways in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, which was published in the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease. He is a member of the Department of Health and General Medical Council expert reference group on appraisal and revalidation.
He is co-chair of the Expert Review Group of the Quality and Outcomes Framework on the new GP contract.
Dr Tarun Solanki
Tarun is a Consultant Physician at Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust. He is the Clinical Lead for the Local Osteoporosis Service and the Orthogeriatric Service. He qualified from the University of Wales College of Medicine and completed a Masters degree in Gerontology at King’s College, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and an examiner for the MRCP PACES examination. His main clinical and research interest is in metabolic bone disease in the elderly.
Dr Hannah McPhee
Hannah is a Specialty Registrar in Anaesthetics working within the West Wessex region. She qualified from the University of East Anglia in 2008. Her role frequently involves seeing and stabilising very unwell patients, to ensure they are as fit as possible to undergo an operation, prior to anaesthetising them for surgical repair of osteoporotic fractures. She believes that improved education and awareness can prevent these fractures and avoid the severe illnesses and reduction in quality of life which can be associated with them. She is involved in teaching in a wide range of settings and has assisted in the production of Osteoporosis Dorset’s educational videos. In her spare time she enjoys salsa dancing, crafts and baking.
The Board of Trustees
All board members are trustees of the charity. Osteoporosis Dorset ensures that people living with and directly affected by osteoporosis are represented in its governance. All trustees give their time, energy and expertise for free and we are very grateful for their support.
Below is a list of the charity’s trustees:
Dr Clare Davies
Dr Neil Hopkinson
Mrs Carol Jones
Mrs Ruth Bussey
Mrs Lisa Perkins
Mrs Theresa Rowett
Scientific Advisers (CSA)
The CSA advises the Management Team and Board of Trustees on medical and clinical matters. Its members are all well respected in the medical world and have specific expertise in the field of osteoporosis. All give their time, energy and expertise for free.
Professor Bo Abrahamsen
Professor Judith Adams
Dr Mary Armitage
Dr Jonathan Bayly
Dr Emma Clark
Professor Juliet Compston
Dr Graham Davenport
Dr Clare Davies
Professor Elaine Dennison
Dr Ciaran Dunne
Dr Nick Harvey
Dr Neil Hopkinson
Dr Helen Macdonald
Dr Nicola Peel
Dr Brian Quilty
Dr Fouz Rahmeh
Ms Jane Raleigh
Dr Michael Stone
Dr Greg Summers
Mr Heath Taylor
Dr Matt Thomas
A number of scientific fora advise the Charity in their specialist areas via the Committee of Scientific Adviser’s. Here is a list of the Charity’s fora:
Nutrition, Lifestyle and Exercise Forum: oversees the development of initiatives relevant to nutrition, lifestyle and exercise.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Forum: oversees the scientific content for Healthcare Professionals at our CPD events.
Patient Forum: advises on the development of strategies to facilitate our educational initiatives.
Annual Medical Conference Planning Committee: advises on the organisation of the event and oversees the scientific content of the conference programme.
Practical Management of Osteoporosis Conference Planning Committee: advises on the organisation of the event and oversees the scientific content of the conference programme.