The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Team

Irrum Afzal

Irrum graduated from Imperial College, London with a Distinction in Masters of Public Health (MPH) and was subsequently appointed to lead the orthopaedic research department under the supervision of Professor Richard Field at the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre. Irrum has comprehensive knowledge of quantitative, qualitative research, statistics and research governance and is a professional member to the Institute of Clinical Research (MICR) and the Research Quality Association (MRQA). Irrum uses this knowledge to under undertake, deliver and manage multiple research and audits projects with the aim to improve evidence based medicine in Orthopaedics. Irrum supports the SWLEOC Outcomes Database and Patient Reported Outcome Measures at SWLEOC. Irrum works closely with the consultants at SWLEOC and the management team providing them with regular outcome data. Irrum plays an active role in the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and the Imperial College Alumni service.

Emily Tyrwhitt-Drake

Emily has a First Class degree in Medical Biology from the University of Edinburgh. She spent two years working as a management consultant in healthcare settings, before joining Imperial College to develop JointPRO, a web-based system that captures Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs). Emily has since joined OREF to support the SWLEOC Outcomes Database which is used to capture, report and benchmark PROMs, with unrivalled compliance rates of 98%. The data is used to determine which interventions achieve the best outcomes for individual patients, as well as enhance the clinical management of patients, with the ultimate aim of improving patient care and outcomes at the centre. Emily also has a business teaching people how to use technology which continues to provide her with a great sense of fulfilment, as well as a useful insight into the way in which people interact with technology.