Authoring Group

The information within the ORPC has been written by GPs with a specialist interest in osteoporosis:

Dr Jonathan BaylyJonathan Bayly, Visiting Fellow at the University of Derby

Dr Jonathan Bayly is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Derby in the Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences where he works on the falls and osteoporosis programme and the DXA reporting course.

He was a GP for 20 years in Stroud, Gloucestershire. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and the British Geriatrics Society./h3 He sits on the Primary Care Forum of the National Osteoporosis Society and is on the editorial board of Osteoporosis Review.

He is a member of the steering group of the National Audit of Falls and Bone Health at the Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit and a joint author of the Information Centre Report on Evaluation of Standards of Care for Osteoporosis and Falls in Primary Care.

Dr Pam BrownPam Brown, GP

Dr Pam Brown is an Edinburgh graduate who has been a GP in Swansea, South Wales for more than a quarter of a century, most recently in an inner city practice. She was a founder member of the Primary Care Rheumatology Society and has worked closely with both the PCR Society and the National Osteoporosis Society throughout their 25 year histories. She is the author of the osteoporosis chapter in the RCGP textbook of Primary Care Rheumatology, and is involved in the development of the Musculoskeletal Module of Bath University's MSc in Primary Care.

Pam is a member of the Welsh Osteoporosis Advisory Group, a specialist doctor in the metabolic bone clinic in Swansea, and currently helping develop a clinical DXA reporting service for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. Pam is also a Primary Medical Care Advisor in Public Health Wales, and a GP appraiser.

dr wendy carrWendy Carr, GP

Wendy Carr graduated in Medicine in Aberdeen and trained as a GP in the North East of England where she worked for many years as a principal in practice. She has progressively extended her primary care role to reflect her interest in women's medicine.

As Lead GP for the Tyne Health Clinical Commissioning Group Primary Care Fracture Liaison Service she has established an innovative approach to managing fracture risk in the community. She also works locally in secondary care within the field of metabolic bone medicine with Newcastle upon Tyne NHS FT and as a Breast Physician with Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT where she is particularly involved in establishing the management of bone health in those surviving breast cancer.

alun cooper gpAlun Cooper, GP

Alun Cooper is a full time GP in Crawley, West Sussex where he is also the Clinical Lead for the primary care based Fracture Liaison Service (cited in the recommendations of the Report of the National Uudit of Falls and Bone Health in Older People 2010). He is a Trustee of the National Osteoporosis Society, and a member of the National Osteoporosis Guideline Group (NOGG) and the Department of Health's Fragility Fractures Programme Board.

graham davenport RCGP clinical champion for osteoporosisGraham Davenport, RCGP Clinical Champion for Osteoporosis

Dr Graham Davenport is a single-handed rural general practitioner and has maintained his interest in rheumatology through the Primary Care Rheumatology Society of which he is a past-President. Graham completed an MSc in Rheumatology in 1999, and has been involved in postgraduate education for GPs as a lecturer, trainer, course organiser and appraiser. He has a particular interest in osteoporosis.

Graham has completed 3 years as RCGP Clinical Champion for Musculoskeletal Medicine and Osteoporosis and has recently started a similar post at Keele University./h3 He continues to represent the RCGP on the Health Professional Partner Forum of the National Osteoporosis Society, the executive committee of the National Hip Fracture Database and the steering group of the National Audit of Falls and Bone Health in Older People./h3 He has run a series of musculoskeletal educational days for GPs and registrars under the auspices of the RCGP and the Primary Care Rheumatology Society.

sally hope gpSally Hope, GP

Dr Sally Hope has been a GP Principal in Oxfordshire since 1986 and a Clinical Assistant in Osteoporosis at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford./h3 In 1990, Sally founded the Primary Care Group in Gynaecology./h3 She has contributed chapters to Women's Health, the Handbook of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, and Specialist Training in Gynaecology. She was a co-author of Managing the Menopause./h3

Sally has been a member of the council of the British Menopause Society (1997-2000) and more recently has represented the Royal College of General Practitioners on the NICE Hip Fracture Guidelines Group. She is currently a member of the MHRA Women's Health Advisory Committee.

Tom Margham GPTom Margham, GP

Tom Margham is a GP based in East London. He has developed an interest in treating musculoskeletal and long-term conditions within primary care, including working as GP Musculoskeletal Clinical Lead for Tower Hamlets PCT.

For the past 2 years Tom has worked with the charity Arthritis Research UK on patient and public information, education and policy.

paul mitchell Paul Mitchell, Managing Director of Synthesis Medical

Paul Mitchell provides independent healthcare consultancy and is affiliated with the University of Derby in the UK. He has provided consultancy services to policy makers, professional organisations, patient societies and pharmaceutical manufacturers throughout the world. Paul has devoted the last decade to developing policy, guidelines and systematic approaches to hip fracture care and prevention.


The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and fragility fractures. In the UK, one in two women and one in five men will break a bone, mainly because of poor bone health. Sadly, some 1,150 people die every month as a result of hip fractures, most of which could have been prevented.

We work to: increase understanding and awareness of osteoporosis; inform and unite health professionals; fund research into osteoporosis and fractures resulting from fragile bones; influence governments and healthcare providers to offer systematic, high-quality care for people at risk of fractures; and offer caring support to those affected by osteoporosis.

A key part of our work is to ensure that support and information are available for everyone who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis, those who have had a fracture due to fragile bones and those who are worried about themselves or loved ones. We provide a wide range of services to help people learn how to prevent osteoporosis or to manage living with the disease and the fractures it causes, and we support health professionals in providing better services.

We are an independent charity. Our funding base consists of legacies, personal donations, membership fees, fundraising programmes and modest contributions from industry. We do not receive funding from any government or the NHS.

The Royal College of General Practitioners/h3(RCGP) is a membership body of family doctors committed to delivering excellence in general practice and patient care, in the UK and overseas. Their role is to be the voice for General Practice in order to: promote the unique patient - doctor relationship; shape the public's health agenda; set standards; promote quality and advance the role of general practice globally.

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