Events and blog


28 June 2018

NOTAA’s 4th trip to Ethiopia

This day saw the 2nd NOTAA Ethiopian Residents Research Day at Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa where UK Registrars partnered with Ethiopian trainees and together they worked on projects to enhance the principals of assessing treatment outcomes and service improvement

It was an inspirational day establishing friendships and collaboration between colleagues in UK and Africa that can only continue to help the further development of trauma services in Ethiopia. NOTAA is very grateful to the efforts put in by our trainee leads Kohila Vani Sigamoney Daniels and Luke Hughes for all the effort they have put in to make today such a success !

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On Miss Sigamoney’s first visit to Ethiopia in November 2016, her grandmother (Kamala Devi) unexpectedly passed away in Malaysia. She had sustained an orthopaedic injury and her condition had declined. She looked after Miss Sigamoney when she was younger and in Miss Sigamoney’s words, had thought her the importance of being a good person and helping others. On her 1st year religious memorial service, Miss Sigamoney’s family and friends from Kluang, Malaysia supported this award.

            The award is a one off award for the best performing Ethiopian resident at the 2nd Residents Day. It will pay for the conference fees (or other expenses) for a resident to attend a conference in Africa should they get a place to present an oral presentation. The Resident will be an ambassador and an example to other trainees in Ethiopia and Africa.  

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Dr. Mengistu (2nd from right) winning this award


20 November 2017

NOTAA’s third trip to Hawassa

16 September 2017



Laura Knowles, our enthusiastic physio is supporting the fantastic physiotherapy development work you have been undertaking in Hawassa as NOTAA supports the establishment of a new Orthohopaedic Trauma unit in Hawassa. 

I hope friends and colleagues from the whole Northwest Orthopaedic Community will support you with this great effort !

Donation link: Laura’s donation page


10 September 2017

C2C Iron Bike Challenge for NOTAA

Henry Wynn Jones, Luke Critchley, Tariq Karim, Akmal Turaev, Asim Rajpura, Rish Parmar, Craig Nuttall, Kieran Goode, Paul Cieplak, Paul ClementWe would be very grateful if you could sponsor our C2C Iron Bike Challenge for NOTTA!

Please help us with your sponsorship: C2C bike challenge

A group of us are going to do the Coast to Coast Bike ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland from the 8th to 10th September to raise money for the North West Trauma Alliance for Africa (NOTTA). This is a charitable organisation that supports two trauma development projects in Africa.

In order to add to the challenge, as a group we are aiming to complete the ride on a Malawi Bicycle Taxi style of bike (Think heavy 1950’s style bike – hence Iron Bike Challenge). We will all take it in turns to ride the Iron Bike Taxi, as well as riding nice light weight modern bikes!

1) Orthopaedic Implants for Malawi – this project raises funds to buy cost effective orthopaedic implants to enable trained orthopaedic surgeons treat patients with broken bones. This project has been running since 2010 and has enabled the treatment of hundreds of patients enabling them to return to good funnction and support their family and dependants. Provision of implants has also meant that new trainee surgeons in Malawi have been able to learn the skill and techniques required to treat more patients in the future. True sustainable development! 100% of the money raise for this fund is used to purchase and ship implanys and equipment.

2) Trauma Education for Ethiopia – this project was set up by NOTAA in 2015 to support the development of a new orthopaedic trauma service in Hawassa in Ethiopia. Hawassa Referral Hospital serves a population of nearly 10 million people, and now has three orthopaedic surgeons, and trauma ward and a dedicated trauma theatre. However, to ensure that good results from surgery are acheived it is essential that there is an ongoing program of eduction. NOTAA has commited through volunteers to support physiotherapy and theatre nursing eductation with educational materials, and on site eductation.

The League of Friends of Wrightington Hospital has kindly supported our fund raising efforts since 2010 and all of the money donated and gift aid added raised through this event will be split between the two projects above

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.


10 June 2017

NOTAA is proud to be hosting this year’s World Orthopaedic Concern (WOC-UK) annual meeting. Please see the attached documents for registration.


Saturday 10th June 2017
Conference Centre, Wrightington Hospital, Hall Lane, Appley Bridge, Wigan.  WN6 9EP

WOC-UK Annual Conference 10th June 2017 Programme

REGISTRATION FORM WOC-UK Annual Conference 2017

Miss Sigamoney

20 May 2017


This trip saw a team off 9 travel to Hawassa University Comprehensive Specialized Hospital. It was a scoping trip to look at education and development opportunities.

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From left to right: Dr. Mamo Deksisa (Hawassa T&O consultant), Prof. Mahesh Nirmalan (UK intensive care consultant), Mr. Anthony Clayson (NOTAA chairman and UK T&O Consultant), Dr. Magnus Garrrioch (UK intensive care consultant), Miss Rebekah Laurensen (Australian physiotherapist – ADFA), Miss Nicola Jarman (UK physiotherapist), Miss Laura Knowles (UK physiotherapist), Miss Kohila Vani Sigamoney (NOTAA trainee representative and UK T&O trainee), Miss Clare Connelly (UK T&O trainee), Dr. Ephrem Gebrehana (Hawassa T&O Consultant), Mr. Henry Wynn Jones (NOTAA Vice-chairman and UK T&O consultant).

Please see updates on our facebook page and our attached reports.

10 May 2017

A big thanks from all at NOTAA to Nicola Jarman and all her colleagues at The Countess of Chester Hospital who today held a cake sale and raised £226 to support our work. Amazing support, thank you very much !

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27 January 2017


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£500 raised! Thank you for all the support.

Miss Sigamoney

11 December 2016


20 November 2016


Mr. Clayson will be participating in the Great Ethiopian Run. He will be doing this to raise charity for NOTAA. Please do support him and us with your donations.

Visit Virgin Money Giving and search Anthony Clayson or click here.


30 OCT 2016

Live on stage this morning at Rotary District 1285 Annual Conference telling all about how Northwest Orthopaedic Trauma Alliance for Africa -NOTAA- and Rotary are working together to develop sustainable trauma services in low income countries in Africa where trauma is now a greater cause of death and disability than disease such as HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

10 SEPT 2016

NOTAA’s Inaugural meeting on 10th of September 2016

Inaugural meeting of NOTAA, Northwest Orthopaedic Trauma Alliance for Africa attended by 30 colleagues from all staff groups and many different orthopaedic units across the northwest.

Enthusiastic discussions , lots of positive support and a commitment from all to support purchase of implants for Blantyre, Malawi and Hawassa, Ethiopia together with Orthopaedic training programme in Addis Ababa and educational/development material

A further 50 colleagues who were unable to attend have expressed their support and all present were really appreciative of fantastic support given by Rotary Clubs of Worsley, Walkden, Eccles and Irlam aswell as Rotary District 1285 Grants committee who have collectively contributed £2,600 to enable the launch of NOTAA

Email to register your support and further details.

6 SEPT 2016


Great news !!!!!!

NOTAA has received its first donation to support our charitable work developing orthopaedic trauma services in Africa.

Tony Clayson received a cheque for £2600 this evening from Peter Irwin , President of Worsley Rotary Club which is a great start for us all. Thanks very much to all at Worsley Rotary Club !

We are looking forward to welcoming all NOTAA supporters to our launch/interest meeting this coming Saturday 10th September at Wrightington Hospital when we will be sharing our progress so far, our future plans and how we can all support this work together

We look forward to seeing you there !