The Hip Unit has a world-renowned research department based at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital.

Sandra Wraight (Office-Systems Manager)
Sandra first started working for the NHS at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic hospital on 5th June 1995.  In August 1997 Prof. Ling offered her a job in the Hip Research Unit – she accepted the position and  moved to the new orthopaedic centre on the Wonford site on 1st October 1997. Subsequently she has gained a few promotions and is now the office and systems manager for the Exeter Hip Research Unit. Their role is pivotal in producing the multitude of publications that come out of The Exeter Hip unit.

steve copySteven Moore ((Data Research Clerk)
Steven has worked as a data research Clerk for three years. He also assists with the gait analysis research currently being carried out in the Exeter Hip Unit


alison Smeatham copyAlison Smeatham, MSc. MCSP. FSOM (Extended Scope Physiotherapist)
Alison joined the Exeter Hip Team in 2009 as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist. In addition to carrying out outpatient Orthopaedic and Physiotherapy clinics, she works as a research assistant and has a special interest in patient-centred outcomes following hip replacement and also the rehabilitation of young adults with hip problems.

She qualified from the Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in 1985 and subsequently worked in South Yorkshire before moving to work for Exeter Primary Care Trust in 2002.

In 2003 she gained an MSc in Orthopaedic Medicine from Middlesex University School of Health and Social Services with her dissertation on the use of questionnaires in predicting the need for Total Hip Replacement.

As a Fellow of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine, Alison continues to teach on postgraduate courses around the UK. She is the co-author of a book entitled ‘Special Tests in Musculoskeletal Examination’ (Elsevier 2009).

sophSophie Kolowska, RGN, BA Honours(Hip Unit Media Manager).

Sophie qualified as a nurse and has a 1st class Honours degree in Media. Her role as Media Manager for the Hip Team has many features which include film, photography, collating and co-ordinating any publishing, ie The Exeter Book, and the Exeter Web site for the Hip Team and Stryker. She is point of contact for visiting surgeons. Also plays an active role in helping to organise the educational courses for Stryker and the Hip Team. 


steve copySabrina Sokolowski, RGN Adult Nursing, BA (Hons) Perioperative Practice, PGDip Surgical Care Practitioner (Trauma & Orthopaedics) (Extended Scope Practioner)

Sabrina qualified as a nurse at the University of Hertfordshire in 2006 and went on to qualify as a Surgical Care Practitioner at the University of Plymouth in 2011, specialising in Trauma & Orthopaedics.
She has worked for the Exeter Hip Unit since 2009. Her main role being a surgical assistant to the consultants during surgery in both primary and revision hip replacements.
In addition to this, she is responsible for coordinating and performing the long term follow-up review of both primary and revision hip replacements. In 2014 she implemented ‘virtual clinics’ as an alternative method of follow up.


Dr Sarah Whitehouse,PhD (Statistician, Senior Research Fellow (Orthopaedics))

Sarah is a Senior Research Fellow and Biostatistician based with Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Following a degree in Applied Statistics, she gained her PhD in outcomes following total joint replacement from Bristol in 2001 before emigrating to Australia and working with Professor Ross Crawford (a former Exeter Fellow and frequent collaborator with the Exeter Hip Team). She has been providing the team with research and statistical advice since 2006, with regular visits (2-3 per year) to Exeter since then to facilitate the dissemination of the on-going research the team is involved with.