Mark McAloon

Mark McAloon

Senior Lecturer

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  • T: 0161 295 2695
  • E: m.mcaloon@salford.ac.uk
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Office Times

8.15am – 4.45pm

Biography

Past full time employment positions held;

Junior at the Department of Employment  (1985-86)

Production Planner. TML Plastics Ltd (1986-87)

Five Year Sponsorship contract awarded (Bolton Brothers Orthotics N-U-T) to study within the Prosthetic and Orthotic Training Programme (1987-1992)

P&O Training (1987-1992)

 Junior Orthotist. Bolton Brothers Ltd (1992 – 1994)

 Orthotist. Peacock Medical Group Ltd (1994 – 1997)

 Senior Orthotist. Peacock Medical Group Ltd (1997-2002)

Clinical experience gained within above positions;

Multi professional Neurological Clinics

Multi-professional  Diabetic Clinics

Multi-professional Paediatric Clinics

Rheumatology and Orthopaedic Clinics.

In patient treatment within a ward setting.

Orthotic intervention for high cervical fractures in critical care units. 

Community Paediatric Clinics within a school setting.

G.P practice contracts for acute orthotic treatment working within a community setting.

As a Senior Orthotist responsible for the whole orthotic care within the Trust. Including in-patient and community settings. 

Within this time period worked for consultants within five NHS trust hospitals.

Salford University 2002 – current;

Joined Salford University May 2002 (top of lecturer grade B)

Personal Studies Undertaken;

Teaching and Learning PgCert studies (2003-2004)

MSc (Taught) Research in Health and Social Care (2004-2008) 

Phd by publication (2011- on going).

Awards;

Awarded the Vice Chancellor Research prize (2003-4). Prize money was used to purchase activity monitors for activity research with children with cerebral palsy. The monitors have also been used in other research trials following this.

Positions Held;

Year 1 Manager 2003- 2005

Co-Programme leader March 05 – August 06

Programme Leader Prosthetics and Orthotics (Hons) Programme (2006- 2010)

P&O Representative on School Teaching and Learning Management Committee (2004-2008)

Appointed Senior Lecturer (2007).

Induction week co-coordinator. 03- 06

Personal Development Plan co-coordinator to school 03-06

Allerton build liaison for P and O 05-06

Year 1 Manager 2010-2011

Placement Manager;

Final Year Manager  (2011-13)

4th Year Placement Manager (2011-13)

2nd Year Placement Manager (2012 -13)

3rd Year Placement Manager (2012-13)

Module Leader (2002-20012)

P and O 2

Health Concepts

Design Process 1

Manufacturing Concepts 1

Input into Life Science 1 module, Health and Disease, P and O 3, P&O6.

Module Leader (2010-2013)

Materials & Design (2010-12)

Core Orthotic Practice (2010-12)

ILS1 Podiatry and P&O programmes (2011-13).

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (2010 – 2013)

ICCP module leader (P&O) School Wide Module (2011-12)

4th Year placement module leader (2011-13)

Intermediate Placement Module Leader (2012-13)

Final Placement Module Leader (2012-13). 

Post Graduate Supervisor (2009-12)

Teaching

Prosthetics & Orthotics Undergraduate Programme;

 Ankle foot orthoses (AFO’s)

Functional Foot Orthoses (FFO’s)

Biomechanics relating to FFO’s and AFO’s

Neurological orthotics

Treatment of cerebral palsy.

Anatomy and Physiology.

CAD/CAM relating to FFO’s and AFO’s

School – ICCP module leader (P&O)

Botulinum Toxin Treatment of Neurological Disorders.

Specialist footwear for disability.

Multi disciplinary teaching;

Orthotics and Podiatry – Multi disciplinary approach to treatment of RA. Co- Taught with Anita Williams (2003-4)

Orthotics and Physiotherapy;

Co –organiser developer of Multi – disciplinary approach to treatment of Cerebral Palsy. Physiotherapy and Orthotic Students study together within this (2008-11).

Lecturer. Gait Analysis of Cerebral Palsy. Physiotherapy and Orthotic students attend this study day (2011-13).  

Research Interests

Cerebral Palsy

Activity Monitoring

AFO’s and FFO’s – related biomechanics.

Spinal Orthotics – related biomechanics.

The employment of carbon fibre within orthotic side stems

Lower limb orthotics and related biomechanics/anatomy.

Botulinum Toxin A for the treatment of focal spasticity.

 

Enterprise;

Teaching and Learning Related– programme re-design.

Programme Leader during the programme design and implementation of BSc. Prosthetics and Orthotics (Hons) Undergraduate Degree (2008/9/10). A major redesign of the programme was undertaken reducing the programme from 4yrs to 3 yrs. Placements were also integrated within each of the three years as opposed to occurring at the end of the programme. The new programme design was commended by HPC after a 3 day validation visit. The three year design has now placed the P&O programme on a footing to be able to attract and recruit students, competing on an equal footing with other Health Care Programmes within England.

Clinical Related;

Scoping exercise to assess the potential for an adult gait analysis clinic, to improve the function of ankle foot orthoses prescribed for neurological conditions. Approached partner -Trafford NHS Trust– on going.

Qualifications and Memberships

MSc In Health and Social Care Research (University of Salford).

Pg Cert Teaching and Learning (University of Salford).

HND Prosthetics and Orthotics.

OPTEC Higher Diploma Orthotics.

OPTEC ONC Production Engineering.

Memberships:

Member of Association for Prosthetics & Orthotics (1992- 2013).

Member Health and Care Professions Council (2003-20013).

Publications

Letters to Journals

May 2012. Al-Qaroot, B & Hogg, P & Twiste, M & Howard, D & McAloon, M 2012, 'How to get ahead of the curve', Synergy, p.28.

Optimisation of lateral thoraco-lumbar acquisition parameters for Cobb and superimposition methods of intervertebral movement estimation

Meeting Abstracts

June 2011. Al-Qaroot, B & Twiste, M & Hogg, P & McAloon, M & Howard, D & McGill, G 2011, Optimisation of lateral thoraco-lumbar acquisition parameters for Cobb and superimposition methods of intervertebral movement estimation, UKRC (UK Radiological Congress), Manchester, UK.

Meeting Abstract November 2010

The effect of body fat percentage on inter-vertebral spinal mobility control from hyper-extension spinal orthoses

Al-Qaroot, B & Twiste, M & Howard, D & Hogg, P & McAloon, M 2010, The effect of body fat percentage on inter-vertebral spinal mobility control from hyper-extension spinal orthoses, The UK National Member Society's Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics, Newcastle, UK.

Papers in Published Conference Proceedings

Published Conference Proceedings - Paper
November 2010

The effect of body fat percentage on inter-vertebral spinal mobility control from hyper-extension spinal orthoses. The UK National Member Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics, Newcastle, UK, 04 - 05 Nov 2010.

Al-Qaroot, B & McAloon, M & Howard, D & Hogg, P & Twiste, M 2010, The effect of body fat percentage on inter-vertebral spinal mobility control from hyper-extension spinal orthoses. The UK National Member Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics, Newcastle, UK, 04 - 05 Nov 2010., in: 'The UK National Member Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics', ISPO, Newcastle, UK, 04 - 05 Nov 2010., England. Conference details: The UK National Member Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics, Newcastle, UK, 04 - 05 Nov 2010..

Poster Presentations

Poster Presentation
September 2008

Validation of an Activity Monitor for Cerebral Palsy

McAloon, M 2008, Validation of an Activity Monitor for Cerebral Palsy, Exhibited at: Salford Biomechanics Conference, Salford, England, On 03/09/2008.

Poster Presentation
July 2007

A Pilot Study to Validate an Activity Monitor for Use with Cerebral Palsy.

McAloon, M 2007, 'A Pilot Study to Validate an Activity Monitor for Use with Cerebral Palsy.’ Exhibited at: International Society Prosthetic and Orthotic Conference 2007, Vancouver, Canada, From 29/07/2007 To 03/08/2007.

Poster Presentation
January 2003

Behind The Breaks: an Analysis of Induction Planning Processes

Beattie, J & Crozier, S & Kaya, S & McAloon, M & Rooke, J & Wilkie. 2003, 'Behind The Breaks: an Analysis of Induction Planning Processes', Education in a Changing Environment 3, 17-18 September, University of Salford, UK.

Journal Papers Submitted – awaiting publication,

 Validation of the activPAL Activity Monitor in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Mark T. McAloon, MSc 1,2, Stephen Hutchins PhD1,2, Martin Twiste, PhD 1,2, Richard Jones, PhD 1,2, Simone Forchtner, BSc. Prosthetics and Orthotics International.

Reviewer for;

Prosthetics & Orthotics International (September 2010 onwards).