I qualified from Nottingham University Medical School in 1988, completed my orthopaedic training in Manchester and Toronto and have been a consultant in Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery in Manchester since 2001.
After an early and many subsequent visits to Dr. Ponseti’s unit in Iowa, I developed a busy practice for patients with clubfoot and complex foot deformities. This practice has developed into one that is nationally recognised as a tertiary referral centre for complex foot problems. I have been involved in training internationally for many years, more recently with the Global Clubfoot Initiative. I have been part of the team developing the BSCOS consensus statement on clubfoot management and continue to be involved in research and network building.
Since its inception in 2012, I have led the North West Children’s Major Trauma Network and the service at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. On the night of the Manchester Arena Attack I worked in the role of Surgeon Commander at RMCH and in the weeks and months that followed, to support rehabilitation of the victims. I am part of the team still sharing the lessons we learnt that night to inform planning across the sectors. I also lead on many of the developments in children’s rehabilitation in Manchester and beyond as legacy work from the Arena Attack.
The Greater Manchester Children’s Rehabilitation project has been recognised for its initiative in supporting children back into school and activity after injury. NIHR funded research has guided this service and the development of the School Fit Note, now widely used around the country.
I am extremely proud to be part of our diverse, supportive and friendly team at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. At a time when Orthopaedics is endeavouring to achieve a better balanced work-force to benefit our patients, I hope we can act as an example.