In 1996 during my Orthopaedic training I was privileged to work for a surgeon (John Clegg) who inspired me and from this time I knew that I wanted to specialise in Childrens Orthopaedics. When I had completed my training in the UK I took my wife and two young daughters with me to Melbourne Children’s Hospital. This was, and still is regarded as one of the premier Paediatric units in the world. I brought the knowledge and skills that I developed back to Birmingham when I started as the junior of 5 consultants in 2003.
I now find myself the senior full time consultant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the world of Children’s Orthopaedics has moved on in those 10 years. In particular the management of adolescent and young adult hip disease has seen an explosion in interest with the advent of hip arthroscopy and the refinement of osteotomies. Our unit in Birmingham is one of a small number nationally that is able to manage the full range of paediatric and young adult hip conditions.
I also maintain a broad area of practice covering the full spectrum of Childrens Orthopaedic conditions including fractures, infections, cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions. We have access to a full range of allied clinicians including Physiotherapists, orthotists and a fully operation gait laboratory.
Over time there has been a decline in provision of paediatric orthopaedic services in district general hospitals across the UK. There has been a tendency to centralise in the major cities. It is my aim to make sure that our unit in Birmingham remains one of the premier centres in the UK, providing top quality care to our patients and advancing the speciality through research and innovation.