I am a Worcestershire born and bred Consultant Plastic Surgeon who enjoys a balance of town and country living. My NHS practice is based in Bristol and Gloucestershire and I run a successful private practice in the three counties.
My Education and Training
I attended Bristol Medical School completing my degree with honors and an additional degree in Physiology with First class honors aided by a scholarship from the Smith and Nephew foundation. I completed 6 years of traditional surgical training passing the MRCS before 6 years of further intensive plastic surgery training culminating in the award of FRCS(Plast) and recognition by the GMC as a specialist in 2009. For the following two years I undertook prestigious and competitive fellowships studying the latest techniques in internationally recognised centres of London (Marsden), Nottingham and within Italy, supported by a scholarship from the Royal College of Surgeons and a bursary from BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic Surgeons) of which I am a full member.
My NHS practice focuses on reconstruction for trauma and cancers of the skin and soft tissues. I am a member of the skin and sarcoma MDT (Multidisciplinary teams) in Bristol.
I am a senior lecturer at Bristol University Medical School, and have over 30 peer-review publications as well as contributions to medical texts and guidance for surgeons. I have been an invited speaker to a number of national and international meetings and courses. I am also involved in the national selection of trainees in plastic surgery and local annual review of trainee competency (ARCP).
SUMMARY OF MEDICO‐LEGAL EXPERIENCE
I was brought up in a ‘legal family’, my father being a barrister and later circuit judge and recorder of Birmingham before recent retirement. From an early age I was exposed to court proceedings, and became familiar with the processing of civil and criminal cases. I am acquainted with members of the legal profession such as solicitors, advocates and judges and members of the police force and crown prosecution service. The result of this experience is that I am comfortable and confident in the legal/court environment.
I have experience of acting as an expert witness in a wide variety of cases, both civil and criminal. This includes personal injury and medical negligence cases providing written reports and court appearances when necessary for claimants and defendants or as a single joint expert. I have also completed training and courses including: “Single Joint Expert Reporting and Excellence in Report Writing” (Bond Solon) , “Surgery and the Law” (Royal College of Surgeons), “Medical Negligence and Business Skills for Experts” (Bond Solon), “Legal Aspects of Surgical Practice” (Royal College of Surgeons), “Good Clinical Practice for Principal Investigators” (Southwest Deanery). I have a sound knowledge and understanding of legal principles and civil procedures rules, and pride myself on providing an impartial, analytical and logical approach, based on the latest evidence and am able to grasp the essential points of the case and summarise them effectively.
PARTICULAR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF RELEVANCE
● Scars, wounds, burns, skin grafts and other forms of disfigurement
● Hand injuries and hand surgery complications
● Facial trauma including fractured nose
● Nerve, vascular and tendon Injuries
● Complications of cosmetic, reconstructive and plastic surgery
● Complex limb injuries including open fractures, amputation
● Management of skin cancer and soft tissue sarcoma
● ‘Iatrogenic injuries’ such as pressure sores, torn skin and extravasation