Hand, Wrist and Peripheral Nerve Surgery
- Management of peripheral nerve compression (eg carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve compression at the elbow or wrist)
- Trigger finger
- Dupuytren’s disease
- Management of osteoarthritis in the hand and wrist (eg thumb base procedures-trapeziectomy or arthroplasty)
- Tendon transfers
- Management of lumps (eg ganglia, GCT tendon sheath, haemangiomata).
- General Medical Council
- Medical Protection Society
- Royal College of Surgeons of England
- British Medical Association
- British Orthopaedic Association
- British Society for Surgery of the Hand
I started working as an Orthopaedic hand consultant in the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust on 23rd April 2018. Prior to this I was a locum Hand consultant in the Pulvertaft Hand Unit in Derby for 5 months, following completion of my post-CCT Orthoplastics Hand Surgery fellowship at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. My higher surgical T&O training took place in the Northern Deanery.
I was awarded the advanced postgraduate British Diploma in Hand Surgery on 18th June 2018.
During my time as a Specialty Trainee and particularly during my fellowship, I acquired skills in most aspects of adult and paediatric hand and wrist trauma. This includes soft tissue trauma, infection, fractures, carpal injuries and complex distal radius fixation. I attended the Northwick Park microsurgery course in 2016 and have been able to develop and maintain my skills in neurovascular repair. With regards to elective work, I perform common procedures such as carpal tunnel decompression, Dupuytren’s procedures, trapeziectomy, trigger finger and I am developing my experience and interest in wrist arthroscopy, wrist fusion and CMCJ arthroplasty. Chelsea & Westminster Hospital is a tertiary referral centre for congenital hand pathology and so I had the opportunity to be involved in weekly clinics and operating lists. I have been privileged to work closely with both plastic and orthopaedic surgeons in both London and Derby and this has been an enriching experience.
Alongside clinical duties as a consultant, I continue to develop my interest in training, teaching and supervision of trainees. I am currently both and educational supervisor and a clinical supervisor to a core trainee and a specialty registrar respectively. As well as the Training Orthopaedic Trainers course, I completed the Training Orthopaedic Educational Supervisors course (e-TOES) pilot at the Royal College of Surgeons. I am also an ATLS instructor. Throughout my own training, I have been involved in teaching and examining medical students, nursing staff and physiotherapists. During my fellowship, I gave a teaching presentation fortnightly at the formal departmental teaching. My goal is to become more involved with the college and the BSSH and eventually, when eligible, become an examiner for the postgraduate exams.
I have an active role in research and I am currently the BSUH Principal Investigator for the national multicentre randomised controlled DISC Trial, comparing surgery versus collagenase injections in the treatment of Dupuytren’s disease. I am also working in collaboration with a PhD student at Imperial College, studying the morphology of the first carpometacarpal joint, a paper for which has been submitted to the Berlin FESSH meeting in June 2019.
Throughout my training I have published and presented papers to learned societies and in 2006, completed an MD with commendation at the University of Newcastle on the role of mitochondrial DNA mutations and their role in colorectal tumours.
I enjoy spending my non-working time looking after my excellent husband and 3 lively children. We try and make the most of the great outdoors together, either at the beach or in the hills.
Great loves: family, friends, food, running, and reading.