I trained in Glasgow and worked in and around Glasgow until I passed the primary FRCS. My peri fellowship rotation was in Liverpool. I then joined the Liverpool orthopaedic registrar rotation passing the M Ch Orth examination during this time.
I spent six months in Strasbourg (France) before senior registrar training. After I passed the FRCS (Orth) examination I was hand fellow in Withington and Wrightington for six months, and shoulder fellow in Wrightington for a further seven months before becoming a consultant in 1996.
In conjunction with my colleagues, I provide a specialist hand surgery service. We treat most aspects of hand surgery except of course for congenital malformations. We have a busy hand trauma practice, but sadly the tendons all go to Wythenshawe.
Since Mr Jeyam and Mr Butt joined the service I no longer perform any shoulder or elbow surgery.
I am enthusiastic about teaching. I am conscious of the privilege that training the ATP's represents.
I am currently the Chairman of the ICHS and the co chairman of the EBHS diploma exam in hand surgery. I have examined for the FRCS and for the BSSH/ University of Manchester hand diploma.
I prize in trainees:
Hard work, enthusiasm, honesty, attention to detail
Rough tissue handling, not doing what has been asked if I make a specific request, sloppy personal appearance
Please give six weeks' notice of holidays!