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Ian J Braithwaite

MA (Cantab & Oxon)  BM  BCh  FRCSEd  FRCSEng  FRCSOrth  MChOrth  MD

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon,

Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital Chester, Yale Hospital Wrexham.


Address         Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital

                    Wrexham Road


                    CH4 7QP

 Contact        Office    01244-300164

                    Fax       01244-300164



GMC number              3096624

MPS number              145627




MA (Cantab & Oxon)            MA degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge

BM  BCh         1985             Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Oxford

FRCS             1989              Edinburgh by examination, England ad eundem

MD                1994              Doctor of Medicine, a research degree by Thesis

FRCSOrth       1995             The exit exam for orthopaedic consultants

MChOrth        1995             Master of Orthopaedic Surgery by examination, Liverpool

CCHST           1997             Certificate of Completion of Higher Surgical Training

Specialist Register 1997      Trauma and Orthopaedics

ATLS              2010            Advanced Trauma Life Support  (recommended for Instructor)  


Examiner 2007-2016 for the Consultant exit exam, FRCSOrth


British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) member

British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) member

British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (BOFAS) member


Trainer of the Year 2011 (British Orthopaedic Trainees Association)


Training Programme Director Mersey Deanery 2012-2016



1979-1982      Emmanuel College Cambridge (BA)

1982-1985      John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford (BM BCh)

1985-1986      House Officer

1986-1987      Casualty Officer and Anatomy Demonstrator

1987-1990      SHO in Surgery Mersey Region and Manchester

1989               FRCS

1991-1993      Registrar in Orthopaedics, Mersey Region

1991-1992      1 year research leading to MD

1994               MD University of Liverpool

1994-1996      Senior Registrar in Orthopaedics, Mersey Region

1995               MChOrth, Liverpool (Clinical Medal)

1995               Intercollegiate FRCSOrth

1997               Certificate of Completion of Higher Surgical Training in Orthopaedics

1996-1997      Spinal Fellow Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London  (Mr B A Taylor, Mr M A Edgar)

1997               Spinal Fellow, Hong Kong (Prof. J Leung)

                      Spinal Fellow Adelaide (Prof R Fraser)



Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, Countess of Chester Hospital

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Yale Hospital



Classical music, Church bell ringing, Ballroom dancing, Gardening



The Countess of Chester Hospital is a 3 star 600 bed DGH Foundation Trust.

There are 8 Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons. I was appointed to be Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1996, and left in 2013, being appointed to a coveted Honorary Consultant post.

I held 7 Clinical Excellence Awards (maximum is 9) for my role within the Trust.

The multidisciplinary spinal service was run by me. Essentially I ran a single handed spinal service for Chester and much of the surrounding area (North Wales, Wirral, Cheshire, Wrexham), and a foot and ankle service for my hospital, in addition to a general orthopaedic and full trauma commitment.

My spinal surgery was principally lumbar. Most trauma is managed non-operatively. I assess all spinal conditions, and if surgery was required outside of lumbar decompression I referred to colleagues in my informal local network. I attend local multidisciplinary meetings, and keep up to date by attending national and international meetings.

I keep an up to date log book of all my surgery, with audited results and complications



I have been in private practice at the Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital in Chester since 1996, and have applied the same high standards to my practice there as in my NHS practice. My results were the subject of audit as with my NHS practice.



I participate in regular audit.



I am a member of the BOA, BASS and BOFAS, reflecting my spinal and foot & ankle interests. I am a member of the North West Spinal Group, and a member of the Mersey Foot Group. I am a member of the Liverpool Orthopaedic Circle. I attend much of the Regional SpR teaching programme. I take regular study leave to attend meetings and courses, and try to attend one trauma meeting, one foot and ankle meeting, and one spinal meeting a year. I undertake examining duties regularly.


I undertake annual appraisal, and am recently revalidated with the GMC and possess a Licence to Practise. 



For six years I ran the SHO teaching programme in Chester, and coordinated the audit programme with twice yearly half day presentations. I ran the medical student attachments to orthopaedics in my hospital. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education.

Mersey Region Basic Surgical Training committee 2001-2004

Mersey Region orthopaedic Specialty Training and Education Committee 2001-2016

Since 2004 I have been Mersey Deanery Orthopaedic SpR Teaching Programme Director, and stepped down in 2013. I became the Training Programme Director in 2012.

I am an Examiner for the Intercollegiate FRCSOrth (Consultant exit exam)

I was Trainer of the Year for orthopaedics in Mersey Region two years in succession, and nominated twice for National Trainer of the Year, before being voted National Trainer of the Year in 2011.



I have a strong research profile, both as a trainee and as a consultant in a DHG.

My unit produced almost a paper a year, and numerous presentations.

I attach a summary of recent research output.

I have supervised a PhD student, and am involved in spinal projects with the University of Wales (Wrexham campus), and have supervised students on the Wrightington MChOrth.





Is a lateral view essential in management of hip fracture?

Eur. J. Radiol.


Five year functional outcome analysis of ankle fracture fixation

Injury 2007. 38 (11): 1308-1312


Clavicular hook plate for lateral end fractures, a prospective study.

Injury 2006. 37(3): 277-283


Musculoskeletal recovery 5 years after severe injury: long term problems are common.

Injury 2002. 33(2): 111-115


Vertebral end plate (Modic) changes on lumbar spine MRI.

Eur. Spine J. 1998. 7(5): 363-368


An analysis of radiating pain at lumbar discography

Eur. Spine J. 1998. 7(5): 358-362


Disability after severe injury: five year follow up of a large cohort.

Injury 1998.  29(1): 55-59


The value of lumbar spine MRI in the demonstration of annular tears.

Spine 1998.  23(4): 453-457


Scapho-lunate dissociation occurring with scaphoid fractures.

Br. J. Hand Surg. 1992. 17(3): 286-288



Mr Braithwaite consults in Chester and Wrexham.

Contact the office on 01244-300164

E mail the office on



Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital                                 

Wrexham Road                                                                                           

Chester CH4 7QP                                                   


Appointments: 01244-684325 / 684301



Yale Hospital                                                                        

Wrexham Technology Park

Croesnewydd Road           

Wrexham LL13 7YP                                                           


Appointments: 01978-268057





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