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Ian J Braithwaite

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


Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon,

Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital, Countess of Chester Hospital.


Address         Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital

                     Wrexham Road


                     CH4 7QP


Contact          Office    01244-300164

                      Fax        01244-300164



GMC number              3096624

MPS registration         145627



MA (Cantab & Oxon)            I hold 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

FRCSOrth      1994              The exit exam for orthopaedic consultants

MChOrth       1994              Master of Orthopaedic Surgery by examination, Liverpool

MD               1994              Doctor of Medicine, a research degree by Thesis

CCHST          1997              Certificate of Completion of Higher Surgical Training

Specialist Register 1997       Trauma and Orthopaedics

ATLS             2010             Advanced Trauma Life Support (recommended for Instructor)  

FRCSOrth Examiner 2007-2016


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, 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.

My spinal surgery was principally lumbar. Most trauma is managed non-operatively. I assess all spinal conditions, and if surgery is required outside of lumbar decompression I refer 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 examine regularly.



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.

Mersey Region BST committee 2001-2004

Mersey Region orthopaedic STEC 2001-2016

Mersey Orthopaedic Training Programme Associate Director

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

I was 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. Ongoing research is submitted.

I supervised a PhD student, and am involved in spinal projects with the University of Wales (Wrexham campus), and 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