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Orthopaedics, Trauma and Plastics Clinical Academic Group

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Organisation profile


• Orthopaedics, Trauma and Plastics is one of the 14 acute Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs) within King’s Health Partners 21 CAG's.

• A high demand, acute service CAG, it possesses a large surgical referral base within the two acute trusts which, when combined, is responsible for an annual budget of around £80-90million.

• While currently providing excellent surgical training and education there exists significant potential for the expansion of clinical services/teaching/research utilising the  large critical mass of surgeons across all four specialists areas.


Achieving our goals

Trauma, orthopaedics and plastics:

• Enhanced treatment of patients at our Major Trauma Centre – achieved through development in both the national Trauma Audit and Research Network data and local outcome measures e.g. soft tissue reconstruction of the lower limb.

• Improved performance in treatment of elective patients in all areas of plastics and orthopaedics with e.g. meeting national targets for joint replacements.

Significant progress on King’s Health Partners’ strategic objectives:

• Combing the mind & body approach through integrating physical/mental health;

• IMPARTS – limb reconstruction;

• Elderly fragility fracture patients – early dementia assessment;

• Public heath – osteoporosis screening in fragility fracture patients – leading to effective secondary intervention;

• Exciting developments in education/training both medical/nursing/allied health professional e.g. Regional Training Programmes; Local Education and Training Board (LETB); MSc development; Simulation and robotic training & implants

• Engagement with a number of trusts where plastic surgical input is given locally


Organisational Structure

CAG Lead's: Dr Peter Earnshaw & Dr Joydeep Sinha


Dr Peter Earnshaw - Clinical director for surgery & orthopaedics’ - Guy's & St Thomas'

  • Dr Adil Ajuied - Research lead - Guy's & St Thomas'
  • Dr Diane Back - Education Lead- Guy's & St Thomas'
  • Sue Arnold - Secretary to Dr Earnshaw -
  • Louise Finch - Business Manager -

Dr Joydeep Sinha - Clinical Director, Orthopaedics - King's College Hospital

  • Dr Patrick Li - Deputy Lead - King's College Hospital


Dr Robert Bentley - Director of Trauma - King's College Hospital

  • Dr Philip Hopkins - R&D lead - King's College Hospital
  • Dr Jeff Keep - Research lead - King's College Hospital
  • Dr Simon Calvert - Education lead - King's College Hospital
  • Dr Duncan Bew  - Training lead - King's College Hospital

Dr Jian Farhadi - Head of Department in Plastic Surgery and R&D lead for Surgery - Guy's & St Thomas'

  • Dr Jenny Geh - Skin cancer research Lead - Guy's & St Thomas’
  • Dr Helen McEvoy - Education Lead - Guy's & St Thomas’
  • Dr Rachel Rolph - Research fellow Breast reconstruction - Guy's & St Thomas’
  • Dr Saahil Mehta - Research fellow Breast reconstruction - Guy's & St Thomas’
  • Mrs Billie Coomber - Breast reconstruction research lead nurse - Guy's & St Thomas'


CAG Awards & Highlighted Projects:

  • Innovation Award – Guy’s and St Thomas’: The ‘My Recovery Pack for My Hip/Knee Surgery’ pack won the British Medical Assocation award (Sept, 2014) for innovation. Orthopaedics CAG Leader at Guy's & St Thomas' Peter Earnshaw collected the award. This pack includes several resources that are designed to improve outcomes.
  • PreHeat: To reduce the risk of skin flap necrosis by local heat application prior to mastectomy.  

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