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About Mr Page

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Piers is a consultant orthopaedic trauma and limb reconstruction surgeon with an NHS practice at Swansea Bay University Health Board, and is also national clinical lead for trauma in Wales. Graduating from Newcastle University in 2005, he spent his early postgraduate years in the North East before beginning surgical training with the British Army in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. He remained in the region for higher surgical training before undertaking fellowships in major orthopaedic trauma at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford and in major trauma and limb reconstruction at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a member of the British Orthopaedic Association, Orthopaedic Trauma Society, British Limb Reconstruction Society and Combined Services Orthopaedic Society.

Clinical Practice

Complex and periarticular orthopaedic trauma, limb reconstruction and bone infection

Piers returned to Swansea Bay having previously spent a year seconded to the University from the Army, supporting delivery of the MSc in Trauma Sciences. His appointment was in support of the South Wales Major Trauma Network, as part of a team delivering orthoplastic care of patients with open fractures. These fractures, commonly of the lower limb, have a significantly higher rate of complication than fractures where the skin is intact. By employing the latest techniques and meticulous attention to detail, the team aims to offer these patients the best possible long-term function.

In addition to his open fracture practice, he specialises in bone infection and limb reconstruction. This practice encompasses the treatment of fracture-related infection, fractures that have not healed, those which have healed in a poor position, those where the implants for fixation are now causing problems and the treatment of deformity problems with which a patient may have been born.

Academic

Orthopaedic trauma and trauma rehabilitation research

Piers is a committed clinical researcher, having undertaken both MPhil and MD research degrees. He holds the post of Honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Human Medicine and Life Sciences at Swansea University and teaches orthopaedic elements of the Graduate Entry Medicine programme. He has recently led successful funding bids for grants to investigate the impact of waiting for limb reconstruction surgery. He is a regular reviewer for, and author in a number of journals. During his time on the Complex Trauma service at Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court he mentored and co-authored the paper reporting the outcomes of genital injury in Servicepeople, which has gone on to inform guidelines around the world and be cited in evidence to the US Departments of Defense and Veterans' Affairs. He was also the lead author on one of the key papers underpinning the inception of the orthoplastic service in South Wales. He was awarded the British Orthopaedic Association Robert Jones Medal in 2019.

Medicolegal

Expert witness for complex, severe and life-changing injuries

Piers is an experienced author of medicolegal reports and now focuses primarily on complex, severe and life-changing injury. He greatly enjoys this work; so much so that he was awarded the Diploma in Legal Medicine with Distinction by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine in 2020 and LLM Masters in Law and Healthcare Ethics programme at the University of Dundee in 2023.

Education

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Surgical training and human factors

Piers greatly enjoys training the next generation of surgical colleagues and has been awarded Membership of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He provides small-group tuition for FRCS(Tr & Orth) candidates and is a question writer for the British Orthopaedic Association's UK In-Training Examination (UKITE). He has been awarded the Postgraduate Certificate of Medical Education for Surgeons by the University of Dundee and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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