Mr Robert Middleton is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon appointed in 1999 to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
His medical career began at Cambridge where he studied for a medical sciences degree at Magdalen College before he went up to medical school at Guys Hospital in London. Once qualified as a doctor he then trained as a surgeon at Guys Hospital, Kings College Hospital and University College Hospitals, London. On gaining his surgical fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons he then entered specialist orthopaedic training. He started as an Orthopaedic Registrar at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. Following this he was appointed as a Senior Registrar at the Middlesex Hospital London.
He undertook two fellowships which are periods of specialist training at internationally recognised centres. He trained in Fribourg in Switzerland, having been awarded an international OA Trauma Fellowship. Following the award of a Travelling Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in England and a Fellowship from the Kings Fund in London he travelled to Australia. Here he worked as a Fellow in Reconstructive Joint Surgery for Professor Howie in Adelaide.
In 1999 he was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to develop specialist practice in hip surgery and to expand trauma at Poole Hospital. New developments that he has been involved in include minimally invasive surgery, computer aided surgery, keyhole surgery for the hip, hip resurfacing, and new techniques for redo hip surgery.
He is actively involved in clinical research that develops new techniques and treatments for patients with arthritis. He has been awarded two academic appointments. He is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer at the University of Adelaide in Australia and a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University. He writes regular scientific papers both for orthopaedic journals and international conferences and is a reviewer for the principle orthopaedic journal, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He is a popular and regular lecturer on both the national and international lecture circuit and has run workshops for orthopaedic surgeons to learn new techniques across the globe.
He has set up a Fellowship Programme in Bournemouth in which orthopaedic surgeons from both the UK and abroad every year are trained by Mr Middleton in specialist hip techniques.
In 2008 he was appointed Clinical Lead in hip and knee replacement for England at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.
He works nationally across the country helping hospitals to improve and excel at the delivery of hip and knee replacements for patients. He has been at the forefront of the development of enhanced recovery programmes in orthopaedics.
Mr Rob Middleton is married with three children and lives locally. In addition to his family his main distraction outside work is sport. He is a keen runner, jogging on the beach most days and competing in local 10K runs. In the last few years he has developed a passion for cycling and road racing. He competes regularly in Cyclo Sportives which are 100 mile road races! The main goal of the year is to race in the Etape du Tour which is one of the actual stages of the Tour de France in the summer. His own sport is now being limiting by supporting his children at local hockey, netball and rugby clubs. He is a rugby coach at the Rugby Club, Chapel Gate.
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