Musculoskeletal Medicine PGCert tutors

Collage picture with Musculoskeletal Medicine course tutors

Our teaching faculty consists of a wide range of clinicians including Sport & Exercise Medicine Consultants, GPs with an Extended Role in musculoskeletal medicine, Advanced Practice Practitioners, Consultant Physiotherapists and Orthopaedic Surgeons. Click on each tutor’s name to read more about their work. 

Simon Boyle

Mr Simon Boyle

Simon Boyle has a unique experience in pioneering shoulder surgery techniques for pathologies including rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability (dislocations), sports injuries, impingement pain and shoulder stiffness (frozen shoulder and arthritis). Simon became the first UK surgeon to perform the complex arthroscopic Latarjet shoulder stabilisation procedure.

Simon spent a further year in the prestigious Wrightington Upper Limb Unit working with Professor Len Funk, Professor Ian Trail and Mr John Haines. Here he further refined his clinical knowledge and surgical skills. Simon has been a Consultant in Orthopaedics specialising in shoulder and elbow surgery since 2010.

Jo Gibson – Specialist Shoulder Physiotherapist

Jo Gibson

Jo studied physiotherapy at the Salford College of Technology and qualified in 1987.  Following graduation, she worked at Queen’s Medical Centre where an encounter with Professor Angus Wallace fuelled her interest in the shoulder.  She subsequently moved to Liverpool where she joined forces with Professor Simon Frostick and in 1996 became one of the first specialist Upper Limb Physiotherapists in the UK.

In order to increase her subspeciality knowledge and expertise, Jo completed travel fellowships in the UK, Europe and the USA sponsored by the British Elbow and Shoulder Society and Royal Liverpool University Hospital Trust Charities Board.

Since that time the Liverpool Upper Limb Unit has gained an International reputation as a centre of Excellence in Shoulder and Elbow surgery and it was here that Jo started working with Peter Brownson. 

Jo has a passion for education and since 1996 she has lectured nationally and internationally on rehabilitation of the shoulder and she runs her own courses all over the World.  Internationally, in 2004 she was a co-founder of the International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists, a meeting which now runs tri-annually. In addition, Jo has served as Vice president and Chair of the education committee on the EUSSER board (European Society of Shoulder & Elbow Rehabilitation).

Nationally, Jo has been the AHP representative on the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) Council and in addition she has served as a member of the BESS Research and Education Committees. She is an associate lecturer at the University of Liverpool and has co-developed tailor-made Masters modules to support physiotherapists working in or towards specialist Upper Limb appointments. 

Jo completed her Masters in Advanced Practice at Liverpool University in 2012 and completed her dissertation on the Biopsychosocial model cementing her belief in tailoring treatment to the individual and the importance of communication skills.

She continues to be involved in upper limb research, has presented original research at many National and International conferences winning three Best Paper prizes. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and written several book chapters. Jo has also co-authored BESS Care Pathways for the British Elbow and Shoulder Society.

Jo’s recognized expertise in the assessment and management of shoulder pathology has resulted in consultancy work with many elite sports teams in a variety of sports including football, rugby, cricket, gymnastics, swimming, boxing and tennis. In addition, she is regularly sought out by other clinicians to help problem solve more challenging presentations.

Her close working relationship with Peter Brownson has been pivotal in the opportunity to develop postoperative rehabilitation regimes facilitating early return to sport or function and has resulted in a publication of results in an elite football population.

Val Jones – Specialist Elbow Physiotherapist

Val Jones

Val Jones is a Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist working at the Sheffield Shoulder and Elbow Unit at the Sheffield Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust and also works in private practice. She lectures nationally and internationally about the assessment and rehabilitation of the elbow joint. Val is research active has published in peer-reviewed journals, contributed to book chapters, and is a longstanding member of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) and is the current UK national delegate and board member for EUSSER. She is an associate editor for Shoulder and Elbow, the journal of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society.

Deborah Stanton – Specialist Hand therapist

Deborah Stanton

Debs is an MSK physiotherapist by background and has worked as a hand therapist for over 20 years. She is currently the Clinical Lead in Hand Therapy in her busy NHS Job. She also has an interest in teaching abroad delivering training to therapists and surgeons with the British Association of Hand Therapists and the British Society of Surgery of the Hand.

Jeremy Stanton – Consultant Orthopaedic Upper Limb Surgeon

Jeremy Stanton

Jeremy qualified from Cambridge University and the Middlesex School of Medicine, UCL in 1989 and after completing his training in Orthopaedics at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, he undertook higher training in upper limb surgery with a year's hand Fellowship at the Pulvertaft Hand Centre in Derby and a further year’s Fellowship in Perth, Western Australia.

He has been a Consultant Upper Limb Orthopaedic Surgeon in Colchester, UK since 2001. He has run the Colchester Shoulder Arthroscopy course for the last 10 years, teaches hand surgery as part of the British Society of Surgery of the Hand overseas team in Malawi and is an experienced lecturer in Human Factors training.

Johan Holte – Specialist Spinal physiotherapist

Johan Holte

Johan is a Consultant Physiotherapist for Sussex Musculoskeletal Partnership (SMSKP) Central.  He is clinical lead for the spine service and the audit and research lead. Johan has a Master’s degree in Research (MRes) and has a special interest in spinal pain. He is a member of the Versus Arthritis MSK Champions leadership program.  Furthermore, Johan is a Versus Arthritis Core Skills in Musculoskeletal Care trainer, teaches on the Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice in Mid Sussex and examines medical students for the Brighton Sussex Medical School. In his spare time he is a keen runner and mountain biker.

Benoy Mathew – Specialist Hip & Groin Physiotherapist

Benoy Mathew

Ben qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998 and has worked extensively in hospital, private practice and sporting settings within Asia, Middle East and the UK.  Having specialised in musculoskeletal care, he works as an MSK Extended Scope Practitioner in the NHS and also in private practice. He has developed a special interest in treating complex lower limb pathologies, running injuries and chronic hip and groin patients. The majority of his private caseload is made up of recreational runners and overuse lower limb injuries. He is also involved in training and designing screening programmes for various client groups in private practice.

Ben has completed his Masters in Advanced Physiotherapy from the University of Hertfordshire in 2014 and was the national winner for the highest scoring candidate of the society of orthopaedic medicine registration examination and was the recipient of the Saunders prize for 2011.

Clinically, he deals with complex patients referred by GPs and for a second opinion on failed patients by other therapists. Ben loves a challenge and enjoys treating hip and groin patients and overuse running injuries. He is passionate about the application of research in clinical practice and is also involved in regular teaching nationwide on multiple lower limb courses.

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Mr Parag Jaiswal

Parag Jaiswal

Mr Jaiswal’s NHS practice is based at The Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust. His duties comprise a general trauma service and specialised complex lower limb trauma. His elective duties include Hip and knee surgery with a special interest in Young Adult Hip Pathologies and cartilage injuries in the knees and hips.  His Private Practice is based in central and North Central London.

He is leading the formation of The Young Adult Hip Unit at The Royal Free London NHS Trust and also a multidisciplinary team at The Private Hospital of St. John & St. Elizabeth to deal with adults/athletes with hip and groin pain.

Mr Jaiswal qualified from Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Medical School in 2001. After completing basic surgical training at Guy’s and The Royal London Teaching Hospitals, he undertook his orthopaedic training on the renowned Stanmore rotation, where he was one of the first-ever academic trainees. On this rotation, he trained in world-famous tertiary units where complex surgery was the norm like the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (Stanmore) and The Royal London Hospital (a major trauma centre). On the research side, Mr Jaiswal worked with some of the leading Academics in Modern Day Orthopaedics such as Professors George Bentley and David Marsh. Several of the research projects resulted in international and national prizes.
After completing his surgical training and thesis on cartilage injuries, he travelled to Calgary (Canada) to undertake joint reconstruction and young adult hip fellowships and complex trauma. This was a high volume centre in simple, complex and revision hip and knee replacements as well as hip arthroscopy and osteotomies (breaking of bone and realignment). He was awarded the prestigious British Orthopaedic Association Soli Lam Travelling Fellowship to facilitate this.
Mr Jaiswal gained considerable more experience during his second fellowship at Frimley Park Hospital (one of the highest volume hip arthroscopy centres in England) and further enhanced his hip and knee surgery skills.

During his Consultant post at Guy’s & St. Thomas’s NHS Trust, he was awarded the British Hip Society Travelling Fellowship. This gave him the opportunity to visit one of the world’s leading and pioneering hip Arthroscopists, Marc Philippon in Vail, USA. Having learnt advanced arthroscopy skills and also having worked as a Consultant in the young adult hip unit at Guy’s Hospital, he is able to offer a comprehensive hip and knee service to patients with complex problems through a logical, innovative but evidence-based approach.

Mr Peter Gallacher

Peter Gallacher

Mr Gallacher is a Consultant Knee and Sports Knee Specialist at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital as part of the sports injuries team.  His areas of specialist expertise cover acute knee injuries, knee arthroscopy and soft tissue knee surgery, sports injuries, running injuries and surgery for the arthritic knee. Dealing with problems following sports injuries including ACL reconstruction and meniscal (cartilage) tears, cartilage repair, patellofemoral disorders and degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis with partial knee replacement and total knee replacement.

He undertook his specialist orthopaedic training on the highly regarded Oswestry training programme during which he developed a sub specialist interest in surgery around the knee. He was fortunate enough to train under Dai Rees and the sports injuries team in Oswestry in addition to the knee specialists in both Stoke on Trent and Oswestry.

He has published papers on general orthopaedics and on specialist knee topics and following completion of his specialist training underwent fellowship knee training in Sheffield and undertook a travelling fellowship supported by the British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK) in Europe visiting centres of excellence in knee surgery.

He has an ongoing involvement in the Specialist orthopaedic training programme, with involvement in clinical supervision of trainees and teaching on advanced orthopaedic courses. He is a member of the British Orthopaedic Association, the British Association for Surgery of the Knee, The European Society for Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy The International Cartilage Repair Society and the British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Association.

Outside of work he likes to get out and about and stay active, enjoying the Shropshire lifestyle and countryside with his young family. His hobbies include football, cycling, running, swimming and getting out and about on the lanes in his Land Rover with his son as co-pilot. He is a big sports fan and enjoys rugby, motorsports and football especially his hometown team of Glasgow Celtic.

Nick Knight – Sports Podiatrist

Nick Knight

Nick is a Sports Podiatrist and the Clinical Director of NK Active.  He graduated from the University of Northampton and subsequently completed a Masters degree at Brighton University in clinical lower limb biomechanics and rehabilitation.  He has a particular interest in exercise-induced leg pain and plantar plate injuries and has written various journal articles and presented lectures on these topics. He has also published some research into why runners may get Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). Also he enjoys helping educate colleagues and students and takes undergraduates on placement in private practice.

After working in the NHS for several years he transitioned fully to private practice where he has worked with a variety of patients from recreational runners to elite athletes and was a Sports Podiatrist at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He spends his weekends playing sports including hockey, for which he is the Captain of his local team, as well as enjoying squash and cycling.

Mr Daniel Marsland

Daniel Marsland

Daniel qualified in Medicine from Sheffield University in 2003 and went on to complete his Orthopaedic higher specialist training in Wessex, followed by a visiting trauma fellowship in Liverpool.

He has a particular interest in sport injuries and arthroscopic surgery of the foot and ankle and completed his MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Bath University. He is trained in shockwave therapy to treat both Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis. He also treats complex foot and ankle trauma, as well as general trauma.

Daniel has extensive fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery at world-renowned centres including:

  • Mater Adult Hospital, Brisbane (with Dr Michael Lutz and Dr Ben Forster)
  • Fortius Clinic, London (with Mr James Calder)
  • London Orthopaedic Clinic (with Mr Lloyd Williams)

In support of his fellowship training in Australia he was awarded the prestigious British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Gold Award. He has also undertaken a travelling fellowship to the University of Amsterdam to visit Professor Niek van Dijk, a pioneer in arthroscopic surgery.

Daniel has taught surgical techniques at international and national meetings, been Faculty for international webinars, and is due to sit as Faculty at the next European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) meeting.

He has strong research interests with over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including several on ankle syndesmosis injuries. He is currently the research lead in Trauma & Orthopaedics at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. His experience includes the completion of a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Daniel has authored the popular book "Crash Course in Orthopaedics and Rheumatology”, widely used by medical students, and more recently written a book chapter on ankle instability in "Essentials of Foot and Ankle Surgery", aimed at Orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists and sports doctors.

Other sports roles include working as a pitch-side doctor for Swindon Town F.C. and providing ringside trauma cover at English Amateur Boxing events.

Dr Giles Hazan

Giles Hazan

Giles currently works as a GP with a specialist interest in musculoskeletal medicine for Sussex MSK Partnership Central & Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust based in community clinics in Brighton, Haywards Heath and Eastbourne.

He has a keen interest in medical education having trained as a GP trainer he has gone on to support both undergraduate and postgraduate education in pain and musculoskeletal problems. including for Versus Arthritis (formerly Arthritis Research UK).

Giles was previously Vice-President of the British Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine and now sits on the education board of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) as lead for Musculoskeletal medicine.

Dr Roshan Gunasekera


Roshan is a Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) Registrar at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. He graduated from Sheffield University in 2013 subsequently completing an Academic Foundation Programme in Medical Education. After completing a Masters in SEM at University College London he was awarded the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellowship in SEM at the School of Health and Related Research in Sheffield. In-between SEM speciality training Roshan was appointed as Health Education England’s Leadership Fellow, during which time he supported the implementation of Public Health England Active Hospital at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. He has completed postgraduate qualifications in Medical Education and Medical Leadership and is an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at the Academic Unit of Medical Education at Sheffield University. Outside the hospital, Roshan is a club doctor for Sheffield United Football Club and matchday doctor for Catalan Dragons and Doncaster Knights.

Dr Faisal Shaikh 

Dr Faisal Shaikh

Dr Faisal Shaikh is a specialist registrar in Sports and Exercise Medicine at the Oxford University Hospitals and an MSK and pain doctor at the Surrey Community MSK and Pain Clinic.

He completed his medical degree in 2007 and went on to do Core Surgical Training with an Orthopaedic theme where he developed experience in the  Management of fractures and orthopaedic emergencies and achieved his MRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He subsequently trained on the General Practice VTS scheme and qualified as a General Practitioner in 2014. He worked on several roles in General Practice, most recently and currently as a Consultant in Primary Care at the FirstCare Practice in London.

He was awarded the Arthritis Research UK ( now known as Versus Arthritis) bursary to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in MSK Medicine which he completed with the University of West Middlesex. Dr Shaikh has experience in dealing with a wide variety of Sports, Exercise, Musculoskeletal and Pain Medicine problems in various settings including pitchside care in football and rugby, community care/ general practice, intermediate MSK services, and secondary care /hospital settings. He is qualified in Musculoskeletal UltraSound and is a trustee of the society of Musculoskeletal Medicine. 

Apart from work, he has travelled abroad to Africa and the Indian Subcontinent to provide relief medicine and charity projects. He is a proud father and enjoys studying comparative theology and linguistics.