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Mr Matthew Smith

Professional Description:

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon (Shoulder & Elbow Surgery)


MB ChB, MRCS(Eng), FRCS(TR & Orth), PGDip.

The Bone & Joint Centre
Spire Liverpool
57 Greenbank Road
L18 1HQ
Area of work:

Liverpool and Manchester


NHS Practice 

I am a consultant at The Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and have been since September 2009. My primary role is as a subspecialist shoulder and elbow surgeon. There is a heavy bias to treating tertiary referral patients with complex conditions referred over by consultant colleagues from far afield as well as treating patients from the local catchment area. 

As a subspecialist shoulder and elbow surgeon I undertake procedures that are practiced by a limited number of appropriately skilled surgeons across the country. As a unit we provide a reference service for shoulder replacement surgery with surgeons visiting from far afield to view live surgery and learn up to date techniques such as CT guided navigation. In addition to this ultra complex work I undertake all aspects of routine shoulder surgery and most aspects of routine elbow surgery. 

I am The Shoulder & Elbow Lead for The Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics and hold a number of management responsibilities within that role ranging from the clinical management of the shoulder & elbow surgical service to providing oversight of all clinical negligence allegations for the entire Trauma & Orthopaedic Service. 

Medico-legal Practice 

I run a busy medico-legal practice and have been preparing medico-legal reports for 15 years. I undertake reports for claimant and defendant solicitors alike, in both the personal injury and the clinical negligence arenas, and aim to provide fair unbiased reports for the assistance of the court in all cases. I only provide subspecialist reports dealing with shoulder and elbow injuries and more often than not deal with complex issues. Increasingly instructions tend to relate to these more complex and higher value cases. 

Private Practice 

I am an Associate Partner of The Bone & Joint Centre and predominantly practice out of The Bone & Joint Centre at Spire Liverpool Hospital where I see and treat both private patients and NHS patients. I aim to provide a high-class personal service to all patients and treat the same conditions that I treat in my main NHS practice at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Since October 2019 I have sat on the hospital’s Medical Advisory Committee providing clinical advice on Orthopaedic & Trauma matters. 

Teaching & Training 

I have actively participated in teaching throughout my career, regularly teaching medical students from Manchester and Liverpool universities both informally in clinic or on the ward as well as more structured lecture based sessions. At each level of my training I have sought to participate in the teaching of junior colleagues both academically and practically, and have contributed to regular teaching sessions within the units I have rotated through. 

Since taking up post as a Consultant I have found my involvement in teaching has increased further. I am now a member of faculty on a number of prestigious national courses and the course organiser and convenor for a number of specialist shoulder courses. These courses are aimed at established consultants wanting to hone their skills in this subspecialty. 

I have in recent times started to get involved in teaching and training in the medicolegal arena ranging from small informal training sessions to the bigger stage of lectures to experts and lawyers alike. Beyond this I was involved in the development of online training media for medical experts and in the evolving field of accreditation for medical experts, having created the shoulder section of the MedCo accreditation course. 


British Elbow and Shoulder Society, The British Orthopaedic Association, The British Medical Association, Royal College of Surgeons of England, The North West Upper Limb Group, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

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