Mr Cass is a Fellowship trained Spinal Surgeon based in Brighton & Hove, with a practice covering a large part of South-Eastern England. He consults in Brighton & Hove and was appointed as the first Fellowship trained spinal Surgeon at BSUH in 2003 and was the Senior Surgeon at the Trust until 2016. He became independent in 2017, and was given an Honorary Contract with BSUH Trust. His practice covers NHS & independently funded patients.
His busy clinical practice covers all aspects of Spinal Surgery excluding operative treatment of paediatric deformity. He sees approximately 600 new patients per year and undertakes approximately 400 procedures per annum. Areas of particular interest are in back & neck pain, non-fusion treatment of degeneration and spinal trauma. Mr Cass is regularly consulted for second opinions on patients from all over the UK & abroad, particularly SE England & London and is a Specialist Advisor on spinal issues to the Health Ombudsman for England & Wales.
Mr Cass has undertaken medico-legal work for 19 years, with a relative hiatus for the past 6 years due to clinical commitments. He currently produces around 35 thorough and detailed reports a year in personal injury. accidental trauma and clinical negligence including complex cases. Mr Cass's reduced clinical commitments now allow him to again increase the medico-legal aspect of his practice.
His current ratio of instruction is approximately 40% litigant, 40% defendant & 10% joint report. In the past 5 years, he has been to Court once (High Court of England) & given evidence in chief & under cross examination (acting for defendant). Mr Cass has regularly presented evidence in Coroner's Court on behalf of his NHS Trust.
Mr Cass has mostly produced reports in musculo-skeletal trauma & injury, and more specifically spinal injury, including whiplash, neck & back pain & discal injury.
He has been increasingly involved in medical negligence casework and this is an area in which he has a particular interest and is able to provide his expertise in.
Mr Cass's hourly rate for basic reports is £300/hour
He can typically see a patient within 4 – 6 weeks of confirmation of instruction and a draft report usually completed & returned within 6 weeks of the consultation.
Mr Cass can see patients in Brighton & Hove. He does not undertake domestic visits or consultations.
MB BS Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School. Specialist orthopaedic training (FRCS T&O) Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore & St Mary's Specialist registrar training rotation. Senior Spinal Fellow, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. Mr Cass regularly attends courses and seminars to keep his medicolegal knowledge relevant and up to date.
General Medical Council (3563625), British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS), British Orthopaedic Association (BOA), AO International Spine Group