Professor Giddins has been an Orthopaedic and Hand surgeon in Bath since 1995. He trained at Cambridge University and St Thomas’s Hospital followed by Orthopaedic and Hand Surgical training in Oxford and London with some overseas training in Hand surgery in Boston, Stockholm and Strasbourg. He achieved the specialist Orthopaedic Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1992 and the European Diploma in Hand Surgery in 1996.
He is privileged to work in a very supportive team of four hand surgeons and four hand therapists as part of one of the strongest Hand surgical teams in the UK. He undertakes with a wide range of practice including a full range of elbow, wrist and hand trauma and elective conditions. He has particular interests in the management of common hand injuries, the mechanism and outcome of falls on the wrist, and minimal access surgery for many common elective hand conditions such as finger ganglia, corrective osteotomies and closed fusions. He runs a specialist practice in adult and obstetric brachial plexus injuries, wrist and pathology and rheumatoid arthritis.
He was President of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand in 2017 and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hand Surgery (European) from 2012-2016.
He continues to teach and has a Post-graduate Certificate in Medical Education.
Current NHS position
Consultant Orthopaedic and Hand Surgeon at the Royal United Hospitals, Bath
Year of first medical qualification
Special clinical interests
Hand, wrist and elbow surgery especially:
Carpal Tunnel syndrome
Ulnar nerve compression/cubital tunnel syndrome
Tennis and golfer’s elbow
He is a visiting professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Bath, where he researches tendon injuries, mechanisms of falling and joint replacement failures. He has an NIHR grant to develop a novel drill guide system. He has developed a novel jig to measure DRUJ instability and is developing jigs to measure instability in other joints.
He has published over 100 research papers, one book, one DVD on injections, 14 book chapters and edited 4 books.
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies
British Society for the Surgery of the Hand
British Orthopaedic Association
Prof Giddins is married to Jane, an author; they have 3 adult children one of whom is studying medicine. He cycles almost everywhere including occasional stages of the Tour de France, and plays tennis and golf.