Meet the team

The hand, wrist and elbow trauma and orthopaedics team consists of consultant surgeons, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Clinical lead

David Warwick

Professor David Warwick

Prof Warwick is a consultant hand surgeon who joined the Trust in 1998. His particular interests are rheumatology, problems with the distal radio-ulnar joint (which is at the end of the arm next to the wrist), Dupuytren's disease, hand trauma and wrist instabilities.

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Ms Eleni Balabanidou

Ms Balabanidou is a consultant surgeon who joined the Trust in 2010. Her work involves full time NHS practice, which includes both elective and trauma surgery on hands, wrists and elbows.

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Mr George Cox 

Mr Cox is a consultant upper limb and trauma surgeon who specialises in shoulder, hand and elbow surgery. He performs both arthroscopic (keyhole) and open surgery, and is passionate about the teaching of trauma care.

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David Hargreaves

Mr David Hargreaves 

Mr Hargreaves has worked for the Trust since November 1998, practising in hand, wrist and elbow surgery. He's involved in all aspects of this area of surgery, from trauma injuries and revision elbow replacements to surgery of the little finger nail bed.

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Mr Alistair Phillips 

Mr Phillips is a consultant trauma and upper limb surgeon who joined the Trust in February 2016. As well as being a hand surgeon, he's part of the on-call trauma and orthopaedic team for the hospital's major trauma centre. He has a specialist interest in hand surgery performed under local anaesthetic.

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Peter Belward

Peter is the lead physiotherapist for elbows and hands within the orthopaedics section. He qualified as a state registered physiotherapist in 1991 from Brunel University, London and is a member of the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT). As a clinical specialist physiotherapist he supports the hand and elbow surgeons, seeing patients in the orthopaedic outpatients clinics before and after their operations. He is also involved in the sports injury clinic within the physiotherapy department.

Karen Belward

Karen is a chartered physiotherapist specialising in upper limb therapy. She provides day to day clinical section leadership for the treatment, assessment and management of patients referred to hand therapy following trauma or elective surgery. She graduated from the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff in 1994 and is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the British Society of Hand Therapists.

Occupational therapists

Gemma Willis

Gemma is a leading occupational therapist within the hand therapy service at the Trust. She graduated from the University of Southampton in 2002. Gemma works closely with both the physiotherapists and orthopaedic consultants on a wide range of hand injuries and conditions, to provide splinting and rehabilitation services. She is a member of the British Association of Hand Therapy.

Caroline Spicka

Caroline is an occupational therapist within the hand therapy service at the Trust. Caroline works in the fields of handtherpy and rheumatology. She graduated from Stuttgart Occupational Therapists School and in 2007 she gained an MSc in health and rehabilitation from the University of Southampton. Caroline is also a member of the Health Professionals Council.