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 with particular interests in 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 whose work includes 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 practises in hand, wrist and elbow surgery. He's involved in all aspects, 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. 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 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 is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the British Society of Hand Therapists.

Occupational therapists

Gemma Willis

Gemma works in our hand therapy service, working 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 works in the fields of handtherapy and rheumatology, and is a member of the Health Professionals Council.