Edwards, Miss Caroline

MB ChB, MRCS ENG, FRCS Tr&Orth

Specialty

Trauma and orthopaedics

Sub-specialty

  • Paediatric orthopaedics
  • Neuromuscular disorders and cerebral palsy
  • Sports injury and trauma

Training and education

Miss Edwards trained at Bristol University and had fellowship training and Southampton and Sydney Children’s Hospitals. She has kept close links and mentorships via the American Academy for Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Childhood Disabilities..

Fellowships

Miss Edwards undertook a specialist fellowship at University Hospital Southampton alongside Professor Clarke and the rest of the high class team. This gave her broad expertise across children’s orthopaedic conditions as well as accidents and trauma.

Her second visiting fellowship was at the Cerebral Palsy Institute of Australia in Sydney. This fine-tuned Miss Edwards' training for cerebral palsy with a modern multidisciplinary team approach to maximise the function and enjoyment of life for children with cerebral palsy. Miss Edwards believes surgery is an augment to a great therapy programme. This fellowship also gave Miss Edwards her specialist training in other neuromuscular conditions such as spina bifida, hypotonia and a range of syndromic conditions.

Experience

Miss Edwards is the senior consultant for the neuromuscular team overseeing a team of four consultants, three surgeons in training and an extended scope physiotherapist and occupational therapist.

The service has run for the last seven years and now includes neuromuscular hip screening, referral pathways and complex patient meetings. The team has close links with Oxford for gait analysis assessment and also currently supports five special schools clinics.

Miss Edwards' particular interest is in dystonia (a movement disorder that causes muscle spasms) and medically complex children.

Within her trauma role, she sees patients with sports injuries and fractures including knee, foot and ankle injuries. She has worked closely with Arthrex (a medical device company), introducing adult bracing systems to the paediatric group to allow rapid recovery and rehabilitation.

Research

  • Cerebral palsy integrated database – set up and implementation for the south coast
  • Vulnerability factors – planning the surgical journey in severe cerebral palsy
  • PVL osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  • Vitamin D deficiency in childhood
  • Treatment and scoring of complex regional pain syndrome in childhood.