We are most proud of our Medical Director Tim Wilton on his recent prestigious award of Honorary Fellowship with the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA). The award was made in recognition of Tim’s lifetime work and hugely valuable contributions across his many key roles and achievements in the orthopaedic sector.
Tim studied at Oxford and University College Hospital, qualifying in 1978. His orthopaedic training was in Cardiff, Nottingham, and Derby where he was appointed Consultant in 1990. Tim specialised in lower limb joint surgery immediately and became the first Clinical Director of the orthopaedic unit in Derby in 1993.
Elected Treasurer of the BASK (2000-2005), Tim then became Hon Secretary (2006-2009) and President (2011-2013) and was also a founder member of the European Knee Society. Tim was elected to the BOA Council (2007-2010) and to the Presidential line in 2013, serving as President of the Association 2015-16 and was also the Robert Jones lecturer in 2016. He helped establish the process for Elective Care Reviews to address problems with joint surgery outcomes. Tim was Chairman of the Bone and Joint Publishing group having been on the Editorial Board and subsequently the Council of management of the BJJ for most of two decades.
Tim has lectured widely on TKR operative technique, kinematics and balancing the knee, and outcomes of joint replacement from registry data. Tim was a design consultant to Smith + Nephew for the implant: Journey TKR, gaining considerable insight into the design, development and manufacture of orthopaedic implants.
For many years Tim focused mainly on patient safety related to medical devices and served on the NJR Steering Committee 2003-2007. He was also on the Safety of Devices Committee and currently advises the MHRA and the FDA about joint replacement devices. He also helped set up ODEP for knees whilst he was BASK President and remains actively involved in Beyond Compliance.
Tim retired from active clinical work in May 2021 after 43 years in the NHS and was appointed as Medical Director to the NJR in 2019. He maintains an ongoing connection with the health service, not only through his role with the NJR, but also in an advisory capacity to the Independent Medical Expert Group of the MoD.