Simon Christopher West 
                      MB BcH, FRCS (Edin) FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Simon was born In Carshalton, Surrey in 1967.

He was educated in South London (Downside School, Purley) and Surrey (Caterham School)

Basic Medical Training

Simon studied medicine at the University Of Wales College Of Medicine from 1986 until 1991.

He went on to complete his basic surgical training in hospitals throughout South Wales whilst working to achieve Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons.

He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1998.

He entered the All Wales Orthopaedic training programme for specialist training in Orthopaedics in 1999 and passed the Intercollegiate Board exam in Orthopaedics in 2004.

Villars R Marshall Arthoplasty and Arthroscopy Fellowship

From 2004 to 2005 for his final year of training Simon undertook the Villars R Marshall Lower limb Arthroplasty and Arthroscopy Fellowship at Flinders University Teaching Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia.

This public sector fellowship focused on hip and knee replacement as well as revision surgery both of the hip and the knee. Arthroscopic surgery of the knee included all basic knee problems as well as cruciate ligament reconstruction.

During his fellowship Simon was involved in several studies investigating the use of Computer navigation in Orthopaedic surgery.

The fellowship had a major commitment to primary hip and knee surgery as well as revision surgery with this being performed at the Repatriation Hospital in Daw Park, Adelaide. 

It also maintained a commitment to trauma surgery covering all aspects of acute trauma and fractures of all parts of the body.

Appointment In Northampton

Simon was appointed as an NHS Consultant  in Trauma and Orthopaedics at Northampton General Hospital in April 2005 and remained there until his resignation in 2014.

Appointment in West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Following his resignation in Northampton Simon commenced an honorary contract as an NHS consultant in West Herts which he continued until his formal appointment in April 2016. He continues to maintain his NHS commitment there now.

Private Practice

Simon has been established in private practice at the Three Shires Hospital, Northampton since 2005. His work there reflects all aspects described in this website

He specialises in joint replacement of the hip and knee including both primary and revision surgery. He undertakes knee arthroscopy also to complement his practice

Simon's Dr Foster profils can be accessed by the link below

Personal Life

Simon has been a keen rugby player through his life and been involved in the game both as a player as well as in the administration and now the coaching aspects 

During his university career Simon played for the Cardiff Medicals XV and was a key member of many of the sides that reached Quarter and Semi final stages of the Universities cup during the late 1980's.

He was secretary of the club for 1990-91.

Whilst at University Simon represented the Welsh Universities at International level from 1986 -1991.

Following university Simon went on to play for Glamorgan Wanderers in the national league as well as Pontypool and also played at a representative level for the Mid –Districts in Wales.

Ultimately his surgical career forced retirement although he can still be coaxed onto a pich at various occassions

He now coaches when he can.