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Towards the endo of 1986 the Nuffield Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Medical Director of Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre perceived the increasing demand for revision surgery of failing hip replacements. They also realised the need for increasing specialisation within orthopaedics and obtained approval for the creation of a new consultant post at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre to work solely in the field of hip and knee arthritis and revision surgery; a visionary and, at that time, unique concept.

Peter McLardy-Smith was appointed to the post early in 1987. A few years later a further new post was created in hip and knee surgery and in addition to develop the knee arthroscopy service within the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. Chris Dodd was appointed to this and, as old friends and colleagues, it was natural that we should team up within the hospital structure. Clinical demand in the field grew rapidly and with it, the need to provide greater capacity. We are now eight friends and colleagues working solely in the field of adult hip and knee surgery based at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, the musculoskeletal teaching hospital for the University of Oxford and a world renowned centre for postgraduate teaching and research.

From the earliest years we have also practiced together as a group in the private sectors; between us we cover every aspect of hip and knee surgery from minor injuries to massive reconstructions. We have weekly meetings to discuss clinical cases and can thus bring a vast experience and expertise to any clinical problem. Specialisation within orthopaedics is no longer unique, but we believe that this group is - working together as a team, both in the setting of an NHS teaching hospital and t
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