Prof. Scott qualified in 1979 obtaining MBBS at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School (now part of University College), University of London. In 1985 he obtained FRCS Edinburgh and subsequently England. His higher professional training was based at the Royal London Hospital, with placements at the Professorial Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and at the Regional Orthopaedic Centre, Black Notley.
At the Royal London he was introduced to the concept of implant design and assessment of outcome which he has carried forwards in his career. He was appointed to the Royal London Hospital in 1992 to manage the expanding requirement for revision surgery for failed hip and knee replacements. From 1997 to 2004 he was Head of the Orthopaedic Dept but relinquished this role to pursue academic interests.
He was made an Honorary Academic Associate of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials in 1995, where he collaborated in both undergraduate and post-graduate research and education. In addition, he held an Honorary Senior Lectureship in the Bone and Joint Research Unit, at the Medical School, working in conjunction with rheumatology colleagues delivering the undergraduate curriculum and participating in research. In 2001 he was appointed as a Recognised Teacher of the University. In November 2011, his contribution to research and education was recognised by the award of an Honorary Professorship in the Bone and Joint Research Unit.
In 2003 Prof. Scott was recruited at the inception of the National Joint Registry to serve as a Regional Clinical Co-ordinator for London. In 2002 he became a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Arthroplasty and also the Editorial Society of the Bone and Joint Surgery. In 2005 he was promoted to the post of Associate Editor in what is now known as the Bone and Joint Journal.
Throughout his career he has accepted his professional responsibility to contribute his accumulated knowledge to the scientific literature. He has now contributed to approximately 60 scientific papers and five book chapters. Additionally his involvement in academic work has provided a great advantage in understanding the needs of patients with complex conditions. Through these avenues he has acquired an expertise in hip and knee replacement and revision surgery including the management of infected joint replacements and those with severe loss of bone.
Since the commencement of the National Joint Registry in 2003 he has performed over 1700 hip and knee replacement or revision operations. In 2014 he undertook 149 total knee replacements, 128 total hip replacements, 26 knee revisions and 87 hip revisions.