Mr Watkinson qualified as a doctor from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1992 and trained as a specialist surgeon on the Wessex Orthopaedic Rotation. He had the opportunity to develop his expertise in shoulder and elbow surgery by undertaking a fellowship in France with Professor Pascal Boileau, one of the world's leading shoulder and arthroscopic surgeons.
His orthopaedic practice concentrates exclusively on conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow. He favours key hole techniques where possible and now carries out more than three quarters of operations arthroscopically.
Mr Watkinson's research interests include arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, reverse geometry shoulder replacement and complex ligament injuries of the elbow. He has published articles in leading orthoapedic journals and presented at a variety of national and international conferences. Mr Watkinson has been invited to write a chapter on reverse geometry shoulder replacement for the new edition of the Oxford Textbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma.
In 2005 he was awarded the Charles Neer Award for Shoulder Surgery by the American Shoulder and Elbow Society.
Mr Watkinson now performs Platelet Rish Plasma (PRP) treatment in the out-patient department of Spire portsmouth Hospital, allowing him to treat problems such as 'tennis elbow' without the need for surgical intervention.
Mr Watkinson speaks fluent French.