Mr James Fountain

Mr James Fountain

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Joint pain treatment
  • Knee arthroscopy surgery
  • Knee replacement

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I was appointed as a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon at Aintree University Hospital in 2012. I have developed a primary and revision lower limb arthroplasty elective practice, complex lower limb trauma practice and established services of benefit nationally, regionally and to the trust. My sub-specialist interest in periprosthetic joint infection has been of significant benefit to the unit. I cover a wide range of treatments in which some include, Primary Knee and Hip Replacements, Major/Complex Trauma and Acute Fracture Management. In addition I also specialise within Revision Knee and Hip Replacements, Periprosthetic Fractures, Unicompartmental Knee Replacements, Management of Orthopaedic Infection and Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Sports Injuries.

I specialise in working as a major trauma surgeon in Mersey and Cheshire’s Major Trauma Centre; I am managing the most severely injured patients in the region on a regular basis. I also see patients on the NHS and privately at Spire Liverpool and the Sefton Suite, AUH consulting orthopaedic patients with regards to both elective lower limb problems and trauma related injuries. With my special interest in orthopaedic infection I organise, chair and run the North West Periprosthetic Joint Infection meeting. Approximately 100 surgeons/consultants from across the region attend annually.

I continue to publish widely in peer-reviewed journals on orthopaedics and my chosen subspecialties. Presenting nationally and internationally I am also invited to lecture at hip and knee arthroplasty meetings. Training and selecting the surgeons of the future is important to me: I am on the national interview panel for registrars and teach regularly on two Royal College of Surgeons courses as well as courses on orthopaedic infection, complex hip/knee surgery and FRCS (T&O) revision courses.

Fellowship August 2011 – 2012 Cavendish Hip Fellowship, Sheffield Mr I Stockley, Mr R Kerry, Mr S Buckley. The Cavendish Hip Fellowship is an advanced lower limb arthroplasty fellowship in a tertiary referral centre. It was a twelve month position managing primary and complex revision hip and knee arthroplasty of septic and aseptic aetiology, periprosthetic fractures and total hip replacement for fractured neck of femur. The unit is renowned for managing orthopaedic infections and the position of Cavendish Hip Fellow required a close and effective partnership with microbiologists and radiologists in managing these complex cases. As well as clinical commitments time was dedicated to research, audit and teaching.

Clinical Director Orthopaedics AUHVice Chair Sefton Suite Medical Advisory CommitteeOrganiser/Chair North West Periprosthetic Infection Meeting Lead in arthroplasty and orthopaedic infection (AUH)Clinical lead in advancing quality framework for hip and knee. Northwest England Interviewing panel for the National ST3 appointments for T&O. Annually. Ex-President 58 Society Clinical Supervisor to Core and Specialist Trainees.

Excellence in Surgical Education - NW School of Surgery, 2017 First Prize Surgical Division Proud of Aintree Awards November 2015. Enhanced Recovery Project in Arthroplasty.

Medico-legal Experience: I prepare over 300 medico-legal reports a year: Negligence reports and Personal Injury reports ranging from soft tissue injuries to complex orthopaedic problems on behalf of claimant, defendant and combined. I have attended conferences and seminars on medico-legal matters and understand Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules. Medco registration: DME4515I have an interest in the recovery from orthopaedic injury in the medico-legal setting. I base this on a critical review of the medical literature.


General Medical Council Number: C4721660

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Special clinical interests: Primary Knee and Hip Replacements; Major/ Complex Trauma and acute fracture management; Revision Knee and Hip Replacements; Periprosthetic Fractures; Unicompartmental Knee Replacements; Management of Orthopaedic Infection; Arthroscopic Knee Surgery and Sports Injuries.

MB / Sheffield University Medical School / 2000

FRCS / Royal College of Surgeons / 2010
(Trauma & Orthoapedic)

MRCS / Edinburgh Royal College of Surgeons / 2004

Professional memberships

British Hip Society

British Orthopaedic Association

British Medical Association

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Professional leadership

Regional (Cheshire & Mersey) Lead for Periprosthetic Joint Infection
Clinical Director Trauma and Orthopaedics Aintree University Hospital
Arthroplasty & Infection Lead Aintree University Hospital
Vice Chair of MAC Sefton Suite AUH
Advancing Quality lead TKR/THR AUH for NW England

I live in North Cheshire and am married with three children.

Triathalon – Annual Peak district triathalon.
Running – completed both the London Marathon and Great North Run and compete in 10K runs nationally.
Squash - university team and continue to play regularly.
Skiing - advanced/ off piste skier .
Golf - Club member continuing to improve my handicap.