Professor Nicholas Peirce MBE

Sports & Exercise Medicine Consultant

B Med Sci, BMBS, MRCOG, MSc Sports Med, FISM, FSEM

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Please note Professor Peirce sees patients aged 16 or older.

I enjoy working with anyone with a musculoskeletal or exercise related problem, regardless of background.  Until recently I spent over 20 years as an NHS consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Queen’s Medical Centre for over 20 years, and was privileged to provide care for NHS referrals, both local and national. Equally I have been in an incredibly fortunate position in working, for over 25 years, with  some of the most elite athletes. Currently this elite work includes my position as Chief Medical Officer for England and Wales Cricket Board and as an Honorary Clinical Professor in Sports Medicine at Loughborough University.

My NHS Consultant post at QMC, Nottingham, started in 2001, following an MSc in Sports Medicine and an overseas Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Australian Institute of Sport.

This role saw me heavily involved in various aspects of healthcare development, including the development of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine at Loughborough, lead for Training Programs in the East Midlands, Council member for the Faculty for SEM and SAC and National lead for National Recruitment and Workforce planning for Sport and Exercise Medicine. I have enjoyed working with PHE as a Special Advisor in Sports Medicine during the pandemic and supported a variety of public health campaigns for physical and mental health, including the NUH Prevention Strategy and Active Hospital program.

My career has also focused on the development of elite athlete medical services, working extensively with all aspects of care for athletes. This work has included 7 years as Lead Physician for the English Institute of Sport at Loughborough University, CMO for GB World Class Canoeing Program 1997-2017, Great Britain Rowing, Team GB and for LTA Great Britain Davis Cup team from 2001-2007 until moving to cricket full time.

This career has allowed to work at the Sydney and Athens Olympics and Melbourne Commonwealth Games, awards of the British Association of Sports Medicine travelling scholarship in 1998 and with the ECB, the BMJ award for Sport and Exercise Medicine Team of the year in 2013. In 2020 my time at the ECB saw a presentation with the annual Special award for services to cricket and an MBE in 2022 for “Services to Sport during the Pandemic”.

Throughout this period, I have also been fortunate enough to have spent over 20 years  in football, largely as the Nottingham Forest’s lead Sports Physician until retiring in 2018 and more recently chairing the governance activities of a leading international sports organisation that oversees multiple football clubs.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Nicholas Peirce MBE at Spire include:

Sports and exercise medicine

Other treatments

  • Apophysitis
  • Avulsion
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage
  • Chondromalacia
  • Effusion
  • Enthesopathy
  • Haematoma
  • Illness or injury including Neck; Shoulder; Arm; Elbow; Forearm; Wrist; Chest wall; Abdominal wall; Back; Buttock; Hip; Groin; Thigh; Knee; Patella; Lower leg; Calf; Ankle; Heel; Foot; Rotator cuff; Subacromial; Tennis/Golfers elbow; Meniscus; Achilles; Sports hernia; Quadriceps; Hamstring; Anterior knee pain; Osgood-Schlatters; Lower back pain; Shin pain or splints; Metatarsal
  • Impingement
  • Injury
  • Instability
  • Malalignment
  • Musculoskeletal pain related to physical activity
  • Muscle strain, sprain, tear, rupture, spasm, cramp, overuse
  • Pain
  • Paraesthesiae
  • Periostitis
  • Sports Injuries: football; cricket; olympic; running; rowing; canoeing; triathlon; track; swimming; adolescents & adults (young to elderly)
  • Stress fracture
  • Subluxation
  • Swelling
  • Synovitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendinosis

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Additional information

Sports medicine

Bachelor of Medical Sciences / Nottingham Univesity / 1986
B Med Sci

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery / Nottingham University / 1988

Diploma Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology / RCOG / 1992

Master of Science in Sports Medicine (With Distinction) / Nottingham University / 1996
MSc Sports Med

Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK) / FSEM / 2006

Fellow of the Institute of Sports Medicine / RSM / 2006

Professional memberships

British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine

American College of Sport Exercise Medicine

Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine

Royal College of Physicians

Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

Research interests in Metabolic and Endocrine Physiology in exercise were established during a two-year Lectureship at Nottingham University, working with Prof Paul Greenhaff and Professor Ian Macdonald and training at the Copenhagen Muscle research Centre.

Other activities include Chairing several committees, editorial Boards for BJSM and CJSM, International Medical Committees and active involvement in research and injury surveillance.

I currently supervise 6 Phds at Bath, Loughborough, St Georges, Birmingham and Bangor University looking at injury surveillance, osteoarthritis, cardiac screening, biomechanics, spondylolysis, concussion and helmet design as well as research interests in bone development in athletes, metabolic medicine and diabetes and exercise.

Head of Service and an NHS Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Nottingham University Hospital, QMC, Nottingham

Married and a father of two, I enjoy cycling, skiing, Norfolk beaches, and returning to family routes in New England when possible, including seeing the New England Patriots. i still play the very odd game of cricket but am resigned to watching our children be much better at sport (in fact almost everything) than I ever was. At some point, as and when time allows, I would like to go back to writing, having previously had a regular column in the Observer when it ran its Sports Monthly edition.