Professor Nicholas Peirce

Sports & Exercise Medicine Consultant

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


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I am Head of Service and an NHS Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Nottingham University Hospital, QMC, Nottingham. I am also Chief Medical Officer for England and Wales cricket board and an Honorary Clinical Professor in Sports Medicine at Loughborough University.

I have been in post as an NHS Consultant since 2001. I have been heavily involved in various aspects of healthcare development including the development of new SEM services including National clinic for exercisers with Type 1 diabetes, 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 worked with PHE in relation to recent campaigns for mental health (‘Every Mind Matters’). I now drive the NUH Prevention Strategy and Clinical Lead for NUH at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, Loughborough, which I helped develop.

Following an MSc in Sports Medicine, my clinical training was completed following an overseas Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Australian Institute of Sport.

A career focus on development of athlete medical services and I have worked extensively with all aspects of medical care for athletes including 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 2001-2007 until moving to cricket full time.

I have attended Sydney and Athens Olympics and Commonwealth Games. I was awarded the British Association of Sports Medicine travelling scholarship in 1998 and with the ECB won the BMJ award for Sport and Exercise Medicine Team of the year in 2013. I was Nottingham Forest lead doctor for nearly 20 years until retiring from football in 2018.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Nicholas Peirce 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

Clinical interests

Sports medicine

Qualification and professional memberships

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

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery / Nottingham University / 1988
BMBS

Diploma Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology / RCOG / 1992
MRCOG

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
FSEM

Fellow of the Institute of Sports Medicine / RSM / 2006
FISM


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 and publications

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 supervises 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.

Current NHS posts

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

Personal profile

My personal interests include cycling, cricket, golf, open water swimming and skiing.