Mr Nicholas Hancock

Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB, FRCS (Tr&Orth)


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I qualified in 1998 and spent two years working in renowned Major Trauma Centres (Goote Schuur and Tygerberg Hospitals) in South Africa. In the UK, I advanced my interest in orthopaedic surgery by working with leading international experts across the country. I gained a consultants post at Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust in October 2010.I have been in continuous employment in the NHS since 2000 and completed my higher orthopaedic surgical training rotation in the South of England.In 2010 I was awarded a year's fellowship in Sydney, Australia researching bone graft substitutes and artificial ligaments with the University of New South Wales. During this time I developed expertise in the latest techniques in hip and knee surgery, working at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, University of Sydney.
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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Nicholas Hancock at Spire include:

Orthopaedics - hip and knee

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Additional information

Qualification and professional memberships

MBChB / University of Cape Town, South Africa / 1998
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MRCS / Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh / 2004
Postgraduate Qualification

FRCS (Tr&Orth) / Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh / 2009
Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS)


Professional memberships

British Orthopaedic Association

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

General Medical Council

Research and publications

Since 2015, Mr Hancock has been principal investigator on a number of NIHR multicentre clinical trials. These studies are researching Achilles ruptures (a tear through the Achilles tendon), wound healing and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery.

Mr Hancock's publications include:

  • The service impact of failed locking plate fixation of distal tibial fractures: a service and financial evaluation at a major trauma centre. European Journal of Orthopaedics Surgery and Traumatology, 2015
  • Outcome of split skin grafts performed by orthopaedic surgeons in a UK major trauma centre. International Journal of Surgery, 2014
  • The limits of precision in conventionally instrumented computer-navigated total knee arthroplasty. Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy, 2012
  • Influence of electron beam melting manufactured implants on ingrowth and shear strength in an ovine model. The Journal of Arthroplasty, 2012

Current NHS posts

Consultant at University Hospital Southampton

Regional Clinical Lead for Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN)

Personal profile

I am very happy to have made Southampton my home and I enjoy sailing, fishing, cycling and gardening. Outside of work I am kept very busy by my wife and three young boys.

Financial interests

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group Plc

Contact information

Private secretary Sally Ghafoor
Private secretary telephone 023 8076 4967
Private secretary fax 023 8091 4413
Private secretary email sally.ghafoor@spirehealthcare.com