Peter Wade Orthopaedic and Hand SurgeonI  offer a comprehensive Orthopaedic Expert Witness service to instructing solicitors and insurance companies, in compliance with the current legislation. I aim to provide reports within 8 weeks of seeing the patients. Fees for medico-legal work are are set out in the more detailed CV on this site
My particular area of expertise within Trauma and orthopaedic surgery is Upper limb and hand surgery.


Clinical Negligence

After pre-registration training I was a casualty officer in London, a GP for a year in the UK and Canada and then a surgical registrar for four years in the specialities of general surgery, gastro-intestinal, vascular, urological and paediatric surgery. Orthopaedic training followed at Registrar and Senior Registrar levels in  the SE  Thames programme based at St Thomas’ and Guys hospitals in London but also included extensive training in the rest of the UK and abroad.

Present and Immediate Past

I am a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma surgeon in Coventry and Warwickshire with a particular interest in the upper limb. I now run an independent medicolegal practice. Until January 2017 I was a full time member of the Orthopaedic team in Coventry. I was the Clinical Director for Orthopaedics and Trauma for the UH C&W NHS Trust for nearly 6 years (1998-2005). While I had been in post the orthopaedic unit grew very considerably from 10 to 25 clinical consultants as well as adding a large academic dept with 2 professors and associated staff. It became a Level 1 trauma centre in 2011.

The unit has a heavy trauma workload and provides high quality integrated elective care in the majority of sub-specialities in Orthopaedics.  Warwick University medical students are mostly taught Orthopaedic surgery in our unit.

I have accumulated experience in all the main areas of Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery; Hip and Knee, Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, Spinal, Foot and Paediatric but I now concentrate on the upper limb.

Hand and Upper limb Surgery

My specialist interest is in hand and upper limb surgery. About 90% of my workload over the last few years has been upper limb.

Audit and Continuing Medical Education

Attendance at meetings and training sessions to keep CME in date. A yearly appraisal programme. Revalidated in 2014.


Previous regular commitment, Orthopaedic surgeons in training, medical students and others. Lecturing on outside courses, including legal seminars on personal injury.

Publications / Research

Peer reviewed research and clinical publications in general orthopaedic and hand journals. Also presentations to societies, book reviews etc.

My research interests are in hand injuries, particularly tendon damage.