Personal Details

                                                                              Contact Details

Sex:                        Male                                       The Bone and Joint Centre

Date of Birth:         25/08/1956                              Spire Liverpool Hospital

Place of Birth:        Liverpool, UK                          57 Greenbank Road

Nationality:            British                                       Liverpool  L18 1HQ

Marital Status:       Married

                                                                              Tel:           0151 522 1860

                                                                              Fax:          0151 522 1861




General Medical Council Registration


Full Registration:                                                   December 1982

GMC No:                                                               2738246

CCT Date:                                                              December 1993

Specialist Register Entry                                       May 1986

Revalidated:                                                          August 2018


Special Interests


Foot and ankle trauma and sports injuries

Foot and ankle deformity correction

Management of the diabetic foot




British Orthopaedic Association                           British Medical Association

British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society            Liverpool Orthopaedic Circle

British Limb Reconstruction Society                     Mersey Foot and ankle Group

North West Orthopaedic Diabetic Foot Group

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers




The Medical Defence Union


Medico-legal Consulting Venue and Contact


Bone and Joint Centre                                          Clare Vandewaal (PA)

Spire Liverpool Hospital                                        Tel:            0151 522 1862

57 Greenbank Road                                              Fax:          0151 522 1861

Liverpool                                                               Email:

L18 1HQ


Clinical Development and Current Practice


I qualified as a Doctor in 1981 from Liverpool Medical School. Following my pre-registration year, I moved to London and commenced my surgical training there, being elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1986 and of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1987. I worked in the busy Trauma unit at University College Hospital.


Following this, I moved back to Liverpool to become Thackary Research Fellow for 18 months, culminating in 1990 with the award of my MCh(Orth) and publication of my Thesis investigating the bone-prosthesis interface using a Confocal Microscope. During this time I was supervised and mentored by Professor Leslie Klenerman, a founding member of the British Orthopaedic Foot Surgery Society (later, British orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society) and started my interest in foot and ankle surgery. I continued my surgical training on the Merseyside rotation, including a Revision Hip Fellowship with Professor Michael Wroblewski at Wrightington Hospital. I also became Lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery of the University of Liverpool. I was appointed Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital in 1994. Prior to this, I undertook a three centre USA Foot Fellowship to Dr Roger Mann in Oakland, Dr Sigvard T Hansen Jr. in Seattle and Dr Mark Myerson in Baltimore.


As a Consultant, I was appointed to undertake lower limb surgery including revision hip and knee arthroplasty work and to further develop the foot and ankle service. However, by 2000, I elected to focus on trauma and foot and ankle surgery. In 2005, I undertook a three week Ilizarov Senior Fellowship at the Ilizarov Institute, Kurgan, Russia and, working closely with the Limb reconstruction Unit in Liverpool, applied those techniques to deformity correction around the foot and ankle. From 2005 to 2010,  I ran the orthopaedic trauma service at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and from 2010 to 2013, I took on responsibility for implementation of a clinical audit system with electronic discharges and patient case notes.


At the same time I developed a comprehensive foot and ankle service at my Trust with the appointment of three consultants, supported by Podiatrists, Physiotherapists and a Specialist Nurse.  This continues to serve the local patients and provides a tertiary referal service which extends through Lancashire, Cheshire and North Wales.  This was achieved by providing easy access and adopting a team approach to the assessment and management of these patients.  Quality of care was our aim. This ensured excellent commitment from the clinical team members despite the high workload.  Referrals between members of the Foot and Ankle Team was undertaken at the initial assessment to enable treatment plans to be provided without delay.


I retired from the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Trust in September 2019 and now work solely at the Bone and Joint Centre,  Spire Liverpool Hospital.


I have been keenly involved in hospital management, having developed and chaired the Techniques and Medical Devices group for my Trust and I was also Deputy Chair for the Clinical and Cost Effectiveness Sub-committee. I was appointed Associate Medical Director (Effectiveness) in 2015.


I have been active in the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and was Chairman of the Scientific Committee and member of Council. I was President from 2007 to 2008. I was a Director of the Society up until November 2013


As a trainee, I was President of the  58 Society, a society of Orthopaedic Trainees and Consultants from the Mersey Region meeting for case presentations and discussion. I was also Mess President of Mount Vernon Hospital and in the past have also been a Place of Work Accedited Representative for the British Medical Association.


As a student I was President of the Liverpool Medical Students Society and also became President of the Liverpool Medical Group, concerned with exploring ethics around patient care.


Private Practice


I have been running a successful private practice since 1995 and in 2009 I joined with five other senior orthopaedic surgeons to combine our services so as to provide comprehensive orthopaedic care to all our patients. Our Bone and Joint Centre is now supported by 14 highly skilled Consultants and we work closely with our radiology colleagues at Spire Liverpool Hospital


Medico-legal Practice


I have been involved in medicolegal practice since 1988 and undertake both personal injury work and medical negligence work. My instructions are approximately 40% joint, 40% plaintiff and 20% defendant. I have experience of appearing in court as an expert witness.


Teaching and Training


I have built a dynamic team over the years and our Foot and Ankle Unit was designated jointly, a Centre of Excellence for foot and ankle surgery with international surgeons visiting to observe and discuss surgery. I have run a BOFAS registered senior Fellowship for surgeons up to October 2019. I  lecture at national and international meetings. I jointly run an international foot and ankle surgery course in Liverpool for Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons. I lecture at the British Orthopaedic Association, British Orthopaedic Foot Surgery Society and European Foot & Ankle Society Scientific meetings. I am also a Faculty member on a number of prestigious national courses such as the Oswestry Foot & Ankle Course for FRCS(Orth) candidates and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Foot & Ankle Course. I have also lectured at the King’s Charcot Foot Reconstruction Course and I have organised an international symposium at the Malvern Diabetic Foot Conference.


Awards and Prizes


1993 – First Prize Senior Registrar’s Short Papers Competition, Mersey Regional H.A.

1991 - John Charnley Trust Research Fellowship

1990 - Proxime accessit  to the Norman Roberts Thesis Prize, MCh(Orth)

1990 - First Prize Senior Registrar’s Short Papers Competition, Mersey Regional H.A.

Education and Qualifications



Revalidated by the GMC with Full Licence to Practice



Awarded Fellowship (Ad Eundum) of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Ireland



Stryker Total Ankle Replacement Cadaver Master Class, Glasgow



Royal College of Surgeons Train the Trainers Course



Warwick University Sports Foot & Ankle Course



Advanced Trauma and Life Support



Principles of Deformity Correction using the Ilizarov Method, Kurgan, Russia



F.R.C.S.(Orth) England

Certificate of Completion of Training 



M.Ch.(Orth). Liverpool



The Changing Role of Engineering in Orthopaedics – ImechE, London



F.R.C.S. England



F.R.C.S. Edinburgh



L.R.C.P.; M.R.C.S – Liverpool Medical School




Employment History


October 1994 onwards                 Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

                                                      (with a special interest in disorders of the foot & ankle)

Bone and Joint Centre, Spire Liverpool Hospital,


Previous Appointments


Oct 1994 to Oct 2019                   Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital Trust




Jan 2015 to Jan 2017                    Associate Medical Director (Effectiveness)

Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital Trust



April 2005 to January 2012          Associate Clinical Director Trauma & Orthopaedics

Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital Trust



May 1992 to October 1994           Lecturer in Orthopaedic & Accident Surgery,
University of Liverpool and
                                                      Honorary Senior Registrar in Orthopaedics,
Mersey Regional Health Authority



Prestigious Appointments


2013 – 2014: President Liverpool Orthopaedic Circle

2008 – 2013: Director British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

2007 – 2008: President British Orthopaedic Foot and ankle Society

2004 – 2009: Member of Council, British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society




August 2005 to September 2005: Fellowship at The Russian Ilizarov Scientific Centre for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics, Kurgan, Russia


August 1994 to September 1994: Three centre USA Foot Fellowship to Dr Roger Mann in Oakland, Dr Sigvard T Hansen Jr. in Seattle and Dr Mark Myerson in Baltimore.


February 1993 to July 1993: Wrightington Hospital Revision Hip Fellowship


July 1989 to December 1990: Thackray Research Fellowship, University of Liverpool




Research and publications



Investigation of the 3-Dimensional Morphology of the Bone-Prosthesis Interface using a Confocal Scanning Light Microscope - M.Ch.(Orth) Degree, University of Liverpool, 1990




C Tunstall, P Laing, R Limaye, C Walker, S Kendall, D Lavalette, P Mackenney, A Adedapo, M. Al-Maiyah

1st metatarso-phalangeal joint arthroplasty with ROTO-glide implant

Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. (23) (2017), pp. 153-156


W Harrison, CR Walker

Controversies and Trends in United Kingdom Bunion Surgery.

Foot and Ankle Clinics of North America.  2016 June; 21(2): 207-217


EV Wood, CR Walker, MS Hennessy

First Metatarsophalangeal Arthrodesis for Hallux Valgus

Foot and ankle clinics, 2014 June; 19(2), 245–258


MT Nagy, CR Walker and SP Sirikonda

Second-generation Ceramic first Metatarsophalangeal joint replacement for Hallux Rigidus

Foot & Ankle International 2014 July; 3597), 690-698


EJ Bass, S Sirikonda, C Walker

A Comparison of non-union rates following 1st metatarsophalangealjoint fusion with three dorsal plating systems.

Presentation at British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Meeting, Belfast November 2013


SKV Pydah, EM Toh, SP Sirikonda, CR Walker

The correction of the intermetatarsal angle following fusion of the first metatarsophalageal joint: What can we expect?

Foot and Ankle International. 2009, May.  30(5) 415-418


A Sinha, SP Sirikonda, N Giotakis, CR Walker

Corrective Lengthening fibular osteotomy in mal-united ankle fractures

Foot and Ankle International. 2008, Nov. 29(11). 1136 - 40.


Padmakumar, C.; Ritchie, D.A.; Walker, C.R.

An Abnormal Joint between Medial Malleolus and Navicular – A source of late onset pain in treated CTEV.

Foot & Ankle Surgery  2001


Santini, A.; Walker, C.R.

Fusion of the First MTP Joint using a Low Profile Plate

Foot & Ankle Surgery  2001


Palit, A.; Ritchie, D.A.; Gupta, N.; Walker, C.R.; Helliwell, T.

Pictorial Review of Diabetic Foot Infection

Eur Radiology  2000

Gash, A.; Walker, C.R.; Carty, H.

Complete Photopoenia of the Femoral Head on Radionucleide Bone Scanning in Septic Arthritis of the Hip

Journal of Radiology 1995


Johnson, R.; Walker, C.R.; Harvey, I.; Barry, K.; Elloy, M.A.

Five to Eight Year Review of the Johnson-Elloy (Accord) Total Knee Replacement

J. of Arthroplasty 1992.


Cunningham, R.; Walker, C.R.; Ridgeway, E.

Prosthetic Hip Infection associated with a Penicillin Tolerant Group B Streptococcus

J. of Infection  1992.


Walker, C.R.; Ransford, A.O.; Stevens, J.M.; Crockard, H.A.

Atlanto-axial Subluxation: In situ Fusion Resulting in Progressive Neurological Deficit.   Spine  1992.


Ferris, B.D.; Walker, C.R.; Jackson, A.M.; Kirwan, E.O'G.

The Orthopaedic Management of Hypophosphataemic Rickets

J. of Pediatric Orthopaedics 1991.


Goodacre, T.E.E.; Walker, C.R.; Jawad, A.S.; Jackson, A.M.; Brough, M.D.

Donor Site Morbidity following Osseocutaneous Free Fibula Transfer.

British J. of Plastic Surg. 1990.


Langford, R.M.; Ferris, B.D.; Walker, C.R.

Tracheal Shift: A New Sign in Cervicothoracic Dislocation.

      British J. of Accident Surg. (Injury). 1989