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I am a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine working in elite sport. I also work within musculoskeletal triage services, including orthopaedic ICATs. I am fully registered and licensed to practice by the GMC, being a fully qualified General Practitioner(GP) and being on the GMC specialist register for sport and exercise medicine as a Fellow of the FSEM(UK). I have extensive experience in looking after elite athletes in the team setting and multi-sport team events, including managing a variety of musculoskeletal presentations. Working across different sports has allowed me to gain sport and exercise medicine knowledge applicable to a wide variety of disciplines, including football, cycling and boxing. I am also currently finishing a PhD in the area of rehabilitation.
Areas of interest
Musculoskeletal triage; sport and exercise medicine; football; cycling; boxing
Current NHS consultant posts held
NIHR PhD clinical fellow in sport and exercise medicine and General Practice (GP); GPwSI in orthopaedics; GP
Stroke rehabilitation; cycling medicine; knee osteoarthritis
Football; running; boxing; cycling
BSc (Med Sci) Hons, MBChB, DRCOG, Diploma in Mental Health (Distinction), DCH, DipSEM(UK&I), MRCGP, MPhil, Fellow FSEM (UK), Masters in Public Health (with commendation), Certificate in Medical Education.
December, 2012 Heron, N; Malliaropoulos, NG. International differences in sport medicine access and clinical management. Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons journal. 2013 Jan 21;2(4):248-52. Print 2012 Oct.
February, 2013 Heron N, Tully M, McKinley M, Cupples M. Steps To A Better Belfast – Physical Activity Assessment and Promotion in Primary care. Published in the British Journal of Sport Medicine (BJSM) – published Online First: 12 February 2013 doi:10.1136/bjsports-2012-091581
January, 2014 Heron N, Tully M, McKinley M, Cupples M. Physical activity assessment in practice: a mixed methods study of questionnaire use in primary care. Published in the BMC Family Practice journal 2014, 15:11. DOI: 10.1186/10.1186/1471-2296-15-11 URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/15/11
February, 2014 Heron N, Cupples M. The Health Profile of Football/Soccer Players in Northern Ireland – A Review of the UEFA Pre-participation Medical Screening Procedure. Published in BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation 2014, 6:5 (13 February 2014).
February, 2015 Heron, N. Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) in General Practice (GP): A Novel GP-based MSK and SEM Clinic for Managing Musculoskeletal symptoms in a GP. BMJ Quality Improvement Reports. 2015;4:1 u207172.w2905. doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u207172.w2905
June, 2015 Heron, N; Kee, F; Cupples, ME; Tully, MA. Correlates of sport participation in adults with long-standing illness or disability. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine, 2015;1:e000003. doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2015- 000003.
December, 2016 Heron N, Kee F, Cardwell C, Tully MA, Donnelly M, Cupples ME. Secondary prevention lifestyle interventions initiated within 90 days after TIA or 'minor' stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis of rehabilitation programmes. British Journal of General Practice. 2016 Dec 5. pii: bjgpjan-2017-67-654-heron-fl-oa-p.
July, 2017 Heron, N; Usher, R; MacLeod, D; Sarrieguil, I; Mercadel, J; Tully, MA. Infographic: Winning road cycle races: a Team Sky perspective. British Journal of Sport and Exercise Medicine. July, 2017. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-097819.
December, 2017 Heron, N; Kee, F; Mant, J; Tully, MA; Reilly, P; Cupples, ME; Donnelly, M. Stroke Prevention Rehabilitation Intervention Trial of Exercise (SPRITE) - A Randomised Feasibility Study. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2017 Dec 12;17(1):290. doi: 10.1186/s12872-017-0717-9.
Courses offered to GPs
Musculoskeletal courses; concussion; shoulder presentation.
- Fellow FSEM 2015
- MRCGP RCGP 2012
Reference number 6148069
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Elected council member of the FSEM FSEM 2015
Details of entry to specialist register
- Sport and Exercise medicine, 2015
- GP, 2012
Affiliations / memberships
Fellowship of the FSEM
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
02890667878 - main switchboard of Kingsbridge Private Hospital