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Mr. Bale trained in Orthopaedics in Manchester and was previously a Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery at University Manchester from 1992-1996. Mr Bale was Harry Platt Research Fellow from 1994 to1995 and appointed Consultant in Preston in 1996. He has a particular interest in arthritis of the shoulder and shoulder replacement.
Mr. Bale is a Council Member of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society and founder member of the North West Upper Limb Group.
He has been Director of the North West Regional Training programme and North West Regional and National Trainer of the Year. He has served as Regional Speciality Advisor in Orthopaedic Surgery for the Royal College of Surgeons and is also an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons. He sits on the BOA Training Standards Committee and the SAC in Trauma and Orthopaedics which help set and maintain standards of training in our surgical trainees.
He has travelled widely in Europe and the US, exchanging ideas on shoulder surgery and is a regular teacher on national and international shoulder surgery courses.
Areas of interest
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery; Dislocations; Instability; Impingement; Rotator Cuff Tears; Frozen Shoulder; Arthritis; Shoulder Replacement; Tendon Transfers
Sports Injuries; Tennis Elbow
Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Upper Limb Surgeon
NWOTA REGIONAL TRAINER OF THE YEAR 2012
BOTA NATIONAL TRAINER OF THE YEAR 2013
- BSc St Andrews University 1983
- MBChB Manchester University 1986
- FRCS Royal College of Surgeons London 1990
- FRCS(Orth) Royal College of Surgeons London 1995
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- North West Deanery Head of Training North West Deanery 2012
- BOA Training Standards Committee BOA 2014
- SAC Trauma & Orthopaedics JCST 2014
- EXAMINER Intercollegiate Exam Board 2014
Details of entry to specialist register
- Richard Stephen Bale, 1996
Affiliations / memberships
British Elbow and Shoulder Society
North West Upper Limb Group
North West Orthopaedic Association
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.