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- Hand surgery
- Lower limb surgery
- Reconstructive surgery
Mr James Bedford has been a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon since 2018. He qualified from the University of Leicester and trained in plastic and hand surgery in the North West, followed by a National Advanced Training Fellowship in Hand Surgery in Leeds. Alongside early clinical training he was a National Institute for Health Research academic trainee in surgical education, and towards the end of training he was awarded a two-year North West Medical Leadership Fellowship.
Mr Bedford has a broad practice encompassing many areas of plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery. He has been senior clinical advisor to the NHS National Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme for plastic and hand surgery, and leads the North West’s largest NHS local anaesthetic hand trauma service at Withington Hospital (WALANT / wide awake hand surgery), which was developed in response to the COVID pandemic.
His special interests are in children’s hand surgery and reconstruction of the paralysed upper limb. The latter includes patients with brachial plexus injuries, spasticity due to cerebral palsy, stroke or brain injury, and patients with nerve injury or compression. He is a core member of the Greater Manchester Peripheral Nerve and Brachial Plexus Service at Wythenshawe Hospital, and runs the Children’s Hand, Elbow and Shoulder Surgery (CHESS) clinics, caring for children with congenital upper limb differences, with colleagues at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and the Specialised Ability Centre. He also treats common hand conditions including arthritis, trauma / injuries, Dupuytren’s, trigger fingers, nail problems, and lumps, bumps & ganglions.
Outside of hand surgery, Mr Bedford frequently collaborates with surgeons in diverse specialties including orthopaedics, neurosurgery, general surgery and cardiothoracics for patients who require complex soft tissue reconstruction.
Areas of interest
All aspects of hand and reconstructive plastic surgery including paediatrics.
Congenital hand surgery; peripheral nerve surgery; brachial plexus; spasticity.
Dupuytren’s contracture; osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; thumb arthritis; De Quervain’s; trigger finger; tendon problems; finger joint surgery; joint replacement; wide awake hand surgery; WALANT; hand trauma; hand fractures; tendon injuries; nerve injuries.
Skin cancer; benign skin lesions; malignant skin lesions; malignant melanoma.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon
Manchester University Foundation Trust
(Practicing at Wythenshawe Hospital and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital)
(Additional) Languages spoken
- French - Basic
Development of the Manchester wide-awake hand trauma service in 2020: the patient experience
Reorganisation to a local anaesthetic trauma service improves time to treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic – experience from a UK tertiary plastic surgery centre
- MRes, Surgical Education University of Manchester 2012
- MSc, Healthcare Leadership & Management University of Birmingham 2016
- MBChB University of Leicester 2007
- FRCS(Plast) Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations 2016
- British Diploma in Hand Surgery University of Manchester 2018
- National Interface Fellowship in Hand Surgery Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 2019
Reference number 6158845
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Chair North West Society for Hand Surgery 2021
- Expert Working Group Member (Chapter H - Musculoskeletal) NHS Digital / British Society for Surgery of the Hand 2021
Details of entry to specialist register
- Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 2018
Affiliations / memberships
British Society for Surgery of the Hand (full member)
British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (full member)
British Burn Association (full member)
British Medical Association
Medical Protection Society
- BMI The Alexandra Hospital, Cheadle, Manchester
- 18:00 - 19:30
- 0161 772 0961
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.