The Foot and Ankle Surgery Department is delivered by a dedicated team of health professionals which is made up of:
Full Name: Anthony Lee Murphy
Position: Consultant Podiatric Surgeon
Professional Interests: Bunion (hallux valgus) correction. Registered podiatric surgery tutor; training future foot surgeons. Reconstructive foot surgery. Improving outcomes in foot surgery. Applied biomechanics of the foot.
Background Experience: Clinical Lead/ Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, Norfolk UK. Podiatric Registrar, Foot Surgery Centre, UK. Podiatric Surgery Fellowship Training, Dept Trauma & Ortho, Hope Hospital, Salford and Doncaster NHS. Research Fellowship, University of Salford. MRes Biomedicine, Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital, UCL.
Full Name: George Thomas Flanagan
Position: Staff Podiatrist
Professional Interests: Reconstructive foot & Ankle surgery and limb salvage.
Background Experience: First class honours degree in Podiatry. Attained primary surgical fellowship exam (part 1) and recently gained Fellowship of the College of Podiatry in Surgery following success at part 2 exam (FCPodS). Currently podiatric registrar at Northampton NHS Trusts plus previous surgical externships in Connecticut / Boston, USA and Tuttlingen, Germany.
Full Name: Martin Fawthrop
Position: Staff Podiatrist
Professional Interests: Podiatric surgery. Currently studying MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery at University of Huddersfield. Patient assessment, Local anaesthesia, post-operative pain relief, patient outcomes and post-operative care.
Background Experience: Pennine Care & Pennine Acute - routine community podiatry clinics & biomechanics. West Yorkshire NHS (Pontefract) - staff podiatrist in podiatric surgery
Full Name: Deborah Middleton
Position: Nursing Sister
Professional Interests: Patient journey through the department, particularly enjoy the whole team whole care aspect, interested in pre-surgery assessment, building good relationships with patients/clients, high quality care, compassionate, professional
Background Experience: Nursing training in Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Worked in the private sector. Moved on to work as a Sheltered Housing Scheme Manager for Blackpool Borough Council for 7 years, responsible for health and social wellbeing of 50 tenants & qualified as a Mediation Officer (first service to be set up in the town). Deborah completed her primary degree - BSc (hons) Nursing. Joined the department of Foot and Ankle Surgery in 2001. Committed to ongoing education and has completed further training in Mentorship, Masters-level practice education, pre assessment RCN accredited course.
Full Name: Rachel Scothern
Position: Mr Murphy’s Secretary
Professional Interests: Patient-centred approach to the role.
Background Experience: Relatively new to NHS - Rachel joined the Foot & Ankle surgery team in 2013 and became Mr Murphy’s secretary in 2014. Previously, Rachel was customer services manager for 15 years for a life insurance company, managing a team of 15 in the partnerships division.