Philip trained at Southampton Medical School, graduating 1979. His research MSC was in Spinal bioengineering. His senior specialist training was at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry. In 1990 he was a Spine fellow in Hong Kong.
In 1993 he was appointed to the University Hospitals of Leicester and in 2001 also to Nottingham University Hospitals.
Philip has an adult and paediatric spinal practice that encompasses scoliosis, trauma, tumours, infection, tuberculosis and common compressive disorders. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications on diverse topics related to spine and surgery of the spine. He assisted in the NICE guidance NG59 on low back pain.
Philip has been President of the British Association of Spine Surgeons, and has had active roles on the executive of the other British Spine Societies. He is an active member of the Spine Society of Europe and has had roles within the Executive, the Education committee, and the scientific programme committee. He was EUROSPINE President in 2014.
Philip is passionate about education and spreading the word, he has converted powerpoint presentations into air miles. He has little interest in Fiscal health care systems, except for making slightly smug comparative observations. He will be playing more golf in the future.