Division of Surgery & Interventional Science


Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health MSc

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The MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health, based at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health(ISEH), is designed to give students a broad understanding of sports medicine, sports injuries and exercise prescription in healthy and disease states. The MSc is also available via distance learning for students who wish to study at home - from anywhere in the UK or the world. 

It will introduce the key areas relating to sports and exercise medicine, namely musculoskeletal and sports injury, exercise physiology, psychology, working with sporting teams and the promotion of physical activity to prevent and treat disease.  

Students will gain a thorough grounding in the management of injury and of exercise prescription. This will prepare you for potential work in many areas from NHS musculoskeletal clinics and community exercise services to elite sports.

Graduates of the programme will gain a deeper understanding and valuable insights into the key areas of sports injury prevention and management, health and physical activity, and will be able to prescribe exercise safely for a range of medical conditions. This will prepare them for potential work in many areas from elite sports medicine to NHS sports and musculoskeletal clinics and exercise medicine services.

Please note that you need to be available a week before the start of UCL term for induction for this course. Induction is compulsory for all students and is usually 2 days long. There will also be a compulsory ‘Residential Day’ for Distance Learning students who wish to take module SURGGE07: Exercise Physiology in their first semester.

This MSc is designed to give clinicians and practitioners a deeper understanding of sports medicine, sports injuries and exercise medicine. The programme covers the evidence-based management of sports medicine and musculoskeletal injuries, and emphasises the vital role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. This MSc can be taken full-time over one year, part-time over two years, or via flexible distance learning.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years
Distance learning: available
Tuition Fees (2018/19)
£13,430 (FT) £6,730 (PT)
£24,860 (FT) £12,380 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from prospective students who hold a primary medical or allied health sciences degree e.g. medicine, physiotherapy, sports science. Applicants should have a minimum of one year post-graduation clinical experience relating to their primary degree.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Graduates of the programme will gain a deeper understanding and valuable insights into the key areas of sports injury prevention and management, health and physical activity, and will be able to prescribe exercise safely for a range of medical conditions. This will prepare them for potential work in many areas from elite sports medicine to NHS sports and musculoskeletal clinics, and exercise medicine services.

Recent career destinations for this degree
  • Physiotherapist and Chiropractor, Barclays
  • Doctor, NHS Health Education East Midlands
  • Rotational and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Senior Therapist, NHS Malta
  • Sports Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Princess Grace Hospital

A Master's-level degree in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health from UCL will open many doors in the sports and exercise medicine world, from sports injury clinics to developing exercise medicine programmes for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and working with sports teams. UCL's MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health is led by local experts with active involvement in the NHS and elite sports and exercise medicine settings. A distinct feature of the programme is the wide variety and large number of distinguished external guest speakers, all experts in their own field locally, nationally and internationally. Students have unrivalled access to our guest speakers for career advice and potential opportunities.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This MSc is open to both medical and non-medical graduates with an appropriate background who wish to gain a deeper understanding of sports medicine, sports injuries and exercise medicine, are planning a career in the field, or wish to develop the skills necessary for further research.

Application deadlines
All applicants
27 July 2018

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at graduate level
  • why you want to study Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Degree last modified on 15 February 2018 at 14:43 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years
Distance learning: available
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Degree Information

The programme focuses on sports injuries and their prevention and treatment, and provides a thorough grounding in relevant areas of anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology and psychology, as well as the fundamentals of exercise in maintaining and improving health. Students develop essential research skills through an independent research project.

All students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (60 credits). Clinical sessions are spread over the year; commitment is equivalent to one half-day per week over three 12-week semesters. Clinic options include sports injury, physiotherapy and podiatry, exercise testing, and team visits.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core modules
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health and Physical Activity
  • Sports Injuries I – Lower Limb
  • Sports Injuries II – Upper Limb
  • Sports Injuries III – Head, Neck and Spine
  • Advanced Sports Injury and Injury Prevention
  • Research Methods
Optional modules
  • Team and Event Medicine
  • Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries

All MSc students undertake an independent research project from a diverse range of available topics, which culminates in a dissertation, an oral examination and a presentation.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, hands-on practical sessions, small group seminars, clinics and field trips, and will be delivered by lecturers who are highly experienced in their field. Up-to-date, evidence-based practice will be emphasised throughout and students' contribution through discussion is considered key. Assessment is through written examination, presentations, coursework and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), as well as the dissertation and viva voce (oral) examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health MSc

Degree last modified on 15 February 2018 at 14:43 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.

Core Reading List

The most useful pre-course preparation you can do is to familiarise yourself with the anatomy – although the essentials will be recapped, this is assumed knowledge for most sports injury lectures

The most relevant purchases to consider are texts on anatomy, general sports injury and exercise medicine/physiology.

There are many different texts for each of these topics, some are suggested below. We’ve listed the ones we particularly like but that does not mean other texts would not be good enough. The best one is the one you find easiest to work with so it is worth spending some time browsing.

It is not necessary to read or purchase all the texts on this list before starting the course. In addition, UCL has several relevant e-books on its library catalogue. Many are listed on Moodle.

General Sports Injury
  • Clinical Sports Medicine. Brukner, P. and Khan, K. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008
  • Oxford Handbook of Sport and Exercise Medicine, MacAuley, D. New York: OUP, 2007
  • A Practical Guide to Sports Injuries. Read, M.T. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann, 2000
  • Pocket Radiologist: Musculoskeletal Top 100 Diagnoses. Stoller, Tirman and Bredella. Saunders, 2002
  • Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal System. Buckup. Thieme, 2008.
  • Sports Injuries: Their Prevention and Treatment. Peterson and Renstrom. Informa Healthcare; 3rd edition, 2000
  • Clinical Sports Anatomy. Franklyn-Miller, Falvey, McCrory and Brukner. McGraw- Hill, 2010
  • Atlas of Human Anatomy : Frank H. Netter. Saunders; 5 edition, 2010
  • Color Atlas and Textbook of Anatomy: Locomotor System (Vol 1) Platzer W. Thieme, 2003
  • Grants Atlas of Anatomy Agur A, Lee M, Boileau Grant JC.
  • Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body
Exercise Medicine & Physiology
  • The Olympic Textbook of Medicine in Sport. Schwellnus. Wiley-Blackwell, 2008
  • ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. Lippincott, William & Wilkins, 2000
  • Essentials of Exercise Physiology (Text and Study Guide). McArdle, Katch and Katch. Lippincott, William & Wilkins, 2006
  • ABC of Sports and Exercise Medicine (ABC Series) by Gregory Whyte, Mark Harries and Clyde. Williams (Paperback - 12 Jul 2005) Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3rd Edition edition, 2005
Research Methods
  • Harris, M. Taylor. G. Medical statistics made easy. Scion Publishing Ltd; 2nd Rev Ed Edition, 2008
  • Hicks, C. Research Methods for Clinical Therapists: Applied Project Design and Analysis. Churchill Livingstone; 5 edition, 2009

Please note that Waterstones (opposite Malet Place) offers students a 10% discount on books purchased with the production of a UCL student ID card.

  • Knee injuries in wakeboarders
  • The placebo and nocebo effect of sports drinks
  • Does an Eccentric Hamstring Strengthening Protocol Alter Anterior Cruciate Ligament Stiffness?
  • The knowledge and management of concussion amongst youth rugby coaches and referees
  • The effects of an 8 weeks ankle injury prevention pilot program on recreational basketball players balance and agility
  • The use of cryotherapy during the acute stage of a soft tissue injury  in English professional football
  • Injury rate in barefoot and minimal footwear runners preparing for the London marathon
  • Dry Needling Versus Platelet Rich Plasma for the Treatment of Chronic Lateral Epicondylitis of the Elbow
  • Incidence of knee tendinopathy in elite UK track and field athletics
  • A reliability and validity study of a new grading system to assess patella instability
  • Lumbar disc injury in elite UK track and field athletes
  • Achilles tendinopathy in professional ballet dancers
  • The prevalence of stress fractures in female university athletes

Andrew Cole, Physiotherapist, Malta National Water Polo Team

Andrew Cole

“The Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health Programme at UCL was fantastic! A great programme that offers both theoretical and practical knowledge, helping nurture and advance personal and professional skills. 

This Masters programme helped me become a more knowledgeable practitioner and heightened my awareness of the importance of evidence based practice. 

A highly recommended course for professionals looking to further their career within the sporting world!”

Anita Logendra, GP and Motorsport Doctor

Anita Logendra

"I did this Masters part-time over two years whilst working 3 days a week. I found this allowed me enough time to attend classes/clinics and study. The teaching sessions covered the syllabus well and were given by knowledgeable specialists. 

Being a doctor, I found the diversity of the class particularly helpful and making friends with manual therapists gave me the confidence to take the rehabilitation module."

Paul Fisher, Physiotherapist, Great Britain Basketball

Paul Fisher

"I started the Sports Medicine MSc in 2011 and did the programme part-time. One of the programme's greatest strengths is the quality of lectures used, which includes in-house experts, as well as world renowned external speakers.

I really feel the course has been of great benefit to me and will aid my career progression over the coming years.

I would recommend it to any clinician who is interested in Sports Medicine, although they should be prepared for some hard work!"

Programme Administrator  Jessica Robinson  sportsmedicineadmin@ucl.ac.uk 0207 679 5060
Programme Director  Professor Fares Haddad fares.haddad@ucl.ac.uk  
Programme Director  Mr Peter Hamlyn     
Programme Lead
Dr Eleanor Tillett     
Programme Lead Dr Courtney Kipps     
Programme Tutor  Carlos Cobiella    
Programme Tutor  Rahul Patel     
Programme Tutor  Paul Thawley     
Programme Tutor  Eduard Mias     
Programme Tutor  Bruce Paton      
Programme Tutor  Dr Bhavesh Kumar    

Professor Fares Haddad

Honorary Professor at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL
Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics at University College London Hospitals

Prof Fares Haddad

Professor Fares Haddad is a Hip and Knee Reconstructive Surgeon at University College Hospitals. He is Divisional Clinical Director of Surgical Specialties at UCH, and Director of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health at University College London. He graduated from the University College London Hospitals with a First Class BSc and MB BS. His basic training in hip and knee surgery and reconstruction started in London on the St Bartholomew's, Royal Free and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital rotations and was subsequently enhanced by fellowship training in the United States and Canada including a year in Vancouver and time in Boston, Los Angeles and Gainsville. He was the gold medallist in the FRCS (Orth) exam and has gained a large number of prizes and prestigious academic awards. He has been an EFORT Travelling Fellow, British Hip Society Travelling Fellow and ABC Travelling Fellow in 2004. He was a Hunterian Professor in 2005. Professor Haddad's clinical and research endeavours have centred around hip and knee reconstruction. His interests include the expansion of knee and hip arthroscopic techniques to deal with sports injuries, uncemented hip and knee prosthetic technology, new bearing surfaces and outcomes assessment in hip, knee and revision arthroplasty and use of allografting and other transplant and stem cell techniques in hip and knee reconstruction. His work also encompasses minimally invasive hip and knee surgery and novel strategies to manage patients with knee ligament injuries. He provides medical input at elite level for a number of sports including football, athletics, rugby, boxing and martial arts. He has presented and published widely on key aspects of hip and knee surgery and continues to lead a clinical research group with interests in knee joint preservation after injury, the genetic causation of bone disease and bone quality, prosthetic design and performance and in particular outcomes measurement after hip and knee surgery. He is editorial consultant Sports Injury Bulletin and is on the editorial board of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, The Journal of Arthroplasty, Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons and Hospital Medicine. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Professor Haddad has been instrumental in setting up collaboration between UCH, UCL, Elite Sport and Private partners in order to set up, develop and fund the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health in London as an International Centre of Excellence.

More information on his research and publications

Mr Peter Hamlyn 

Honorary lecturer at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL
Consultant Neurological and Spinal Surgeon in private practice

Mr Peter Hamlyn

Mr Hamlyn has worked as a Consultant Neurological and Spinal Surgeon for 20 years. During this time he has lead several neurosurgical teams in some of London’s elite teaching hospitals such as Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital and The Royal London Hospital. He has been an Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at University College London Hospital since 2009.

His clinical activity consists currently of some 3,500 outpatient consultations and just over 300 operations per year. His passion lies in spinal disorders and sports injury - the majority of his work involves minimally invasive/keyhole and restorative, reconstructive surgery. He has a substantial exposure to elite level sports from Premiere League football and rugby, Nation team members in several different sports, UK sponsored athletes, jockies and even the Royal Ballet. His cranial work now focuses on head injury in sport.

Mr Peter Hamlyn was a member on the 2012 Olympic Bid Advisory Panel and has worked as a correspondent for the Sports Section of The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In 1996, he was awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Sport Medicine for work in the field of head injury in sport. He has worked as a current or past Medical Advisor to the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (first Safe Neurosurgery working group), General Medical Council, Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Great Britain, British Olympic Association, British Boxing Board of Control, The Jockey Club of Great Britain, UK Sport, Royal Ballet, GB rowing team, England Rugby, numerous premier league football and rugby clubs.

He was a founder and remains Vice Chairman of the Brain and Spine Foundation and is a Director of the Broadgate Spine & Joint Clinic, The Spine Surgery London and London Endoscopic Spinal Surgery. Mr Hamlyn is also the Chairman of The Foundation for Human Potential.

Carlos Cobiella

Honorary lecturer at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL
Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics at University College London Hospitals

Carlos Cobiella

Carlos Cobiella grew up in Spain and graduated from Medical School at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid.

He moved to London where he completed his basic surgical training before entering the Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery training program at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He became interested in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and had further training in this area under the care of Messrs Bayley, Calvert and Lambert at the Shoulder and Elbow Unit at the RNOH and Professor Birch at the Peripheral Nerve Injury.

He was appointed as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Whittington Hospital in 2003, where he set up the Shoulder and Elbow service. He moved to UCLH in 2005 to pursue his career in a more academic environment and there had the opportunity to develop the Upper Limb Service. He now leads a team that includes another Shoulder surgeon and two Hand and Wrist surgeons.

He is Head of the Upper Limb Section of the Institute of Sports, Exercise and Health at UCL, leading both clinical and academic activity (teaching and research) in this area. He collaborates closely with the English Institute of Sport, UK Athletics and the British Olympic Association looking after high level athletes and GB teams.

He is also a member of The Shoulder Unit at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth.

He enjoys all aspects of Shoulder and Elbow surgery, including the treatment of Sports injuries, arthritis and fractures. He has a keen interest in arthroscopic (keyhole) techniques.

He is a member of faculty in numerous courses in Arthroscopic and Sports Injury Surgery, both national and international. As well as training medical students and junior doctors, he directly supervises the training of the UCH Shoulder and Elbow Fellow.

He continues to publish in his field and presents his results regularly at scientific meetings.

Rahul Patel

Honorary lecturer at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL
Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics at University College London Hospitals

Rahul Patel

Rahul Patel qualified from The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1998. He trained in surgery at various London teaching hospitals before undertaking a formal two-year research period culminating in a higher degree from the University of London. His specialist orthopaedic training was on the Middlesex/University College Hospital, London rotation. Mr Patel then undertook subspecialist fellowship training in reconstructive arthroscopy and sports orthopaedic surgery at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and at the world-renowned Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, Vail, USA. He has also gained clinical experience at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA and the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, USA.

He was appointed as a Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics at the University College Hospital, London in 2009. His main orthopaedic and research interests are reconstructive arthroscopy/minimally invasive treatment and outcome of hip, knee and shoulder sports injuries, joint preservation and novel cartilage regeneration solutions. He is actively involved in the training of higher surgical trainees on the London orthopaedic rotations and is also a co-developer, module leader and course tutor on the MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health at University College London. He is an honorary lecturer of University College London and has published a number of papers in his specialist areas of interest.

More information on his research and publications

Dr Eleanor Tillett

Principal clinical teaching fellow at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL
Honorary consultant in sport and exercise medicine at University College London Hospitals

Dr Eleanaor Tillett

Dr Tillett is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at University College London. Her particular interest is in spinal disorders, including the use of image-guided injections and rehabilitation.

Her academic work at University College London involves running the MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health. Current research interests include back pain, tendinopathy and injury prevention.

Since 2003, she has been the NGB doctor for British Figure Skating. Other elite and team event experience includes working with Team GB at the 2010 Winter Olympics, GB Women's Basketball, England Women's Football, World University Games, Youth Commonwealth Games, Youth Olympics, the London Marathon and the London Triathlon.

In addition to her busy NHS work, she does further clinical work at The Spine Surgery London, The Princess Grace Hospital and Pure Sports Medicine in London.

More information on her research and publications

Dr Courtney Kipps


Principal clinical teaching fellow at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL
Honorary consultant in sport and exercise medicine at University College London Hospitals

Dr Courtney Kipps

Dr Kipps graduated in medicine from Nottingham University. Following basic surgical training, he studied for an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Royal London which he passed with distinction. He then went on to train as a sport and exercise medicine physician on the London Deanery’s specialist training programme during which he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study sport and exercise medicine overseas. This fellowship took him to Harvard and Stanford Universities in the USA as well as Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne in 2010/11. He was appointed to his current post in 2011.

Dr Kipps is the medical director of the London Triathlon, the Blenheim Triathlon and London’s Run To The Beat Half-marathon. He is also assistant medical director of the London Marathon and a club doctor for Harlequins Rugby Club in the Aviva Premiership. He is co-organiser of Marathon Medicine, the longest running conference on the medicine and science of endurance running internationally. He believes it is an obligation to make mass-participation endurance events as safe as possible for all without restricting the health benefits and enjoyment that comes from participation. To this end, he leads several avenues of collaborative research to better understand the medical complications that arise during endurance sports. He is on the UK Task Force for "Exercise Is Medicine" charged with increasing awareness of physical activity amongst healthcare providers and is currently studying attitudes and barriers to physical activity referral in different healthcare settings.

He has an NHS sports injury clinic at UCLH and works in private practice at The Putney Clinic and Princess Grace hospital.

More information on his research and publications

Paul Thawley

Honorary lecturer at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL
Specialist physiotherapist, British Judo

Paul Thawley

Paul has a Masters in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation from Bristol University and a post graduate diploma in Physical Rehabilitation.

He has over 15 years of extensive Sports physiotherapy experience which has been built through working in a variety of sporting environments including motor sport, rugby and judo. As a senior physiotherapist specializing in physical rehabilitation,Paul worked at the Olympic Medical Institute for 6 years where he was closely involved in the rehabilitation of elite and Olympic athletes.

Paul currently works with the Great Britain Judo squads and advises on lower limb rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies. He also frequently travels with the judo squads worldwide to international competitions. Paul is currently preparing for London 2012 were he is assigned to combat sport.Paul is involved in mentoring other physiotherapists and holds the APSM gold award.

Eduard Mias

Musculoskeletal physiotherapist at the English Institute of Sport in London

Eduard Mias

For the last 12 months, Eduard has been the Lead physiotherapist for the British Fencing team, including at the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

He did his MSc at the University of Queensland (Australia) in 2008. Since graduating he has been involved in football, rugby and basketball during his professional career.   

In 2011, Ed was awarded the Maitland Fellowship award which took him to the USA and Canada where he shadowed world leaders in the field of the ACL injury prevention and reconstruction.   

He is very passionate about lower limb injuries and has  a specific interest in movement analysis and preventative strategies (ACL injuries, Lumbar conditions) in order to work towards optimal performance.

Bruce Paton 

Honorary clinical teaching fellow at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Musculoskeletal Extended Scope Practitioner at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Orthopaedic and Physiotherapy departments

Bruce Paton

Mr Bruce Paton is a specialist physiotherapist with a specialisation in lower limb musculoskeletal disorders, trauma, orthopaedics and rheumatology. Research interests include:- optimising rehabilitation post injury and /manual therapies/ control of inflammation / promoting exercise and physical activity / Athletic Performance / and return to sport in Elite level and recreational athletes. He has long standing specialist expertise in treatment of ACL injury as well as knee ligament reconstruction/ PFJ disorders/Tendinopathies/ hip and pelvis rehabilitation/

He received his Bach Appl Science in Physiotherapy from University of Sydney in 1992, with early Physiotherapy work in 4 Sydney teaching hospitals including ITU work at Prince of Wales Children’s  Hospital, before moving to the UK in 1996, and working stints in musculoskeletal departments at several London Teaching hospitals before taking a  role in outpatients at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in 2000. Over the next 3 years he undertook a varied clinical caseload as well as developing and refining the gym based pathways at St Thomas hospitals in collaboration with Kings College London researchers, as well as developing clinically based musculoskeletal teaching programs for physiotherapists(students to senior level). Concurrently he has worked privately at Battersea Athletics Track Millenium Arena treating elite and club level athletes, as well as working  at Chrystal Palace Sports Injuries Centre at Chrystal palace athletics track / stadium as and ESP  in the MSK triage clinics since 2008.

Currently he works as an extended scope physiotherapist in the orthopaedics, fracture and sports clinics at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) since 2003, and has refined strong extended scope skills, working closely with the lower limb Orthopaedic and Sport and Exercise Medicine consultants. He has developed and refined the rehabilitation pathways at UCLH for lower limb conditions including local gymnasium collaborations to provide added rehabilitation quality for patients, including osteoarthritis, arthroplasty patients, and athletes.

He currently teaches to physiotherapists in a North London NHS regional teaching program.

His academic roles include faculty of the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health as an Honorary clinical teaching fellow for the Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc, with tutoring, research supervision, lecturing, and pastoral support roles.

He is currently studying for PhD at Kings College London in the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences, with research investigating knee joint swelling after surgery and injury.

He has presented at multiple conferences and won the oral presentation prize for exercise/population health at UKSEM conference Nov 2011.

He has travelled widely, and has a keen interest in many sports, managing to survive finishes in three London marathons, the Nice Iron Man Triathlon and Bike Etape du Tour de France.

Research activities
  • Knee ligament injury and rehabilitation post surgery
  • Hip and groin injury
  • Foot and ankle pain and injury
  • Rehabilitation following lower limb trauma and surgery
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammation and swelling post surgery
Sports interest areas
  • lower limb rehabilitation following injuries
  • football
  • skiing
  • Running and triathlon

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  • Centre for Human and Aerospace Physiology  - KCL
Prof Bodies
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Extended Scope Practitioner Occupational Group
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM)
  • Physiotherapy Pain Society
  • Bach Appl Sc (Physiotherapy) Graduate from University of Sydney grad 1992
Work Experience


  • Prince of Wales Hospital / Prince of Wales Children’s
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts

  • University College London Hospitals
  • Guys and St Thomas Hospital
  • Chelsea Westminster Hospital
  • St Mary’s Hospital

Dr Bhavesh Kumar



Dr Bhavesh Kumar is Principal Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health, UCL and Honorary Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine at UCLH. He graduated in Medicine from Imperial College London in 2004. His early post-graduate training was in Surgery and then General Practice, during which time he successfully achieved the honour of Membership of both the Royal College of Surgeons and Royal College of General Practitioners. He chose to specialise in Sport & Exercise Medicine and was awarded a position on the coveted London Deanery specialty training program. Bhavesh has acquired considerable experience managing a broad range of elite and amateur athletes through posts at the Olympic Medical Institute, the English Institute of Sport, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court, and during a six-month fellowship at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar. He was awarded a British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine Fellowship that took him to Centres of Excellence at the University of Toronto and McMaster University in Canada, and at Harvard in the USA to study Sport & Exercise Medicine for children and adolescents. 

Bhavesh is a Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine at the Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health (ISEH), University College Hospital London, as well as at the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. At the ISEH, he leads the National Tendinopathy Centre clinical and research pathways. He is a keen advocate of using musculoskeletal ultrasonography within clinic to facilitate early accurate diagnosis and injection therapy when necessary to promote effective rehabilitation. 

His academic work also includes co-leading the University College London (UCL) Sports Medicine Exercise & Health Masters program based at the ISEH. He is Patron of the UCL Undergraduate Sports & Exercise Medicine Society. His current research interests also include Prolotherapy for certain orthopaedic complaints, and antibiotic and injection therapies for back pain.

Bhavesh is currently team physician to West Ham United, AFC Wimbledon, and the England Football Association men’s deaf squad. He works as a Consultant to British Athletics during camps and competitions at home and abroad, as well The European Tour Golf and Saracens rugby academy. He was a Medical Officer for athletics and endurance events, including marathons, road cycling, triathlons and race walks, at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and with England Athletics at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 


Tendinopathy, spine, groin, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasonography, physical activity prescription, children and adolescent sport exercise and health


Football, Athletics, Golf, Rugby, Disability Sport