Bruce Paton

Specialist Physiotherapist

Professional Biography

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 Bachelor in Applied Science in Physiotherapy from University of Sydney in 1992, with early physiotherapy work in four 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 three 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 works 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 NHS Foundation Trust (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 programme.

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 inthree London marathons, the Nice Iron Man Triathlon and Bike Etape du Tour de France.

Speciality

Hip and pelvis, knee, lower limb, physiotherapy

Sports

Athletics, Swimming