Mr Nicholas Gillham

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Nicholas Gillham is a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon who provides expert evidence in personal injury and medical negligence.

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After qualifying from Cambridge and Oxford Universities in 1981, Mr Gillham trained as a Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon in a number of centres, including, Cambridge, Charing Cross in London, Stoke on Trent, and Oswestry.  He was appointed in 1990 as the first research fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons looking at the management of ankle fractures.

Mr Gillham was appointed as a Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon in Banbury in 1994 with an interest in Trauma and upper limb surgery. He developed an extensive practise in upper limb arthroplasty, resulting in multiple presentations at a number of international meetings.

Mr Gillham is still in full time NHS practice, predominately managing trauma. The unit in Banbury is recognised as one of the best trauma units in England for the management of fracture neck of femur.  He was on the steering group for the Basic Surgical Skills course of the Royal College of Surgeons for almost 20 years and assisted in the development of this course. This is a compulsory course for all surgeons in training.  He was a faculty member for AO/Synthes fracture fixation courses.  He has acted as an examiner for MRCS examinations.  Mr Gillham has also acted as a course doctor for a number of sporting events, mostly equestrian, and has an interest in safety of sports events.

Experience of giving evidence

Mr Gillham has been preparing medical reports for more than 25 years.  He is regularly involved in telephone and face to face conferences with solicitors and barristers.  He has attended court and given oral evidence on a regular basis.  He has prepared medical negligence reports for the last decade.


Languages spoken

  • English – Fluent
  • French – Advanced

Cases undertaken

  • Personal injury, including road traffic accidents, slips and trips and accidents at work.
  • Complex fractures and multiple injury cases, specifically complex wrist and ankle injuries.
  • Fragility fractures in the elderly.
  • Sporting related injuries.
  • Medical negligence.

Specialist assessments undertaken

  • Specific assessment of complex upper limb and ankle injuries.
  • Close links with radiologists at St Luke’s Hospital in Oxford. This is very helpful in arranging appropriate imaging for complex injuries.

Qualifications & Professional memberships


BM BCh 1981

MA 1986

FRCS Ed 1986

FRCS Ed Orth 1993


MDU indemnity


British Orthopaedic Association

British Hand Society


Several publications in peer reviewed journals

Multiple presentations and lectures at specialist meetings.

Invited speaker at American Hand Society, Irish Hand society, French Hand Society and Hong Kong Hand Society speaking on upper limb joint replacement.

Invited speaker at Premex medico-legal conference, speaking on detecting claimant’s exaggeration of symptoms.


Mr Gillham offers remote consultations on several days, including early evening.  Mr Gillham is able to do home visits, and prison visits are undertaken.  Mr Gillham is always happy to discuss complex cases with instructing solicitors, before and after consultations.  Mr Gillham can do desktop screening reports where appropriate with discussion with instructing team for clarity and advice.

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