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The CEBHS core membership comprises clinicians, academics and researchers from Academic Orthopaedics, Trauma and Sports Medicine and the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit (NCTU).

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Brigitte Scammell

Professor in Orthopaedics, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Brigitte Scammell is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in adult foot and ankle surgery at The City Hospital, Nottingham and Professor of Orthopaedic Sciences at the University of Nottingham. She heads the Academic Orthopaedic Unit and is the Admissions Sub-Dean for the Faculty of Medicine. Her clinical interests are in adult orthopaedics, especially of the foot and ankle, with a particular emphasis on the reconstruction of severe deformity and treatment of infection in patients with diabetic foot disorders.

She qualified from the Medical School, Birmingham University and after completing her house officer posts, she went back to the University to teach anatomy for a year. This was followed by basic surgical training in Birmingham and whilst working at the now-closed Birmingham Accident Hospital she was inspired to specialise in trauma and orthopaedics. She completed her general surgical training in Southampton, and became an orthopaedic registrar at Basingstoke and Lord Mayor Treolar Hospital, Alton. She was awarded the Wessex Research Training Fellowship and combining surgical training and research she was appointed as Lecturer/Senior Registrar at the University of Southampton. Her DM investigated the effect of sympathectomy on fracture healing. In 1994 she spent a year doing a fellowship in Spinal Surgery and Trauma in Toronto, Canada to complete her orthopaedic training.

In 1996 she moved to the University of Nottingham as a Senior Lecturer. She became Head of the Division of Orthopaedic and Accident Surgery in 1999. Initially she concentrated on undergraduate education and went on to complete an MMedSci degree in clinical education at the university. She has dedicated much of her professional life to teaching and helping others realise their full potential, from medical students, supervision of BMedSci, DM and PhD students, to running Basic Science and Statistics courses for orthopaedic registrars. She was presented with a Lord Dearing Award in recognition of her teaching and learning excellence in 2004.

She was President of the British Orthopaedic Research Society from 2006-8 having previously been the Honorary Secretary, and has served on the British Orthopaedic Association research committee and education committee of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. Her research focuses on arthritis pain and biomaterials. She is a founding member of the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre which opened in Nottingham in 2010 with a £2.5m grant and of the Arthritis Research UK Sports, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Centre which started this year. In 2010 she was promoted to Professor, becoming the first woman in the UK to be a professor of orthopaedics. She is the Admissions Sub-Dean for the Faculty of Medicine and she continues to work for the NHS 50% of her time.

Research Summary

Her main research interests are in the biology of fracture healing and osteoarthritis. This involves research into the fate of the chondrocytes and angiogenesis, working with Dr Joanna Ford. She also… read more

Recent Publications

  • COOPER, DALE J., SCAMMELL, BRIGITTE E., BATT, MARK E. and PALMER, DEBBIE, 2018. Development and validation of self-reported line drawings of the modified Beighton score for the assessment of generalised joint hypermobility BMC MEDICAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY. 18,
  • KHAN, TANVIR, ALVAND, ABTIN, PRIETO-ALHAMBRA, DANIEL, CULLIFORD, DAVID J, JUDGE, ANDREW, JACKSON, WILLIAM F, SCAMMELL, BRIGITTE E, ARDEN, NIGEL K and PRICE, ANDREW JAMES, 2018. ACL and meniscal injuries increase the risk of primary total knee replacement for osteoarthritis: a matched case-control study using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). British journal of sports medicine.
  • DAS NAIR, ROSHAN, MHIZHA-MURIRA, JACQUELINE R, ANDERSON, PIPPA, CARPENTER, HANNAH, CLARKE, SIMON, GROVES, SAM, LEIGHTON, PAUL, SCAMMELL, BRIGITTE E, TOPCU, GOGEM, WALSH, DAVID A and LINCOLN, NADINA B, 2018. Home-based pre-surgical psychological intervention for knee osteoarthritis (HAPPiKNEES): a feasibility randomized controlled trial. Clinical rehabilitation. 269215518755426
  • COOPER, DALE J, SCAMMELL, BRIGITTE E, BATT, MARK E and PALMER, DEBBIE, 2018. Factors associated with pain and osteoarthritis at the hip and knee in Great Britain's Olympians: a cross-sectional study. British journal of sports medicine.

Current Research

Her main research interests are in the biology of fracture healing and osteoarthritis. This involves research into the fate of the chondrocytes and angiogenesis, working with Dr Joanna Ford. She also works closely with Dr Roger Bayston on biomaterials-related infection.

Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery

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