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Ashley Cole: B Med Sc, FRCS (Tr & Orth), DM

Adult Spinal Surgery

Qualifications: B Med Sc, FRCS (Tr & Orth), DM
Year Qualified: 1991
Position: Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon
Orthopaedic Speciality: Adult Spinal Surgery
Memberships: British Association of Spine Surgeons, British Scoliosis Society, British Orthopaedic Association, British Medical Association, Medical Defence Union
Hospital: Claremont Hospital
NHS Base: Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Childrens Hospital
Medical Secretary: Victoria Key
Contact Telephone Number: 0114 263 2141
Contact Email: Victoria.Key@sheffieldorthopaedics.com

Ashley Cole was a medical student in Nottingham and did his surgical training in Nottingham and Sheffield with additional Spinal Fellowships in Nottingham, Brisbane and Las Vegas. He has been a Consultant Spinal Surgeon in Sheffield since 2003. His spinal practice is adults at Claremont with a full-time NHS commitment at both Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the Northern General Hospital. His interest in outcome evaluation resulted in co-developing the British Spine Registry whilst on the British Association of Spine Surgeons Executive between 2010 and launch in 2012. He is still closely involved with this project and is Clinical Lead for the British Orthopaedic Association Registry Unification Project. He has completed two theses on spinal deformity (idiopathic scoliosis), the first of these as a medical student.

He is currently on the Executive Committee of the British Scoliosis Society and UK Spinal Societies Board and remains the Spinal Chair of the Orthopaedic Expert Working Group advising NHS Digital on spinal coding, healthcare resource groups and tariff. After being a member of the last Spinal Taskforce, he became Chair of the Complex Spinal Surgery Clinical Reference Group advising NHS England on commissioning specialised spinal surgery and is now Chair of the newly formed Spinal Services CRG. He is currently Clinical Lead for the NHS England Improving Spinal Care Project.

"Thank you for a successful procedure which removed the pain that had been present for 10 months…thank you for your skill and concern for my well-being achieving a most successful outcome"   - After removal of a cyst compressing the left L5 nerve root ( Spinal )

"All my arm pain has gone! You have changed my life! Thank you"   - Two months following neck fusion surgery (ACDF) ( Spinal )

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