Alder Hey Hospital is amongst the largest children's hospitals in Europe. It has the UK's largest group of children's orthopaedic surgeons, and growing international acclaim. 

A world-leading hospital, in a world-leading city….


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The city is one of the most vibrant cities in the UK. There are excellent rail, air and motorway links allowing first class care to be delivered to patients from around the world.


The hospital was housed in a hospital that was built 100 years ago. It boasted pioneers in orthopaedic surgery, including Robert Jones (the father of orthopaedic surgery) and Prof McMurray (the first Professor of orthopaedic surgery worldwide)

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NOW - the future...

The hospital has now moved into a new purpose built hospital, on an adjoining site. This is an exciting time and will be a catalyst to facilitate better patient care, and enable world-class research.

Motivated group of surgeons, with strong subspecialty interests.


Our team consists of eleven orthopaedic surgeons, each with specific training, or international fellowships, in children's orthopaedic surgery.  



General Orthopaedic Team

Mr Colin Bruce     Subspecialty:  Hip Surgery & Spinal Deformity

Mr Colin Bruce

Subspecialty: Hip Surgery & Spinal Deformity

Mr Alf Bass    Subspecialty:  Neuromuscular Disease

Mr Alf Bass

Subspecialty: Neuromuscular Disease

Mr Durai Nayagam    Subspecialty:  Limb Reconstruction

Mr Durai Nayagam

Subspecialty: Limb Reconstruction

Mr Neeraj Garg    Subspecialty:  Clubfoot & Hip Surgery

Mr Neeraj Garg

Subspecialty: Clubfoot & Hip Surgery

Mr Daniel Perry     Subspecialty:  Hip Surgery

Mr Daniel Perry

Subspecialty: Hip Surgery

Spinal Team

Mr Leroy James    Subspecialty:  Limb Reconstruction

Mr Leroy James

Subspecialty: Limb Reconstruction

Mr Jay Trividi    Subspecialty:   S  pinal Deformity

Mr Jay Trividi

Subspecialty: Spinal Deformity

Mr Nail Davidson     Subspecialty:  Spinal Deformity

Mr Nail Davidson

Subspecialty: Spinal Deformity

Mr Marcus DeMatas   Subspecialty:   S  pinal Deformity

Mr Marcus DeMatas

Subspecialty: Spinal Deformity

Visiting Surgeons

Mr Nick Barton-Hanson. Subspecialty: Adolescent Knee Surgery

A complete range of childhood orthopaedic and trauma surgery, from infants to adoelescents.


We are one of four specialist paediatric trauma centres in the UK, a nationally commissioned paediatric spinal unit, and have national and international recognition for limb reconstruction, treatment of neuromuscular disease and the management of the paediatric hip.



These are just a few examples of the types of conditions we see day-to-day in our clinics, in-patient wards and operating theatres. 

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia

Perthes' Disease

Perthes' Disease

Hip Dysplasia, Babies

Hip Dysplasia, Babies

Adolescent Scoliosis

Adolescent Scoliosis



Deformity Surgery

Deformity Surgery





Infantile Scoliosis

Infantile Scoliosis

Hip Screening, Babies

Hip Screening, Babies

Adolescent Knee Disease

Adolescent Knee Disease

Research at our core.


We recognise that to be world leading, we must develop new studies, and become part of studies to maximise care. Sometimes this isn't about developing new wonder cures, but is instead about rigorously testing and challenging current practice to ensure the best possible treatments are used. Our research is clinically focussed, and is in conjunction with the University of Liverpool. Research is led by Mr Daniel Perry, Senior Lecturer and Consultant Surgeon. The work is funded largely by NIHR and ARUK, with additional recent project funding from the BMA, Perthes' Association and the John Monk Research Fund. 



Current large-scale research that patients may be invited to participate with:

Perthes Disease and Slipped Epiphysis

The BOSS Study: The British Orthopaedic Surgery Surveillance Study. A national study lead by the University of Liverpool, and Alder Hey Hospital. This seeks to determine the outcome of children with both of these disorders. Both are under researched, and both have many clinical questions about treatment. Parents may be asked to consent to complete some questionnaires as part of this study. More info at

Cerebral Palsy

CP-HOP - Cerebral Palsy Hip Outcomes Project: An international project lead from SickKids Hospital, Toronto which seeks to determine the outcomes with different forms of hip surgery. This involves closely following up children affected by cerebral palsy who have had hip surgery, and recording their outcomes. 

Hip Dysplasia

GWAS in Children with DDH: A national study lead by Great Ormond Street Hospital. This collects cheek swabs from children with hip dysplasia (or blood if the child is anaesthetised for surgery), to try to determine the genetic components of hip dysplasia. 

Bone Cysts

SBoCK - Simple Bone Cysts in KidsAn international trial lead from SickKids Hospital, Toronto which seeks to determine the best way to treat simple bone cysts. Patients with bone cysts will be screened to determine if they are eligible to participate. If so, then patients will either be treated by one of two standard treatments (A - curettage (scraping the cyst), or B curettage and insertion of a bone-substitute (scraping and putting in a graft material)). This will help determine if putting in the bone-substitute aids healing, or wether it slightly increases the risks and costs associated with surgery, without any meaningful significant gain. 

Rare Diseases

The RUDY study is a national study, based at Oxford University. This collects information about rare bone and joint diseases. At the centre of this is an online database which collects information of individuals with such diseases. If an individual agrees to participate, then details about the individual will be stored on the database. Individuals will be contacted to determine their symptoms, and how the disease affects their day-to-day life. This also gives the opportunity for researchers to contact individuals with these rare diseases in future to readily introduce them to other high quality research studies into their disease. 


We are the UK's largest group of Children's Orthopaedic Surgeons, and offer training opportunities for surgeons from around the globe. Applicants must be senior surgical trainees with prior experience of children's orthopaedic surgery. We deliver world-class care, and an unrivalled training experience to the world's future leaders in children's orthopaedic surgery.

Recent Fellows have travelled from as far as New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Manchester! 

CLICK the link - Fellowship Opportunities are NOW available - RECRUITING NOW FOR AUGUST 2018 


This page is intended as a tool for our trainees:


Writing a systematic review:

A brilliant 'idiots guide' 

Covidence is online software that makes the process much easier

Register protocols here


"Committed to training both generalists and specialists"


We take pride in our educational commitment, with regular input into the undergraduate medical curriculum, basic surgical training, higher surgical training and the continuing development of general practitioners.




5th - 7th October 2016. 

Instructional Course in Paediatric Orthopaedics

Download the course brochure here



A stones-throw from the motorway and near the centre of Liverpool


Alder Hey Hospital is located just a 1 mile drive from the end of the M62 motorway. We are also easily reached by rail, air and sea. 



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