Mr Simon West studied medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine from 1986 until 1991. He went on to complete his basic surgical training in hospitals throughout South Wales whilst working to achieve Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1998. Mr West then entered the All Wales Orthopaedic training programme for specialist training in Orthopaedics in 1999 and passed the Intercollegiate Board exam in Orthopaedics in 2004.
From 2004 to 2005 for his final year of training, Mr West undertook the Villars R Marshall Lower limb Arthroplasty and Arthroscopy Fellowship at Flinders University Teaching Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. This public sector fellowship focused on hip and knee replacement as well as revision surgery both of the hip and the knee. In addition, it included arthroscopic surgery of the knee encompassing all basic knee problems.
Mr West commenced his appointment as Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics at Northampton General Hospital in August 2005. He has been in private practice at BMI Three Shires Hospital, Northampton since then, where he operates on Mondays and Thursdays and offers clinics every Monday and alternate Friday mornings.
Mr West specialises in lower limb arthroplasty (joint replacement) of the hip and knee including both primary and revision surgery and specialises in complex hip surgery particularly young adults and revision hip surgery. He undertakes knee arthroscopy for torn cartilage (menisci) as well as loose bodies, chondral lesions and other knee disorders.