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    leading out-patient facility with a specialist interest in all musculoskeletal disorders.
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    Tuesday AM and/or PM
    Wednesday AM and/or PM
    Thursday AM
    Additional clinics as required at various times during the week depending on Professor Ribbans’ commitments.

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    • JANUARY 3, 2022
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    NORTHAMPTON SPORTS MEDICINE AND SCIENCE MEETING TUESDAY, 11TH JANUARY 2022 Dear Friends and Colleagues, Perhaps not unexpectedly, we have taken the decision to postpone the January 11th meeting because of the deteriorating position with COVID-19. We think that this is the responsible decision to make and are aware that many attendees would probably not want

    • DECEMBER 10, 2021
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    A Happy Christmas and a Healthy 2022 to all our Patients

    On behalf of everybody in our team, may I wish all of our patients, their families and friends a peaceful and happy Christmas. With the omicron variant taking hold in the country, it is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic still has some way to go. We hope that everybody stays safe and protected in 2022.

    • DECEMBER 10, 2021
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    Northampton Sports Medicine and Science Meetings

    These quarterly meetings were established in 2007. During 2020-2021, the meetings were suspended because of coronavirus. However, we met again in October at our new venue in the Morley lecture theatre in Senate House, the University of Northampton.Our next meeting is on 11 January 2022. We will have talks on ‘Elbow injuries in sport’ from

    • DECEMBER 10, 2021
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    Head Injuries and Sport

    2020 has seen Bill increasingly involved in the debate over head injuries and sport – especially rugby union. Bill joined Progressive Rugby at its inception. They are a group of individuals from many backgrounds – including medicine, surgery, sports scientists, education, ex-rugby players, officials, coaches, and administrators. We are passionate about rugby but want to


Welcome to the website of Professor Bill Ribbans, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon and Professor of Sports Medicine.

The site provides information about Bill’s background, clinical practice, and educational and research interests.

Bill’s training is in the assessment and treatment of bone, joint and soft-tissue problems. He has undergone extensive training in medicine and surgery in general and Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in particular. He has treated world champions from eight different sports and Olympians with 28 medals between them.

His work is divided between commitments to his practice at The County Clinic, Northampton, and academic commitments, particularly at the University of Northampton.

He works closely with a network of colleagues in sports medicine, rheumatology, surgery, radiology, anaesthesia, physiotherapy, and podiatry locally, nationally, and internationally, to try and provide for each patient optimal assessment, advice, and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

Bill was appointed as an Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon in 1991 to the Royal Free Hospital in London. In 1996, he returned to his hometown to commence work at Northampton General Hospital.

In 2012, Bill entered into full-time Private Practice having opened The County Clinic with his colleague, David Stock, in 2011.

In 2005, he was appointed Visiting Professor in Surgical Sciences to the University of Northampton and to a full personal Chair in Sports Medicine in 2010. Bill was Medical Director of the Chris Moody Rehabilitation Centre at Moulton College from its inception in 2012 until 2020.

Bill is also involved with a number of local and national sporting organisations. He has acted as Chief Medical Officer to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club since 2012. In the past, he has been Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon to the English National Ballet, Northampton Saints and Northampton Town FC. He has worked closely with England Rugby and British Athletics.

Bill has published over 100 scientific articles, books, book chapters and theses. He has lectured in all five continents of the world. He is the author of Knife in the Fast Lane published in 2020. He undertakes a lot of media work, including television, radio, podcasts, and newspapers relating to matters of interest in the sporting sphere – especially around athlete welfare and health provision.

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