Throughout his professional career, Bill has been heavily involved in teaching from undergraduates to fellow surgeons.
He has instituted both local and national meetings in the areas of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and Science, including the first British Basic Sciences Course in Orthopaedics in 1991, the Northampton Sports Medicine and Science Society in 2007, and the University of Warwick’s Sports Foot and Ankle Meetings in 2011.
Since 1998, Bill has held appointments with the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He was responsible from 1998-2002 for the delivery of the educational material for young surgeons studying for their college exams and from 2003 has been a Member of the Court of Examiners.
He has been invited to lecture on five different continents and each year delivers over 20 invited lectures.
He has addressed national meetings in the United States of America, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. In 2015, he was the first British Surgeon to be invited as the Guest of Honour at the German-speaking Orthopaedic, Trauma and Sports Medicine Congress in Basel.
He has maintained an interest in both clinical and basic science research throughout his career.
His PhD was entitled “Aspects of Orthopaedic Surgical Research with emphasis on Surgery in Haemophilia and Immunocompromised patients”.
His research collaboration is principally with the National Institute of Sports Medicine in Cape Town and has PhD students researching in areas of the genetics of tendon and ligament pathology and cryotherapy.
His current research interests include musculoskeletal genetics, surgical outcomes in foot and ankle surgery, injury surveillance in sport, the ethics of Sports Medicine, hypovitaminosis D in Orthopaedics, and whole body cryotherapy. He has edited scientific books, contributed 25 book chapters and credited with over 135 publications.
He has been involved with the University of Northampton for many years and appointed in 2005 as Visiting Professor in Surgical Sciences to the University of Northampton followed by a full personal Chair in Sports Medicine in 2010.