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  • Applications for the shoulder fellowship starting in 2017 is now open.
    Please apply by visiting the Unit and sending your CV to Jan Barker
    Visits to the Reading shoulder unit are welcome - Please liaise with Jan Barker [Read more]
  • RSU is advertising for shoulder fellowship to start in July 2017
    a post-CCT shoulder fellowship for One year. please send CV to Mrs Jan Barker and arrange a visit to meet Prof Levy and Mr Sforza. [Read more]
  • Coming up courses:

    The Reading Expert Shoulder Course 15-16 April 2019
    Instructional Course

    Smith & Nephew Expert Connect Centre Watford, United Kingdom
    15-16 April 2019
    Course Convener: Prof Ofer Levy (UK)

  • IDO Isometer Shoulder Muscle Strength Gauge.

    Available to buy online in - Innovative Design Orthopaedics - [Read more]
  • Shoulder study day for Physiotherapists 26 February 2019 at 18:00 
    at the Royal Berkshire Hoapital.
    Please register your interest by e-mail to: [Read more]
  • For GPs - New!!! NHS Choose & Book
    The Unit at Berkshire Independent Hospital is open for NHS patients through Choose & Book (Extended Choice Network).
    Book online
    or contact the secretaries. [Read more]
  • Groundbreaking research from the Reading Shoulder Unit by Prof. Ofer Levy and his team regarding Propionibacterium Acnes and shoulder arthritis. 
    Propionibacterium acnes: an underestimated etiology in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis?

    This is a very important article in that it suggests the presence of propionibacterium in previously unoperated shoulders with arthritis and furthermore that 'aseptic' failures of shoulder arthroplasty may, in fact, be related to indolent infections with this slow growing organism.
    Read comments by Dr Frederick A. Matsen III, M.D.
    [Read more]
  • New Survey on usage of shoulder replacement prostheses.
    Take the survey [Read more]
  • Listen to the BBC Radio4 programme - a day in the operating theatre at the Reading Shoulder Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital - Case Notes with Dr Mark Porter on Regional anaesthesia for shoulder surgery [Read more]
  • The least complications with the Verso shoulder compared with other reverse shoulder systems
    From the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, UK

    Bone Joint J 2013 vol. 95-B no. SUPP 27 25

    S. Robati, M.K. Shahid, J. Allport, A. Ray and G. Sforza 
  • Once again we are running the successful Reading Shoulder Arthroplasty Instructional Course on Friday,  30 September 2016
    • Re-Live surgery
    • Lectures
    • Discussions 
    • Clinical session with patients presentations
    • Hand-on workshop on models
    • Workshop for theatre nurses

    CME Points applied (6 CME Points approved by the BOA for the previous course)

      Register early - limited places

    [Read more]
  • The Verso stemless rTSA is approved in Australia & New Zealand by the TGA.
    Its use is launched soon in Australia & New Zealand. 

  • Excellent clinical results over more than 11 years with the Verso rTSA.
    Very high patient satisfaction and return to full activities including sports. [Read more]
  • The Reading Expert Shoulder Course 15-16 April 2019

    Instructional Course
    Smith & Nephew Expert Connect Centre Watford, United Kingdom
    15-16 April 2019
    Course Convener: Prof Ofer Levy (UK)


    The Reading Expert Shoulder Course is a two day advanced shoulder course. All the delegates are experienced shoulder surgeons and “All are Faculty”.

    Day One will cover arthroscopic techniques for treatment of complex instability, arthroscopic bone block, arthroscopic Latarjet, and Biceps procedures. Comparison of different methods of rotator cuff repair, various approaches to manage the massive rotator cuff tear, Suprascapular nerve release and more.

    Day Two will cover advances and innovations in total shoulder replacement, especially reverse TSA and stemless rTSA.
    The course will involve lecture-based discussions but is primarily a cadaver lab course with ample opportunity to practice the techniques taught in the Expert Connect Centre.

    Accreditation - Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

    Participant profile

    This course is an advanced shoulder course aimed at experienced shoulder surgeons who want to further discuss and develop advanced arthroscopic and arthroplasty skills. Ideal candidates are Shoulder Consultant in first 3-4 years of practice, and even more experienced Consultants.

    Course Faculty

    International Faculty

    Prof Ettore Taverna - OBV Hospital Mendrisio, Switzerland
    Dr Carlos Torrens Canovas - Parc de Salut Mar, Spain
    Dr Juan Bruguera - Unidad de Hombro y Codo, Spain
    Dr Bernd Hinkenjann - St. Agnes Hospital Bocholt, Germany

    UK Faculty

    Mr Jaime Candal Couto - Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, UK
    Mr Roger Hackney - Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
    Mr Kapil Kumar - Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, UK
    Mr George Arealis – East Kent HUF Trust, UK
    Mr Amar Malhas - Royal Berkshire Hospital, UK
    Ms Julie McBirnie - Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK
    Mr Hannan Mullett - Sports Surgery Clinic Ireland
    Mr Jai Relwani - William Harvey Hospital, UK
    Mr Sunil Sharma - Queen Margaret Hospital, UK
    Mr Giuseppe Sforza - Berkshire Independent Hospital, UK
    Mr Andreas Leonidou - Royal Berkshire Hospital, UK
    And the Reading Shoulder Unit team 


Dr Atul Kapila MBBS, FRCA
Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Kapila has been a Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care at The Royal Berkshire Hospital since June 1996. He works with a group of fourteen Consultants in Anaesthetics and six Consultants in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

He specialises in three clinical areas, general and regional anaesthesia for shoulder surgery, intensive care medicine and anaesthesia for vascular surgery. Other interests include difficult airway management and pharmacokinetics, together with a continuing interest in research projects both in anaesthesia and intensive care. His main non-clinical role is in medical education, having been Royal College of Anaesthetists tutor for 5 years he is now Regional Advisor for training in intensive care medicine since January 2002.

Dr Warren Fisher, FRCA
Consultant Anaesthetist 

Dr Fisher graduated in medicine in 1989 from Bristol University and after short periods working in accident and emergency, and in New Zealand, commenced a career in anaesthesia.  A consultant in anaesthesia since 1998, he has worked as a consultant senior lecturer at St Georges Hospital Medical School; as a consultant in Cambridge; and now as a consultant in Reading where his interests include regional anaesthesia, particularly for shoulder surgery, and paediatric anaesthesia.  His normal workload involves anaesthesia for shoulder surgery with Prof. Levy during which he performs around 100 nerve blocks per annum.  He is also clinical director of Anaesthesia, Surgery and orthopaedics for the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

Dr Clare Skinner, FRCA

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Skinner has been a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital
since 2007. She graduated from St Bartholomew's Medical School London before undertaking anaesthetic training in Oxford, Southampton and Brisbane Australia. Her major clinical interest is regional anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery and she has worked closely with Mr Giuseppe Sforza since 2012. Other interests include obstetric anaesthesia, preoperative assessment and medical education. 

Dr Ian Rechner BSc, MBBS, FRCA, FFICM

Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine & Anaesthesia


Dr Rechner has been a Consultant at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation hospital since 2005. He underwent training at University College London, Oxford and Brisbane Australia. Dr Rechner's main areas of specialization are general and regional Anaesthesia for shoulder surgery, paediatric and preoperative medicine. Intensive Care medicine makes up a large part of his job plan at the Royal Berkshire hospital. His main non clinical roles are as the Training Programme Director for Intensive Care Medicine in the Oxford deanery. He is an expert in the Hamilton ICU ventilator and runs the ICU computerised medical record. His main research area is early recognition and management of the acutely ill patient.


Dr Richard Barnes MB ChB, FRCA, PGCertMedEd
Consultant Anaesthetist 


Dr Barnes has been a Consultant Anaesthetist in Reading since 2007. He graduated from Manchester Medical School in 1998 and has since worked in Manchester, the Oxford region and Australia. His major clinical interests include regional anaesthesia for trauma and orthopaedics, and anaesthesia for colorectal surgery. Other interests include quality evaluation and improvement, and medical education.



Prof. Rachel Hall, FRCA

Consultant Anaesthetist - Emeritus


Dr Hall graduated from the London Hospital (now the Royal London)in 1970, she trained at the London Hospital, the Middlesex Hospital and its' associated hospitals. In 1974 she obtained a fellowship and fellowship prize in anaesthesia.
She has worked alongside Stephen Copeland since 1979, developing anaesthesia and pain management techniques which complement The Reading Shoulder Unit research and development into Shoulder Surgery. New techniques have included plexus block, plexus infusion and the use of wound infusions in major surgery.
Her other interests include anaesthesia for day surgery (using total intravenous techniques), regional anaesthesia and pain management in short stay surgery. She has been Executive Medical Director at the Royal Berkshire Hospital between 2001- 2008. In 2012 Rachel retired from clinical practice.