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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:
    we invite you to join us:
    • Cadaveric Shoulder Arthroplasty Instructional course,  22-23 February 2018. Poznan, Poland.
    With UK and International faculty

    Limited places - Register early
    • GP Teaching event 21 March 2018 - Royal Berkshire Hospital
    The next GP teaching event will take place on 21 March 2018 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Trust Education Centre at 18:30 (Food will be provided)
    18:30 - 19:00 - arrival and registration 
    19:00 - 20:30 Teaching:
    • Algorithm for assesment and treatment of the painful shoulder
    • Examination of the shoulder
    • Advances in shoulder surgery

    I will encourage you to register early as places are limited. 

    For registration please e-mail or call on 01189028116.


  • New, New, New: Innovative Design Orthopaedics -
    IDO Isometer Shoulder Muscle Strength Gauge. [Read more]
  • Verso Stemless TSA with a new company Innovative Design Orthopaedics (IDO)
  • Shoulder study day for Physiotherapists
    Will be available soon.
    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 
  • Art at the Reading Shoulder and Elbow Centre
    Original fine art prints all dealing with human body in different situations by four artists are exhibited in the Reading Shoulder and Elbow centre 

    The prints on display are available to buy, with the artist contributing a donation to research. For more information please contact the secretaries in the unit.

    [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]
  • Cadaveric Shoulder Arthroplasty Instructional Course 22-23 February 2018 - Poznan, Poland

    Enquiries: Sean Bate +44 7469 191672

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.