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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
The Reading Shoulder Unit - Introduction
The Reading Shoulder Unit is an international centre of excellence with both NHS and private wings, based at
the Royal Berkshire Hospital, the Berkshire Independent Hospital and Spire Dunedin Hospital.


The unit was established by two leading orthopaedic surgeons
Stephen Copeland FRCS and Ofer Levy MD MCh(Orth) FRCS.

                                          (1946 -2015)

The Reading shoulder unit team:
Four Consultant Orthopaedic shoulder and elbow surgeons:
  • Prof. Ofer Levy, MD MCh(Orth) FRCS
  • Mr Giuseppe Sforza, MD 
  • Dr Juan Bruguera, MD PhD 
Consultant anaesthetists:
  • Dr Atul Kapila MBBS, FRCA
  • Dr Warren Fisher MBBS, FRCA
  • Dr Clare Skinner MBBS, FRCA
  • Dr Ian Rechner MBBS, FRCA
  • Dr Richard Barnes MBBS, FRCA
working alongside shoulder surgery fellows:

Dr Paolo Consigliere MD 
Miss Caroline Witney-Lagen FRCS(Tr&Orth)
Dr Luis Natera MD
Mr Andreas Leonidou MD FRCS(Tr&Orth)

An experienced team of physiotherapists, nurses, secretaries,
a Biomechanical engineers, IT and research staff.

The unit is full equipped to treat all kinds of shoulder problems including:
  • Arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery
  • Shoulder reconstructive surgery
  • Total Shoulder replacement
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Sports Injuries
  • Arthritis Degenerative Conditions
  • Children's abnormalities

The Unit operates at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, the Berkshire Independent Hospital and 
the Spire Dunedin Hospital.

NHS Patients now can be seen on all sites through Choose & Book.

The Reading Shoulder unit is the official shoulder and elbow treatment centre  for GB Rowing Team

The BIH private Unit is located on the ground floor of the Berkshire Independent Hospital, close by a fully equipped physiotherapy department.

The surgeons operate at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, The Berkshire Independent Hospital, and the Spire Dunedin Hospital. They are supported by a dedicated theatre team at all three venues.

The physiotherapists run a shoulder assessment and rehabilitation programme for patients being treated by unit.

There are computerised patient records and an IT network link between the Shoulder Unit, the operating theatres and outpatient clinics in all participating Reading Hospitals.


Research and Development

The unit's work includes basic scientific and clinical studies, as well as the development and introduction of new techniques in both arthroscopic and open surgery.

We have introduced the concept of 'One-stop clinic' for diagnosis and treatment of shoulder problems by performing Ultrasound scan of the shoulder at the time of first consultation, saving the patient time and discomfort and initiating treatment without delay.

The unit is the world centre for shoulder resurfacing and stemless reverse total shoulder arthroplasty.

In fact, the Unit was responsible for developing "The Copeland Shoulder", a cementless resurfacing shoulder replacement technique now used worldwide.

The development of the 'Verso shoulder system', a cementless bone preserving reversed geometry shoulder replacement.

Development of arthroscopic techniques and instruments, and It has also pioneered the use of thermal shrinkage for arthroscopic stabilisation, following extensive research.

There is regular collaborative research between the Reading Shoulder Unit, Reading University, Brunel university, Manchester university and Imperial College, London.

The Unit has produced standardised rehabilitation protocols in conjunction with specialist shoulder physiotherapists at the Reading Hospitals. These protocols are currently being adopted by other hospitals and physiotherapists in the area.

Teaching, Surgical education & Training

The Shoulder Unit is internationally renowned for its training programmes. Since 1982 it has held Shoulder Surgery Courses at Reading University. These courses attract both British and European Shoulder Surgeons. Teaching seminars for general Practitioners, Physiotherapists and Nurses are also held regularly at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Capio Reading Hospital. Corses on shoulder surgery for specialist registrars are regularly held in the unit. Several times a year the Reading shoulder unit hold advanced shoulder surgery courses for arthroscopic surgery and for shoulder arthroplasty. These courses include satelite transmission of live surgery and workshops.


Within the Reading shoulder unit there is fully equipped bioskills laboratory for teaching and practicing open and arthroscopic surgical techniques.


The Shoulder Fellows practise at the Lab      

The shoulder fellows practice at the bio-skills lab which now has a Virtual Reality Haptic Training Simulator for arthroscopic surgery, which has been developed with collaboration of the Unit.