Miss Claire Topliss is an established NHS Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in Swansea. Brought up in the Midlands, she attended Medical School at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, qualifying in 1993. Training took her from the North of England to basic surgical training in West London. She completed her FRCS in 1998, passing both parts of the examination on first attempt and trained as a Specialist Registrar in Bristol. During this time, she was awarded her Postgraduate Doctorate for work defining the anatomy of the Pilon Fracture. At the FRCS (Tr&Orth) exit examination in 2005 she came top of the year and was awarded the coveted Sir Walter Mercer Gold Medal.
Claire completed her speciality training in Foot and Ankle surgery with a year long International Fellowship in Vancouver, Canada. She then migrated to Wales to commence her consultant post in Swansea, starting her position in July 2007.
During her time as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Claire has been actively involved in the development of a number of multidisciplinary teams to improve the care of patients with Foot and Ankle conditions. The teams have worked together to create quality pathways for Achilles Tendon Ruptures, Achilles Tendinopathies and Heel Pain. The Swansea Morriston Achilles Rupture Treatment (SMART) program has been published and has received both national and international recognition. Claire is regularly invited to speak at conferences to discuss this work pioneered in Swansea.
Claire has been principal investigator in a multicentre trial from Oxford looking into the effects of Plasma Rich Protein (PRP) injections into the healing Achilles tendon rupture. The team are now participating in a multicentre trial from Warwick investigating the effect of PRP injections in patients with Achilles Tendinopathy. Claire is currently working with the team to develop pathways for Morton’s Neuroma and Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction. In addition Claire, together with a dedicated team, continues to support patients with diabetes to maintain healthy feet and prevent tissue loss and amputation. This is an on-going project and Claire is currently supervising an MD student with the aim of improving outcomes for patients with diabetes across the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. Claire also continues to be an active member of the on-call Orthopaedic Trauma team in Morriston Hospital.
With her experience and patient centred approach Claire hopes to provide a comprehensive service for patients with Foot and Ankle conditions that present to the Sancta Maria Hospital, bringing the expertise and team ethos that she employs within the current NHS service.
Together with her patients, Claire will help identify and explain the cause of concern and explore options for treatment, both non-operative and operative where appropriate.
MB BS, FRCS, FRCS(Tr&Orth), MD
Adult Foot and Ankle Surgery