Mr Simon Ashley MS FRCS (Eng) BM
Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Simon Ashley is the Senior Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital and the Founder/Director of the Plymouth Vein Clinic. He is a specialist in all disorders affecting arteries and veins and is a member of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He qualified in medicine in 1983 at Southampton University and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1987. He was a Senior Registrar in St. James' University Hospital, Leeds, and completed specialist training in complex aortic surgery in the United States before being appointed as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (Derriford Hospital) in 1994. After 22 years as a Consultant in the NHS he moved into full-time private pratice in September 2016.
Simon Ashley's main area of specialist expertise is in the treatment of varicose veins and thread veins. He has expertise in all available minimally invasive treatment modalities for veins. In particular he has considerable expertise in the treatment of veins by Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy a technique which he has helped to evolve through personal experience of treating thousands of patients over several years and also through his own clinical research program. Currently he is a Demonstrator on the Venous Workshop of the Charing Cross International Vascular Symposium (2015, 2016, 2017) and was a contributor to the Vascular and Endovascular Challenges Update in 2016.
Simon Ashley has remained at the forefront of his profession. Formerly he served as an officer of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland and has been a member of Council and the Executive Committee of the Society as well as the Chairman of the Vascular Society's Audit and Research Committee. Until recently he was the Honorary Secretary of the Society of South West Vascular Surgeons, a Specialty Advisor to the NICE Committee on New Interventional Procedures and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital. He has remained engaged with clinical research and is the senior author of numerous publications within the medical literature on a range of vascular topics. He is actively involved in medical education and is currently a member of the Court of Examiners for the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Simon Ashley is an expert in the provision of reports for vascular-related Clinical Negligence claims. He also acts as a Clinical Advisor to the Parlimentary and Health Service Ombudsman and within the NHS Complaints Procedure.
Senior Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Honorary Secretary of the Society of South West Vascular Surgeons
Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee (Private Practice) Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital.
Chairman of the Audit and Research Committee of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Member of the Executive Committee of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Member of Council of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Member Education and Training Subcommittee of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Member of the Vascular Advisory Committee of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Member and former Co-Chair, UK Carotid Endarterectomy Audit (UKCEAA) steering group.
Member of the Professional Standards Committee, Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Specialist Advisor to National Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Deaths (NCEPOD), Royal College of Surgeons of England.
External Clinical Examiner in Surgery, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London.
Abstract adjudication subcommittee of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Chairman of Expert Working Group, National Health Service Information Authority.
Membership of Professional Bodies and Societies
Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Court of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons of England
Society of South West Vascular Surgeons
Scientific Faculty, Charing Cross International Vascular Symposium
National Expert Advisory Group, Nuffield Health
Medico-legal Reports and Expert Witness work
Simon Ashley has been acting as an expert witness in vascular-related Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury claims for over 20 years. He has also acted as a Specialist Clinical Advisor to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and within the NHS Complaints Procedure. He completed the Bond-Solon expert witness course "Excellence in Report Writing" in January 2017.
Main areas of expertise: Critical Limb Ischaemia; Amputations; Diabetic Foot; Varicose Veins; Chronic Venous Insufficiency; Leg Ulcers; Deep Vein Thrombosis.
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