By: 9 May 2024
Jo Thomas appointed as Associate Medical Director at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Jo Thomas, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, has joined the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital to lead Division 1 as Associate Medical Director.

As Associate Medical Director, Jo will be responsible for the quality of patient care and leadership of staff in Division 1 which broadly covers ward management, JointCare – The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital’s hip and knee replacement pathway, and the Outpatient clinic.

Jo commented: “I’m thrilled to be joining ROH in this role and am excited to lend my experience, knowledge and solutions-led approach to developing the Division further. I’m a great believer that there is always a solution that will work for everyone – sometimes you have to be creative but when there is a challenge you have to be bold and come up with solutions that will make a difference.

“Collaboration is also key to my way of working – we can achieve more together, than people can individually. With a Trust like ROH doing absolutely ground-breaking surgeries it’s an amazing opportunity to bring my learnings from working at different Trusts and help build upon the great work happening here. ROH already collaborates with the Birmingham Children’s Hospital in paediatric spine, orthopaedic oncology and interventional radiology so it’s a case of building on the great models of collaboration already in place.”

Jo has several focus areas in this role, including developing the ROH as a Major Revision Centre and promoting the Trust as a workplace of choice for female consultants.

Jo will be working alongside Associate Medical Director for Division 2, Ben Smith, and Medical Director Mr. Matt Revell.

Matt Revell, Medical Director at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, added: “Jo brings with her a wealth of knowledge around inclusion and compassionate leadership and we are so excited that she has agreed to travel with us on our path at the ROH. I know we will benefit hugely from her perspective and insights, and her ability to develop relationships will be helpful as we continue to collaborate within the Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System and its member Trusts.”