Dr Philip Bearcroft


  • Specialities Radiology (Diagnostics), Musculoskeletal
  • Telephone 01223 266955
  • Year of first qualification 1987
  • Languages spoken


  • GMC Number 3357420
  • Fax 01223 266943


Dr Bearcroft was appointed Consultant Radiologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge in 1997 where he specialises in Musculoskeletal Radiology. 

Diagnostic Imaging:

Dr Bearcroft specialises in musculoskeletal imaging in general, and in imaging of sports injuries and chronic overuse injuries in particular.

Therapeutic Imaging:

He also specialises in image-guided treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic overuse injuries. Using imaging techniques to guide injections ensures that the injected material reaches the intended target, increasing efficacy and potentially reducing the risk of complications. Dr Bearcroft performs ultrasound or fluoroscopic guided therapeutic injections of steroids or of anaesthetic for diagnostic purposes. He also injects hyaluronic acid agents or local anaesthetic into the hip for patients with osteoarthritis and again this is performed under  image guidance and under  local anaesthetic (avoiding the need for a general anaesthetic). In the shoulder specifically he performs hydrodistension for frozen shoulder and barbotage for calcific tendinitis, again under ultrasound guidance and local anaesthetic. All these procedures are performed on an outpatient basis avoiding an inpatient stay.


  • By arrangement


Current posts

  • Consultant Radiologist, Addenbrookes NHS Trust Hospital


Other interests

Musculoskeletal radiology, diagnotic radiology and cross sectional imaging

Personal interests

Dr Bearcroft has a particular interest in computers and recently acted as the Lead Clinician for the PACS project (Picture Archiving and Communication System) at Addenbrooke's Hospital. 

He recently stood down having served terms as Clinical Director, and then Divisional Director, for the Radiology Department at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He served in the Olympic Village and at Wimbledon during Summer 2012 Olympics; investigating and treating Olympic athletes who presented with a wide variety of clinical musculoskeletal complaints. He has 2 teenage children and a cockapoo called Merlin who reminds everyone not to take themselves too seriously!

Member of

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • British Society of Skeletal Radiologists
  • European Society of Skeletal Radiologists
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • European Congress of Radiologists


Dr Bearcroft has written over 50 papers, virtually all in relation to musculoskeletal radiology and he reviews papers for a number of peer review radiological journals.


Dr Philip Bearcroft works with the following private medical insurance providers:
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • AXA PPP International
  • Bupa
  • Simplyhealth
  • WPA

Dr Philip Bearcroft does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Dr Philip Bearcroft does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Dr Philip Bearcroft does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.