Mr James Ritchie

BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCS, FRCS (Tr and Orth)


James graduated from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London in 1995 and is a fully qualified orthopaedic and trauma surgeon. He undertook a fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the world-renowned Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore and specialises in all aspects of foot and ankle problems in children and adults, from foot pain and ingrowing toenails through sports injuries and fractures to total ankle replacement. He uses the most up to date surgical techniques to optimise outcomes and recovery time for his patients.

He was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells in 2005 and went on to lead the development of foot and ankle surgery in the area, including setting up the only multidisciplinary Charcot diabetic foot and ankle clinic in Kent. Together with Lt. Col. Tania Cubison he formed the regional complex lower limb reconstruction service, based at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, but treating patients from across Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London.

He is committed to teaching and ran the Foot and Ankle section of the South-East Thames Higher Surgical Programme, based at Guy’s Hospital, from 2006-2017. Over the past year, he has taught on the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore, Oxford and Cambridge Foot and Ankle Surgery courses and the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Advanced Foot and Ankle course. He also contributed a chapter to "Core Topics in Foot and Ankle Surgery" (Cambridge University Press, 2018), one of the most up to date text books for foot and ankle surgeons.

James is regularly asked to lecture at both national and international conferences for foot and ankle surgeons, and in the last few months has been invited speaker not only to the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, but also the German Orthopaedic Society (DKOU) and the European Foot and Ankle Society in Geneva.

He is a fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons, The British Orthopaedic Association and sits on the Scientific Committee of  The British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, as well as the Orthopaedic Expert Working Group for NHS England.


  • Tuesday 18:00 - 20:00



  • Bunion and hammer toe correction
  • Forefoot pain
  • Flatfoot deformity
  • Children’s foot and ankle problems
  • Total ankle replacement
  • Sports injuries & fractures
  • Achilles problemsHeel pain

Personal interests

James holds a degree in the History of Medicine and is regularly invited to lecture on the subject at national and international meetings.

Member of

  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society


Mr James Ritchie works with the following private medical insurance providers:
  • Aviva Health
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Freedom Health
  • Health-on-Line
  • PHC
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA

Mr James Ritchie does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr James Ritchie does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr James Ritchie does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.