Mr William Thomas



GMC number: 6028849

Practising since: 2001


Orthopaedic surgery

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Mr Thomas specialises in all conditions of the shoulder and elbow with a particular interest in sports injuries, arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery and joint replacement surgery. He also has an ongoing commitment in the field of trauma.

Mr Thomas qualified from University College London, Medical School in 2001 before moving to the West Country for his Surgical training in Bath and his Orthopaedic training in Bristol. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2011 and took up his Consultant appointment in Exeter in 2013.

Mr Thomas has a broad experience of shoulder and elbow surgery, completing prestigious, advanced surgical fellowships in Geelong, Australia and at the Major Trauma Centre in Bristol. His specialist clinical practice has a particular focus on strategies that enhance recovery following surgery and improve patients’ overall surgical experience.

Other interests

Mr Thomas has a keen interest in medical education. He has been involved in the education of medical students from the UK and abroad and sees Exeter University’s Medical School as an exciting development for the city. He trains Orthopaedic Surgical Trainees and Fellows of the Exeter Shoulder Unit.

Personal interests

Outside of work, sport has played a great part in Mr Thomas’ life and remains his main outlet for relaxation. He is a retired rugby player and now a keen cyclist, swimmer and novice triathlete. Being by the sea has also re-ignited a youthful passion for dingy sailing and kite surfing. He has a young family that manage to fill his time otherwise!

Treatments and tests offered by Mr William Thomas at Nuffield Health

  • Shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair)
  • Upper Limb Fractures and Injuries
  • Arthroscopy
  • Joint resurfacing
  • Manipulation under anaesthesia (MUA)
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Shoulder Manipulation
  • Elbow surgery
  • Arthroplasty
  • Tennis elbow release

Locations Mr William Thomas works with

Related experience


High quality and relevant research underpins Mr Thomas’ practice. He has contributed to this body of knowledge throughout his career and is continually seeking novel and innovative ways of improving the care he provides for his patients. The Exeter Shoulder Unit is active in both local and national projects.

Mr Thomas has a portfolio of research projects exploring the biomechanical science of the shoulder joint. In his latest work he is studying the basic science of shoulder replacement fixation and novel methods of shoulder reconstruction after injury.

He has won accolades for his investigations into the debilitating condition of frozen shoulder. He has a major interest in novel methods of enhancing patient experience and care during both day surgery and inpatient stays by using the Enhanced Recovery philosophy. His work in this field has been recognised regionally and internationally.


  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Shoulder and Elbow Society
  • British Trauma Association
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy

Other posts held

  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital
  • Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Insurers Mr William Thomas works with

Mr William Thomas works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Simplyhealth
  • Universal Provident
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • WPA


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

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

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