Dr Patrick Wheeler

Academic Champion in Sport and Exercise Medicine

Dr Patrick Wheeler

Department of Sport and Exercise Medicine
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Leicester General Hospital
Gwendolen Road

Email: pw170@le.ac.uk


Dr Patrick Wheeler has been a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust since 2009. He is the Head of Service for the Department of Sport and Exercise Medicine, having joined the department in 2000.

As a part of the multidisciplinary team in the UHL Sports Medicine Department, Dr Wheeler provides NHS-based Sport and Exercise Medicine care to patients referred for both a wide range of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries, as well as for a range of exercise-medicine related issues where physical activity can improve their health, or their activity may be restricted due to pre-existing morbidity. Prior to his training in Sport and Exercise Medicine Dr Wheeler qualified as, and worked as, a General Practitioner and still holds Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners. In addition to his clinical work, Dr Wheeler is extensively involved in teaching Specialist Registrars in Sport and Exercise Medicine across the East Midlands region.

Dr Wheeler graduated from Leicester University Medical School in 1998. He holds an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine from Nottingham University (2004), a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine from the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (2006), a Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London (2007), a Post-Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound from Bournemouth University (2011), and an MSc in Physical Activity and Public Health from Staffordshire University (2012). He is currently enrolled for his PhD at Loughborough University where he is studying the management options for tendinopathy conditions and is aiming to complete this in summer 2017. Dr Wheeler is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, and was one of the first group of doctors entered onto the GMC Specialist Register in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2009.

In addition to his role at UHL, Dr Wheeler was appointed as a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Fellow at Loughborough University in 2013, working part-time across both roles. He has previously been employed at Bath University from 2007-2014 teaching extensively on the Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc course and is still involved to a lesser extent in teaching and examining on this MSc course.

Outside of his NHS and University posts, Dr Wheeler has worked for a variety of sporting governing bodies at national level for nearly fifteen years. Previously he worked at the English Institute of Sport in the East Midlands Region for six years from 2007 to 2013), and has worked for a variety of national governing bodies at national level in a range of able-bodied and disability sports including Triathlon / Paratriathlon, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Football, Shooting and Softball.

Dr Wheeler has also worked for Paralympics GB at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, London 2012 Paralympic Games and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Dr Wheeler has a wide range of areas of current research interests, and has a number of peer-reviewed publications. Current areas of research interest include the medical management of tendinopathies, where he is leading a number of NHS-based clinical trials examining treatment options for tendon conditions. Other areas of research include understanding the patient journey and experience, identifying methods of physical activity promotion in well and injured people, including identification of professional knowledge in this domain, and the development of more effective pre-participation screening to facilitate physical activity uptake.

Potential opportunities for medical students:

  1. Elective placements
  2. Ad-hoc NHS SEM clinic opportunities
  3. Career guidance / advice in Sport and Exercise Medicine

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