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Simon Fleming

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Description of practice


Orthopaedic surgeon


General ortho, Educational research + teaching

Orthopaedic Diversity


Simon is a London-based Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, medical education Ph.D and culture change advocate.

He is a founding member and the trainee representative for the International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance (IODA). He is on the Executive board for the NIHR Clinical Education Incubator and Associate Editor for Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher. He is a past Vice Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Trainee Doctors’ Group (ATDG) and past President of the British Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association (BOTA). He is also Clinical Advisor to the Methuselah Foundation, supporting the NASA Deep Space Food Challenge.

While passionate about orthopaedics, clinical education and mentoring, he has special interests in hand surgery, competency decisions and combating bullying, discrimination, harassment and the lack of diversity and equity in healthcare.

What made you join IODA?

How have you approached DEI in your workplace?

Advocacy, allyship, challenging negative behaviours and celebrating good ones, regular talks and teaching

How do you define inclusion?

Inclusion is the culture in which the mix of people can come to work, feel comfortable and confident to be themselves, and work and live in a way that feels true to them. Inclusion will ensure that everyone feels valued and importantly, adds value. You cannot have inclusion without diversity and, once you have these - belonging is possible

What is your proudest achievement?

The first time someone shared with me that I had made a real difference

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