Essex Hip & Knee SurgeonThis website is provided by Mr Godfrey Charnley, MBBS, FRCS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, specialising in hip and knee replacement surgery and revision hip replacement surgery, as a source of information for patients and other healthcare professionals.


Godfrey Charnley has over 25 years of Consultant experience in hip and knee surgery, particularly joint replacement. He also performs arthroscopy of the knee. He treats both young and old patients with a variety of technologies.

Having qualified in 1983, from St Thomas’ Hospital in London, where he won the Paediatrics Medal in his final year, he was a Registrar in several London teaching hospitals, including The Middlesex Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, and then a Senior Registrar in Bristol, completing his UK higher surgical training. In addition to this training, Mr Charnley has also had Advanced Fellowships in knee surgery in Basel, Switzerland, in 1992 and trauma and revision joint replacement surgery in Paris, France, and in pelvic and acetabular fracture surgery in Seattle, USA, in 1994.

Mr Charnley’s first Consultant Orthopaedic post was at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where he was also Honorary Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery, at the Plymouth Postgraduate Medical School, between 1995 and 2002. At this hospital, he was lead surgeon in Trauma and was also Surgical Tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Mr Charnley was awarded a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy for his academic and teaching work there.

In 2002, Mr Charnley moved to Chelmsford, where he has continued to have a busy clinical practice but has also been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education, being a frequent lecturer or faculty member at both trauma and joint replacement meetings.

He has published four book chapters and authored or co-authored 60 publications and 60 scientific presentations, many of these on various aspects of joint replacement surgery (please refer to Research and Publications pages.

Mr Charnley, for ten years, was an examiner for the FRCS Orth diploma, examining in adult orthopaedics and trauma, and he has been a Regional Clinical Coordinator for the National Joint Registry. He is a reviewer of papers for the European Hip Society’s Journal, ‘Hip International’.

Mr Charnley is a member of the French Orthopaedic Association, the European Hip Society, The British Orthopaedic Study Group and the British Hip Society. He has given instructional lectures in complex joint reconstruction to the South African Orthopaedic Association and has given masterclass lectures at the European Federation of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, in Paris, on hip replacement following hip fracture and difficult hip replacement cases. More recently, he has also lectured on short stems in total hip replacement, in Paris, in 2014, at the Institute Kerboull.

Mr Charnley has lectured in both English and French and has been honoured, following one of these lectures, in 2005, to receive the best prize for a scientific presentation, at an international hip meeting, in Toulouse.

Over the past seventeen years, in ‘Mid Essex’, Mr Charnley has introduced many new technologies to orthopaedic surgery, including small incision hip surgery, hip resurfacing and cementless total hip replacement. He has had the pleasure of lecturing to local patient groups, osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists. Mr Charnley has been independently selected to be included in the ‘UK’s Top Doctors’.

Finally, Mr Charnley, in view of his extensive experience, is now regularly instructed by solicitors and insurance companies and NHS Trusts as an expert witness in medical negligence cases. He has lectured on several occasions to lawyers in this field.




Mr Charnley believes that communication between himself and his patient is essential, particularly in view of the increasing burden of medical litigation. He works with Anaesthetists who routinely perform modern day anaesthesia for joint replacement surgery and one of his colleagues, Dr Kevin Kiff, has also specialised in Intensive Care treatment.

Mr Charnley has prepared a fee sheet structure outlining his charges for surgery and consultations and he also has a practice which follows the recent GDPR guidelines.

This page was last updated September 2019