Josh is an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Plastic Surgery, working under the supervision of Professor Ian Chetter (Professor of Surgery) and Professor Mat Hardman (Chair in Wound Healing), conducting research into surgical wound infections, wound healing, hand surgery and skin cancer. He is also a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery trainee, working in the Yorkshire region.
After completing his undergraduate medical degree at the Hull York Medical School, he underwent foundation training in West Yorkshire. He then went on to complete a two-year research fellowship under the supervision of Professor Chetter, culminating in the award of MD by Research Thesis. He was also successful in completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Professionals Education, and meeting the requirements for admission to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
His research centred around prevention of surgical site infection in primarily closed wounds, through the use of active wound dressings. As part of this, he designed and implemented a pilot randomised controlled trial that successfully recruited 144 patients in a single centre. The findings from this work have been presented on an international stage, and published in peer-reviewed journals.
Following his research fellowship, he completed core surgical training, again in Yorkshire. This led to him successfully obtaining a national training number in Plastic Surgery in 2020. He was appointed a Clinical Lecturer in Plastic Surgery in February 2021.
Since appointment, he has continued to collaborate both within the university and with colleagues in other parts of the UK, and continues to publish work both as a lead author and a collaborator.