Bath NHS Dance Injury Clinic

Royal United Hospital

Combe Park, Bath, Avon, Somerset BA1 3NG

Founded in partnership with NIDMS, One Dance UK and Dance Again Foundation.

Download referral information as PDF

How can I get an appointment?

  • You must first visit your GP, explain your injury concern and that you are a dancer, teacher, or choreographer and would benefit from dance-specialist treatment. Your GP will refer you to your chosen NHS Dance Injury clinic using the information below. 

  • Please print this information (pdf above) or show this information on your phone during your GP appointment to help them make the referral.

  • Please note this service is a Secondary service, not Tertiary. Due to this service being an NHS service it is free at the point of use and as an NHS patient it is your legal right to choose where you would like to be referred


Referral options/details

From 1st October 2018, all GP referrals are now done electronically through the e-Referral System (e-RS), previously called Choose & Book. GPs can find the referral option by searching:

  • Request type: Appointment

  • Priority: Routine  

  • Specialty: Orthopaedics

  • Clinic type: Sports Trauma

  • Named clinician: NONE

  • Distance within: 10 miles of BA2 0BA

  • SEARCH RESULT (Select): 

    • Sports Injury – Orthopedics - RUH Bath-RD1 at ROYAL UNITED HOSPITAL

    • 169870 

    • Dancers can be seen either in the monthly dance clinic or the sports injury clinic, please select whichever appointment is sooner.


Please print this information and give it to your GP: Bath e-referral instructions

Referrals can also be made by Consultants and Medical Specialists from other hospitals. These can be done via letter, fax or email.​

Helpful phone numbers:

  • Main hospital switchboard : 01225 428331

  • Initial appointment bookings and appointment cancellations: 01225 821821

  • Follow-up appointments: 01225 825602

Full postal details

Dr Julian Widdowson or Mr Tristan Barton, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, Combe Park, Bath, BA1 3NG.

If you have any problems or questions regarding your referral please contact the NIDMS Manager on: 020 7940 9804 or email 

Meet the team

Dr Julian Widdowson

Sports Medicine

Having qualified from University College Hospital, London, Dr Widdowson has since worked with various athletes ranging from elite Olympic athletes and professional sports teams to the recreational sports person, treating a range of sporting injuries. He was awarded an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of Bath and was awarded a fellowship of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine 2013. He was the team doctor to the England Rugby U16's and England Saxons for 10 years, and joined the medical team at Bath Rugby in 2003. Dr Widdowson was their Head of Sports Medicine until 2012 and subsequently consultant in sports medicine to Bath Rugby. He was a medical team leader at the athletics track, London Olympics 2012. He is now team doctor to the Welsh Rugby Union.

He is a Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine in Bath and is Clinical Lead for the Orthopaedic Interface NHS Service. He is also Clinical Lead for the South West Hub of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, one of three hubs providing Sport Medicine expertise to all genres of dancers across England. He is the medical director of Cyclissimo Ltd, an organisation dedicated to improving cyclists performance.

 Other sports medicine posts include member of the medical team for the Paralympics World Cup 2009 and team doctor to Wales Rugby League until 2009. He is the Clinical Director of the renowned MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine course at the University of Bath. He is an Assessor for the General Medical Council for the specialty of Sport and Exercise Medicine and is an examiner for the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

Nick Cleverton


Nick is an ex-professional ballet dancer. Training from the age of six and studying at The Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts, The Legat School of Classical Ballet and ultimately graduating from the prestigious Royal Ballet School. He successfully had a 9 year career working professionally both nationally and internationally with The Birmingham Royal Ballet, London City Ballet and Scottish Ballet, finally succumbing to chronic knee injury in late 2004.

Prior to becoming a physiotherapist Nick qualified in sports and remedial massage, personal training and clinical referral exercise. After working with dancers from Scottish Ballet he went on to manage a health and fitness centre, alongside training a wide spectrum of clients.

Nick has worked for the Rugby Football Union as part of the medical team for the England 16 rugby team from 2007 to 2012 and assisted with premiership Bath Rugby's 2012 pre-season training. He has a specialist interest in dance and sports injuries. He currently works in the private sector at Circle Bath in general musculoskeletal outpatients, orthopaedics and further specialising sporting and dance injuries. Nick also works privately at The Young Athlete Clinic specialising in child and adolescent sports and dance injuries. He also works at The London Dance Injury Specialist Clinic and is a trustee for the Dance Again Foundation charity.  He is a specialist physiotherapist in the NHS and is part of the sports injury clinic team as well as being the physiotherapist for the south west hub of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science. Nick's main passion is dance and believes that understanding dance, the dancer and the demands that are required to succeed are fundamental when combined with evidence based practice to providing expert care and effective injury management.

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