An orthopaedic consultant from NHS Golden Jubilee has been appointed as an honorary professor at the University of Strathclyde.

Professor Jon Clarke has been acknowledged for his work in the field of orthopaedics and his leading role in cutting-edge research for improved patient care.

The professorship recognises his research in computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery and allied technologies.

Professor Clarke, the lead for the orthopaedic research team at the Clydebank hospital, said: "The Golden Jubilee University National Hospital, in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde, has enabled me to fulfil my ambition of pursuing an academic consultant career whilst remaining in the West of Scotland.

"It is an absolute privilege to receive honorary professor status from the university and I look forward to growing this partnership and producing world-class research in the years to come."

The national facility has a strategic partnership with the University of Strathclyde to develop collaborative research capacity.

Professor Clarke will spearhead the collaboration with the university's Biomedical Engineering department.

The aim behind the partnership and research between the two organisations is to strengthen their research portfolio, create highly efficient models for knowledge exchange and support teaching.

Dr Phil Riches, reader in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, said: "Jon is well-known and well-respected amongst other orthopaedic departments in Glasgow, Scotland and the wider UK for his considerable research track record in robotic surgery and allied technologies.

"We expect this appointment to generate a gravitational pull for collaborative activity from a national perspective, as well as from the global orthopaedic surgical community.

“I believe Jon’s strategic vision in orthopaedics could help create additional connections between the University and NHS Golden Jubilee in other areas, such as cardiovascular and ophthalmology, and we would be seeking his support and drive in creating and capitalising on emerging opportunities.”

Previous collaborative achievement includes an internationally recognised research paper, which Professor Clarke co-authored with Professor Will Shu of the University of Strathclyde.

The paper, titled '3D bioactive composite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering,' earned the Best Paper award by KeAi.

The study explored the possibility of 3D printing hip and knee joint replacements mixed with a patient's biological cells.

Chris Gee, consultant orthopaedic surgeon and associate medical director for National Elective Services at NHS Golden Jubilee, said: “Jon has been instrumental in developing research within orthopaedics at NHS Golden Jubilee and this honorary professorship is extremely well deserved.

“Our orthopaedic research team is in a strong position today thanks to his hard work, which includes award-winning publications, developing a national research fellow programme, partnering with industry on funded research and bringing in a motion analysis laboratory.”