Mr Mark Brinsden joined the Royal Navy as a medical student at University College Hospital, London and graduated in 1993. After pre-registration “house” jobs in the Westcountry he graduated from the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth in 1994. He completed royal marines commando training and joined 40 Commando Royal Marines as their general duties medical officer. He provided medical support to 800 royal marines on operations in Northern Ireland, the Mediterranean, the Far East and South Africa.
Mr Brinsden was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1999. He was subsequently appointed to higher surgical training and as a specialist registrar gained a broad experience during three years in the Peninsula Deanery and then moved to Oxford for more specialist training. He was awarded fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (Trauma and Orthopaedics) in 2004. He received fellowship training in shoulder and elbow surgery at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford; and trauma surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
Mr Mark Brinsden was awarded GMC Specialist Registration (trauma and orthopaedic surgery) in 2005. Between 2005 and 2013 he served as a military consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon at MDHU Derriford, during which time he supported deployed military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He retired his commission after 22 years and was appointed to an NHS consultant post at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.