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Metabolic bone disease service

Specialists in osteogenesis imperfecta

The Metabolic Bone Disease Team, led by Dr Paul Arundel provide a focused multidisciplinary service for children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), also known as brittle bone disease.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is a national and international centre for treatment and research of OI.

Conditions we treat

We also treat other bone fragility conditions, skeletal dysplasia and mineralisation disorders, such as:

  • achondroplasia
  • fibrous dysplasia or McCune-Albright syndrome
  • hypophosphatasia (HPP)
  • hypoparathyroidism
  • osteoporosis
  • osteopetrosis
  • vitamin D deficient rickets
  • X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH)

Our team includes

Metabolic bone disease consultants

Dr Paul Arundel and Dr Stephanie Borg.

Clinical nurse specialists

Nurse specialists co-ordinate treatment on the ward and in clinics

A clinical support worker supports the nursing team.


They provide treatment and advice on mobility and physical function.

Occupational therapists

Occupational therapists (sometimes called ‘OTs’) provide a holistic assessment of your child’s functional independence, with advice on handling, positioning, seating, wheelchairs and other equipment.

Social worker

They provide families with a range of advice and support including:

  • out of school activities
  • issues in school
  • benefits, grants and financial issues
  • housing and short breaks

Clinical psychologist

They provide psychological support to children and their families in the Highly Specialised Osteogenesis Imperfecta Service.


Heather Allen provides dietary advice and support.

Local associates

We work closely with a number of other consultants who have a special interest in bone conditions, these include:

  • Dr Meena Balasubramaninan, Consultant Clinical Geneticist
  • Dr Amaka Offiah, Consultant Radiologist
  • Mr James Fernandes, Mr Steve Giles and Mr Nick Nicolaou, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Mr Ashley Cole, and Mr Lee Breakwell, Consultant Spinal Surgeons
  • Mrs Joana Monteiro, Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry
  • Dr Jennie Walsh, Consultant Endocrinologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals who facilitates transition to adult services

National associates

Sheffield is the Lead Centre for the National Highly Specialised Osteogenesis Imperfecta Service. We work closely with:

  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us:
0114 226 7890 – Therapy and nursing office
0114 226 7885 – Medical secretary

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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