Mr Candal-Couto obtained his medical degree with Honours from Dundee University in 1995 and after completing house jobs in the city he moved to the North East. Here he carried out his basic surgical training and was appointed as a higher surgical trainee in trauma and orthopaedics in the Northern Deanery in 1998. After completing a shoulder fellowship in Auckland, New Zealand in 2003, he joined Northumbria Healthcare.
Heavily involved in education to train surgeons of the future, Mr Candal-Couto is the North East lecture programme coordinator for specialist trainees in trauma and orthopaedic surgery. He is regularly involved in regional, national and international courses. In addition he is an honorary lecturer at Teeside University and member of the British Elbow and Shoulder Education Committee.