Hand Surgery

Chair of Training Interface Group: Miss G Smith

College Contact: Nadia Permall  Specialty Manager

Number of funded fellowships: 10

Length of fellowships: 12 months

Commencing: 1st February or 22nd June

Parent Specialties: Plastic Surgery, Trauma and Orthopaedics

Hand Surgery is an “Interface Specialty” in that training can be provided by either or both of two parent specialties; Plastic Surgery and Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery. Those undertaking an “Interface” Advanced Training Post would receive training in both parent specialties. These prestigious posts represent the pinnacle of training in Hand Surgery in the U.K.

Training Centres: 


Lead Trainer 

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham Women's & Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Mr M Waldram

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mr I Grant

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mr P Russell

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Mr R Farnell

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Prof V Lees

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mr N Williams

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mr A Chojnowski

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mr I McNab

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Ms M Birks 

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Mr D Newington

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Mr C Y Ng 

For more information as well as a description of each unit, please use this link to the Advanced Training Post page on the BSSH website, which will be periodically updated.

10 fellows are appointed annually to advanced training positions in hand surgery. There are currently 11 centres approved for training (some centres have multiple posts) and trainees have the opportunity to preference which of the centres they would consider training within as part of the application process. If a centre has more than one post then start dates are usually staggered, one fellowship commencing in February and a second in August.




Are posted annually, around February/March on NHS Jobs, Health Education South West and College websites. All relevant information will also be circulated to relevant committees for dissemination to trainees. Current vacancies can be seen on the Sub-Specialty Training Posts section of the website.


The window for application is usually 4 weeks in length. It is important to check the closing date as late applications are not accepted. All applications are completed online through the national system, Oriel.


As part of the recruitment process candidates will be required to bring two references with them to the interviews; one of these must be from the Training Programme Director.


Are usually held in March/April each year.