Hand Surgery

Chair of Training Interface Group: Miss G Smith

College Contact: Megan Warde, Specialty Manager

Number of funded fellowships: 10

Length of fellowships: 12 months

Commencing: 1st February or 22nd July

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: 

  • Derby - Pulvertaft Hand Centre
  • Eastern - Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
  • Leeds - Leeds General Infirmary
  • North Western - Wythenshawe Hospital and Wrightington Hospital
  • Newcastle - Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Road Hospital,
  • Nottingham - Queen’s Medical Centre
  • Oxford - Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
  • Sheffield - Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
  • West Midlands - Birmingham - Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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 in annually around 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 May each year.