Hand Surgery is an “Interface Specialty” in that training can be provided by either or both of two parent specialties, namely Plastic Surgery and Trauma & Orthopaedic (T&O) Surgery. Each discipline offers mutually complementary perspective and skills training in the management of hand and wrist conditions.
The aspiration of the fellowship is to produce hand surgeons who are well versed in the breadth and depth of hand surgery. Fellows will be expected to gain exposure and training in open hand surgery, microsurgery, arthroscopic surgery and minimally invasive surgery, as applicable in the treatment of traumatic, degenerative, infective, inflammatory, neoplastic and congenital pathologies affecting the hand and upper limb.
The inception of these advanced training posts (ATP) was in 1992. They represent the pinnacle of Hand Surgery training in the UK and serve as the breeding ground for our future leaders in the specialty.