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National and International Teaching/Lecturing FELLOWSHIPS in Hand Surgery

Fellows are accepted to join the practice at Circle Hospital in Bath.
These would generally be senior Trainees in Hand Surgery, but more junior trainees from the level of medical student are considered for briefer periods. Hand Therapists are also welcome to observe clinics and theatre lists.

This attachment is particularly open, and suitable, to those in the final stages of training in Hand Surgery – preference is given to those in preparation for FRCS (Plast), FRCS (Orth), or the BSSH Diploma in Hand Surgery. The period can be shared with other units in the same region, such as the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford.
Interested individuals should contact Mr Sammut for information on requirements and vacancy.

INFORMAL TUTORIALS are conducted on a regular basis for senior trainees, preparing for FRCS (Plast), FRCS (Orth) and the BSSH Diploma in Hand Surgery, outside of the Fellowship attachments. These are not listed. Nor are Departmental and regional teaching meetings.
Interested individuals should contact Mr Sammut directly.



Formal Courses






Two day cadaveric demonstration course dedicated to instruction on Tendon Transfers in the Hand
Day 1: Anatomy of the Forearm and Hand
Day 2: Tendon Transfers in the Hand
Course Organiser: Donald Sammut
Venue: The Vesalius Clinical Training Centre, Southwell Street, Bristol (University of Bristol)
                  Wee Lam, Hand Surgeon, Edinburgh
Leclercq, Hand Surgen, Paris
                  Donald Sammut, Hand Surgeon, Bath and London
1. Specialist Trainees in Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery
2. Hand Therapists
3. Consultant Hand Surgeons
Maximum 28 participants
Day 1
The day consists of five sessions of prosection conducted by Faculty (DS) with a maximum of 10 participants seated around the table. Participants will perform no dissection but will be free to assist, to question, request repeat and discuss. The course will start with a video presentation of the material to be covered that day, with live commentary.
Day 2
1. General introduction to biomechanics and principles of tendon transfer
2. Lecture on Median Nerve anatomy and paralysis
3. Dissection session on Tendon transfer for Median Nerve paralysis
a. The 4 main opposition plasties
b. Surgery for high median palsy
4. Lecture on Ulnar Nerve anatomy and paralysis
5. Dissection session on Tendon Transfer for Ulnar nerve paralysis
a. Correction of the Intrinsic minus hand
b. Adductorplasty of the thumb
c. Adductorplasty of the little finger
d. Supplementary techniques (tenodesis, stabilisation etc.)
6. Lecture on Radial Nerve Palsy anatomy and paralysis
7. Dissection session on Tendon transfer for Radial nerve paralysis
a. Restoration of Thumb extension
b. Restoration of Wrist extension
c. Restoration of long digit extension
8. Miscellaneous dissection e.g. Swan neck correction

Fee for 2 day course: £650

Information and application via:

Next Course  Plans for this course have been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis

Places are secured only by payment of fee.



Two day Course of dissection performed by prosectors – Consisting of:
1. Film presentation of dissection

2. Multiple dissection sessions on fresh cadaver specimens, prosected, and demonstrated, by Hand Surgeons.

3. Surface anatomy demonstration on live model.

The course was founded by Donald Sammut and David Evans and launched at Windsor Hand Clinic,
It has been held continuously since 1996, and is currently  held at the Vesalius Centre, Bristol.

Anatomy Course


Faculty Pool:  David EVANS, Henk Giele, Donald SAMMUT, Lorenzo Garagnani., Vikram Devaraj, Simon KAY, Carlos Heras-Palou, Sam Gidwani, Dan Wilks.

For information:

CME points 13

Next Course:  4th and 5th March 2020
Course fully booked

Download further information/flyer
please contact Donald Sammut if you wish to be placed on a waiting list and/or included in future announcements

Images from Feb 2019 Course

Teaching calendar



18th January 2020

Keynote lecture: Using Art in Surgery – The Surgeon as Artist
Kings College London Surgical Society



Anatomy Course

4th-5th March 2020

Upper Limb Dissection Course
Vesalius Centre, Bristol Medical School
See detailed Flyer above






14th March 2020


Venue: Leeds General Infirmary Postgraduate Centre and Clinical Skills Education Centre
Finalised Programme:

9.25 – 9.30 Opening Address
9.30 – 10.15 Keynote Speaker 1 – Mrs. Tricia Campbell (Motorsport Doctor)
10.15 – 11.00 Keynote Speaker 2 – Professor Keyoumars Ashkan (Surgery in space)
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee Break
11.15 – 12.00 Keynote Speaker 3 – Mr. Donald Sammut (Art, anatomy and Surgery)
12.00 – 12.15 Coffee Break
12.15 – 13.00 Keynote Speaker 3 – Mr. Donald Sammut (Reanimating Leprosy Hands in Nepal)
13.00 – 13.45 Lunch, Refreshments and Networking
13.45 – 14.20 Workshop 1
14.20 – 14.55 Workshop 2
14.55 – 15.30 Workshop 3
15.40 – 16.00 Prizes and Closing Address


1st April 2020; 6.00-7.00 pm


Public Lecture: Biomechanics of The Hand;
Anatomy, Pathology, Reconstruction 
How does the hand dialogue with the world?
How does its anatomy enable it to achieve what it does?
How do the thumb and digits interact with each other?
How is function affected when the hand is paralysed or Injured?
What are the principles of Restoration of Function?

Bridgwater Community Hospital

Bower LaneBridgwater   TA6 4GU                       
To attend: Please contact:                               
Free parking available at front of hospital



26th -27th June 2020


Instructional Tutorials on the Intrinsic Muscles of the hand
BSSH Instructional Course, Manchester
Series 8.2 (Tendons: Extensor and Flexor)



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