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National and International Teaching/Lecturing FELLOWSHIPS in Hand Surgery

Visitors/Observers/Fellows are welcome 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 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 – there is an informal link with 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 here. Nor are many regular Departmental and regional teaching meetings and in GP practices.
Interested individuals should contact Mr Sammut directly.



Formal Courses



COVID 19 – The restrictions, self distancing and travel limitations have thrown the viability of this cadaveric course into uncertainty. The tentative plan is for this course to happen during 2021 but one is unsure whether this will be feasible. The format of the course involves groups of participants with a senior teacher around a table and cadaver limbs. For the present this would seem unlikely to happen. Please send expressions of interest which will be recorded and you will be amongst the first to be informed of developments



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 Surgeon, 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 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: £750

Information and registration of interest via:

Places are secured only by payment of fee.



COVID 19 – The restrictions, self distancing and travel limitations have meant that we are cancelling the course planned for mid February 2021. The tentative new date is 7th/8th July with applications opening in mid-May, when the rules are clearer. Those who have expressed an interest will be the first to be informed. Please continue to write in to secure a place on that list of participants.

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, Wee Lam

For information:

CME points 13

Provisional date for next Course: 7th and 8th July 2021

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 previous 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


4th May 2020
Pulvertaft Webinar Tutorial: Biomechanics of the intrinsics






Available on:


11th May 2020
Pulvertaft Webinar Tutorial: Tendon Transfers for Median and Ulnar Paralysis






Available on:–scALw

17th June 2020

PLASTA Webinar on ‘Dissection of the hand’
Film of Dissection of the Hand and Wrist with live commentary




8th July 2020

Webinar to General Practitioners and Hand Therapists
OneWelbeck Orthopaedics: ‘Common Hand Conditions presenting in General Practice’



17th July 2020
Webinar Tutorial to East of England FRCS (Plast) Training
‘Examination of the Hand and Common presentations’
Preparation for the FRCS (Plast)
Meeting ID: 588 976 0937
Password: 521761

26th -27th June 2020

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


19th August 2020

Webinar: Preparation for the FRCS (Plast): Common Hand Conditions about which you think you know everything

7.00 pm London BST (GMT +1)

Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 953 7803 8298

Passcode: Chelsea

Available on:


29th March 2021








To register on ZOOM:


4th/5th June 2021

ICHS January 2020 Series 8 Course 3
Tendon Injury, Rehabilitation and The Adult Absent Hand 

Virtual conference

5th June; Lectures on:
Anatomy and biomechanics of the Extensor System
Intrinsics – Examination and Understanding




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