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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowships

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

This page includes Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship programmes which have been approved under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme, and a gallery of recent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellows.

Applying to be a Fellow

If you would like to be a RCS Senior Clinical Fellow, you will need to contact the Supervisor / Lead Consultant of the Fellowship programme you are interested in. Ask the Supervisor / Lead Consultant if or when there is a vacancy for a Fellow. They will tell you how to apply, if appropriate. Please go to the appropriate Fellowship programme listed below for more information.

Coventry Microsurgery and Major Trauma Fellowship

Based at: University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BAPRAS & BOA

Approval period: Initially approved April 2016; reapproved September 2019 - August 2022

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Miss Joanna Skillman, Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Completion of assessment in life saving procedures, primary and secondary surveys
  • Supervision and assessment to demonstrate Increasing independence and complexity in soft tissue trauma management
  • Multi source feedback from team
  • Self - reflective diary of achievements
  • Completion of an audit cycle
  • Publication of a research project in a peer reviewed journal

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

Independent, actual numbers from last Fellow (including P (Performed) and STS (Supervised – Trainer Scrubbed):

  • Free flap - 50  (gracilis, scapular, LD, DIEP, ALT)
  • Local flaps - 15
  • Arterial or Venous anastomosis - 82
  • Debridement of lower limb injury - 71

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Joseph Hardwicke (May 16 - Feb 17)
  • Katy Wallis (Aug 17 - Aug 18)

Gallery of RCS Senior Clinical Fellows in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Joseph Hardwicke

Coventry Microsurgery and Major Trauma Fellowship, University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, May 2016 to February 2017

Current (July 2017) post: Consultant Plastic Surgeon, University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

"As the inaugural Fellow on this programme I was able to carve out a definitive role as a Microsurgeon in a busy Major Trauma Centre, focussing on both emergency and elective microsurgery. The greatest achievement was the attainment of a substantive Consultant post within the host institution. It allowed me to enhance my microsurgical technique, as well as aid my reconstructive algorithm development in a variety of complex major trauma patients. The Fellowship was well supported, both in clinical and academic terms, and I have continued this into my Consultant job plan. I personally feel that the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship has brought even more cohesion to the Trauma and Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery departments, and I feel that I really got to make a difference to a large number of patients. I would thoroughly recommend this post to individuals with a microsurgical and general plastic surgery interest."

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