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Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowships

Approved Fellowships and Fellows’ Gallery

This page includes a list of the Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship programmes which have been approved under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme, and a gallery of recent T&O Fellows.

Applying to be a fellow

If you would like to be an 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.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

Foot and Ankle Fellowships

Fortius Clinical Sports Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship

Based at: The Fortius Clinic, London

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: March 2020 – May 2023

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Professor James Calder, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, and of the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College, London, with Mr Andy Roche, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6-12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the management of F&A conditions with particular reference to the evaluation of the most appropriate treatment options that may be considered for elite level athletes.
  • Critically evaluate these options and discuss clearly with the supervisor and athlete/physiotherapist
  • Understand the different approaches that may be considered for elite athletes when compared to the general population
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the most appropriate investigations for specific F&A conditions.
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the anatomy and radiological features of the F&A and common conditions encountered in sports.
  • Understand the principles of rehabilitation following F&A injuries, particularly in the athlete.
  • Understand the ethical principles underlying patient care and the relevance of legal aspects that are specific to managing professional athletes
  • Demonstrate competency in clinical examination of F&A conditions
  • Understand the principles of arthroscopic procedures, specific ligament and tendon repairs
  • Able to critically review research and initiate / participate in research projects
  • Communicate clearly with patients and their medical teams regarding injuries, treatment and their rehabilitationLead the clinical audit and monthly MDT meeting

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

  • The Fellow is expected to participate in 250-300 surgical procedures during the 6 months. The majority (90%) will be as the sole assistant as they are private patients and elite athletes.
  • There is an opportunity to lead on surgery under direct supervision of the Lead Supervisor as first assistant at the Hampshire Clinic where NHS patients are treated. There is not the opportunity to undertake surgery unsupervised.

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

During 6 months:

  • Ankle arthroscopy: 50
  • Ankle ligament reconstruction - 30
  • Achilles tendon repair - 30
  • Other Achilles surgery - 20
  • Syndesmosis stabilisation - 20
  • Hindfoot fusions - 12
  • Hindfoot/midfoot osteotomies - 12
  • ORIF ankle - 20Forefoot procedures - 60

 

Hip Surgery Fellowships

Frimley Park Hip Fellowship

Based at: Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: Initially approved October 2013; reapproved April 2017 - March 2020

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Sebastian Sturridge, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrates the skills necessary to confidently assess hip pathology and plan treatment.
  • Produces surgical plans for complex hip reconstruction.
  • Demonstrates the surgical skills necessary to be able to run a complex hip surgery practice independently.
  • Demonstrates the knowledge, leadership qualities, attitudes and communication skills necessary to run a consultant practice.
  • Evidences an interest in audit, research and service development.

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

  • The ability to take a detailed history and demonstrate examination findings relevant to a young adult hip presentation.
  • The ability to take a detailed history and demonstrate examination findings relevant to a patient with a failing implant.
  • The ability to safely execute a diagnostic hip arthroscopy with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to safely remove a failed femoral stem and any surrounding cement with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to safely remove a failed acetabular shell and any surrounding cement with minimal supervision.

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

Supervisor (2018): “The last surgeon in post for 12 months performed 570 operations:

  • 9 periprosthetic hip fractures - revision or fixation as first surgeon;
  • 202 primary hip replacements, 175 first surgeon;
  • 91 hip arthroscopies, 68 as first surgeon;
  • 19 revision hip replacements, 14 as first surgeon”.

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Azal Jalgaonkar (Apr 14 - Jan 15);
  • Rasheed Afinowi (Sept 17 - Mar 18);
  • Hayat Khan (Aug 18 - Aug 19).

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing Fellows

1.Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x
Strongly agree |  x  x

2.Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |
More training than service |  x
Mostly training |  x  x

3.Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

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2
3
4
5  x  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

Harrogate Hip Fellowship

Based at: Harrogate District Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: Initially approved June 2013; reapproved January 2019 - March 2022

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Jon Conroy, Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, with Mr Ben Haughton, Consultant Lower Limb Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Competence in independent arthroplasty surgery & management of associated complications.
  • Assessment & Treatment rationale of young adult hip conditions.

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

See operation numbers

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

Approximately 40 THR

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Colin Holton (Sept 13 - Jul 14);
  • Ayman Sorial (Aug 15 - Aug 16);
  • James Gillespie (Aug 16 - Jul 17);
  • Ben Haughton (Aug 17 - Jul 18);
  • Rasheed Afinowi (Aug 18 - Jan 19).

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x  x
Strongly agree |  x

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |  x
More training than service |  x
Mostly training |  x

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4
5  x  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

Hip and Knee Surgery Fellowships

Ashford & St Peter’s Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, London

Based at: Ashford & St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: Initially approved February 2014; reapproved July 2018 - September 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Paul Trikha, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6-12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Be able to see patients in clinic and comprehensively manage the presenting conditions, including management plan explanations and counselling of patients.
  • Demonstrate to the supervising consultants that the fellow is able to perform and deal with possible complications of surgery (Arthroscopic Knee surgery: microfracture, meniscal repair, ACL reconstruction including graft harvest techniques, Hip Arthroscopy and FAI Debridement, Hip and Knee arthroplasty, revision hip and knee arthroplasty, foot and ankle surgery).
  • Fellows are encouraged to undertake an audit/research activity and present this at academic meetings, publish in relevant journals.
  • Fellow are encouraged to take part in teaching and training other junior staff members.

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

  • Achieve independent practice level surgical skills in soft tissue knee surgery and knee arthroscopy including ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair, microfracture and chondroplasty
  • Achieve independent level surgical skills in primary hip and knee replacement, including complex primary procedures.
  • Independent surgical skill level to carry out revision hip and knee arthroplasty.
  • Competent skills in outpatient clinics and managing trauma and elective inpatient care as part of a team.

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

A total of 250 operations in 6 months.

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Hazem Hassouna (Jan - Jul 15);
  • Evangelos Tsialogiannis (Sept 16 - Jul 17);
  • Chris Gee (Jan 18 - Oct 18);
  • Anshul Sobti (Oct 18 - Oct 19).

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |
Strongly agree | x x x x

2.  Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |
More training than service |  x x
Mostly training |  x  x

3.  Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4  x
5  x x x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x x
No |

Knee Surgery Fellowships

Basingstoke Knee Fellowship 

Based at: Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: Initially approved December 2015; reapproved June 2019 - August 2022

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Sam Yasen, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, with Mr Mike Risebury, Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Following this fellowship the fellow will be competent to perform a wide spectrum of elective knee surgery supervised and unsupervised when deemed competent, and will have developed his ability to manage a consultant practice including patient selection and multi-disciplinary team working.
  • The goal is that on completion the fellow would be ready to start consultant work as a fellowship trained knee surgeon within the National Health Service.

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

  • Knee Osteotomy Surgery;
  • Knee ligament reconstructive surgery;
  • Meniscal debridement / repair / reconstructive surgery / transplant;
  • Knee arthroplasty including revision;
  • Assessment and investigation of knee related conditions;
  • Running an acute knee injury clinic.

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

For 12 months:

  • 300 total cases;
  • 30 TKR;
  • 15 UKR;
  • 10-15 revision arthroplasties;
  • 70 osteotomy;
  • 70 ACL;
  • 30 multi-ligament cases. 

Supervisor: “The fellow will develop to independent operating and will undertake independent osteotomies and primary ACL surgeries as they progress through the Fellowship.” 

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Sam Yasen (Mar 16 - Aug 16);
  • Raghbir Singh Khakha (Oct 16 - Jul 17);
  • Raj Thakrar (Aug 18 - Feb 19).

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing fellows

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x
Strongly agree |  x  x

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |
More training than service |  x
Mostly training |  x  x

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4
5  x  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowships

South Tees Fellowship in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery

Based at: South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: Initially approved November 2012; reapproved December 2015; reapproved June 2019 - August 2022

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Prof Amar Rangan, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, with Mr Philip Holland, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • The postholder will gain proficiency in arthroscopic skills with shoulder reconstructions, shoulder & elbow primary and revision arthroplasty, complex trauma and post trauma reconstructions of the upper limb.
  • Opportunity to get involved in clinical research networks will stand the Fellow in good stead for his / her future consultant career. These skills and competencies are above and beyond what is currently required to obtain a CCT.

Stated clinical competencies:

  • Ability to clinically assess and take appropriate management decisions for common and complex disorders of the shoulder and elbow.
  • Achieve proficiency in common surgical procedures for shoulder and elbow disorders and trauma.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in peri-operative care, post-operative follow up and in principles of managing surgical complications.

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

A Post-CCT fellow who is confident with independent operating may expect to perform the following operations (unit volumes in brackets):

  • Primary and revision shoulder and elbow arthroplasty (typically 80 per year).
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder (typically 250 per year) e.g: instability repair, cuff repair, subacromial surgery and distal clavicular excision.
  • Rheumatoid disease procedures (typically 40 per year).
  • Complex tertiary shoulder and elbow trauma at the MTC (typically 50 per year).

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Matthew Lawson-Smith (Feb 13 - Aug 13);
  • Rishi Singhal (Oct 13 - Jan 14);
  • Richard Jeavons (Aug 13 - Aug 14);
  • Philip Holland (Aug 15 - Aug 16);
  • Ricardo Aveledo (Aug 16 - Aug 17);
  • Naghman Choudhry (Feb 18 - Jan 19);
  • Ahmed Nagi (Feb 2019 - Jan 2020).

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the four most recent completing fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x  x
Strongly agree |  x  x

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |  x
More training than service |  x  x  x
Mostly training |

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4  x
5  x  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x  x
No |

 

Spinal Surgery Fellowships

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship

Based at: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: Initially approved February 2013; reapproved January 2018 - March 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Khalid Salem, Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, with Mr Daniel D'Aquino, Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months at the level of Senior Fellow

Stated learning outcomes:

To be able to independently:

  • Evaluate and formulate a management plan for degenerative spinal conditions in the outpatient setting and be competent in the surgical aspects of the management of such conditions.
  • Assess and manage a wide spectrum of traumatic spinal conditions in the emergency setting (including the initial resuscitation and spinal immobilisation when clinically indicated) and be competent in the surgical management of such conditions.
  • Have an evidence-based approach to the management of neoplastic spinal pathology (primary and metastatic) and to have a clear understanding of the role of surgery and an understanding of patient selection for surgery. Additionally, be competent in the surgical management of metastatic spinal column pathology.
  • Have a clear understanding of various types of spinal deformity (adult and paediatric) and a good command of the basic and some of the advanced techniques in the management of such conditions and be able to perform a well-planned surgical intervention under supervision where indicated.
  • Critically read and appraise the literature.

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

By the end of the fellowship, it is expected that the senior fellow has the competency to:

  • Be able to independently assess and formulate a management plan for patients presenting with common spinal conditions in the outpatient setting
  • Be able to independently assess patients presenting with complex spinal conditions in the outpatient setting these complex cases coherently to colleagues in an MDT setting.
  • Be able to independently perform standard emergency and elective surgical procedures for common spinal pathologies
  • Be able to perform complex emergency and elective surgical procedures under direct supervision

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

Supervisor: "Our senior fellows are expected to have been in at least 150 spinal operations per year (those are mostly deformity surgeries, tumour and trauma surgeries) and the number DOES NOT include spinal injections."

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):
  • Andrew Young (Aug 14 - Aug 15);
  • Arion Kapinas (Nov 13 - May 16);
  • Marcin Czyz (Oct 14 - Aug 16);
  • Dritan Pasku (Feb 15 - Feb 17);
  • Giuseppe Morassi (Feb 16 - Jan 17);
  • Muhammad Mansha (Aug 16 - Aug 17);
  • Sleiman Haddad (Feb 16 - Oct 17);
  • Malik Ahmed (Sept 16 - Jan 18);
  • Edward Bayley (Aug 17 - Aug 18);
  • Dan D'Aquino (Aug 17 - Feb 19);
  • Oded Hershkovich (Feb 18 - Feb 19);
  • Saurabh Kapoor (Feb 18 - Feb 19);
  • Ahmed Aly (Feb 18 - Jul 19);
  • Darko Stipić (Feb 19 - Feb 20).

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the five most recent completing fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree | x
Agree |  x  x
Strongly agree |  x  x  

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |  x
About equal |  x  x
More training than service |  x  x
Mostly training |

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3  x
4  x  x
5  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x  x  x
No |  x

Gallery of RCS Senior Clinical Fellows in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

The gallery below provides information about Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Fellows under the Scheme.

Kareem Abdullah

Harrogate Hip Fellowship, Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust, August 2019 to August 2020

Current post (September 2020): Senior Specialty Registrar in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust

"The fellowship was a fantastic opportunity to gain further experience in hip surgery, from complex primary hip replacement to revision and periprosthetic fractures. I had the opportunity to run independent theatre sessions for hip arthroplasty, which helped to increase experience and confidence and which definitely will help in a future consultant post. The fellowship also involved extensive training in management of young adult hip problems, from diagnosis to operative treatment, with exposure to many hip arthroscopy surgeries. The post enabled me to participate in clinical audits and starting clinical trial for a new acetabular cup. I also took part in establishing a hip MDT meeting to discuss patients with complex hip problems."

Ahmed Aly

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS), Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, February 2018 - August 2019

Current post (May 2020): Consultant Neurosurgeon, Neurosurgery Department, Aswan University Hospitals, Aswan, Egypt

"The Fellowship provided me with excellent exposure to different aspects of spinal surgery, which has prepared me to take on my practice independently. During my Fellowship I learned the value of MDT meetings. This Fellowship hasn’t only enriched my surgical skills, but more importantly decision-making. One of bright aspects of the Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery is conducting cadaveric courses. I had the chance to participate in research projects and attend a number of conferences. The experience of the Fellowship has provided me with knowledge, skills and confidence in dealing with spinal patients according to highest standards."

 

Ahmed Nagi

South Tees Fellowship in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, February 2019 - February 2020

Current post (May 2020): Upper Limb Senior Fellow at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

"I was privileged to accomplish this Royal College of Surgeons Fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery. It has given me a unique opportunity to achieve all round growth and fine tuning on all aspects of being a competent shoulder and elbow consultant. The supervising training surgeons have a wealth of experience in their fields and provided great surgical exposure and mentoring. I've been able to achieve proficiency in a wide range of surgical procedures including shoulder & elbow arthroscopy, complex primary and revision arthroplasty, in addition to advanced skills in upper limb trauma surgery at a major trauma centre level. There was nothing better than my feeling as a valued member of the team. The supportive atmosphere, daily discussion of complex cases and regional multidisciplinary meetings provided a perfect environment to prepare for life as a consultant. I had the opportunity to get involved in clinical research networks, audits and national clinical trials that will definitely be an asset in my future career. Undoubtedly, the experience and skills learnt have paved the way for me to provide a high level of care for my patients."

Saurabh Kapoor

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS), Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, February 2018 - February 2019.

Current post (January 2020): Locum Consultant Spinal Surgeon, CSSS, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

"The centre for spinal surgery at the Queen’s Medical Centre gave me a unique opportunity to achieve all round growth on all aspects of being a competent spine surgeon. The training here was focused on acquiring surgical, academic and clinical skills that has helped me to be what I am today. I was especially exposed to deformity correction surgeries that helped me build a solid foundation to continue my practice in years to come. The multidisciplinary team meetings, support staff and experienced colleagues provided the best environment for me in order to develop the higher thinking and planning needed in these complex procedures. With this background I hope to contribute significantly to managing complex patient load and teaching junior trainees."

Dritan Pasku

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS), Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, February 2015 - February 2017.

Current post (October 2019): Locum Consultant Spinal Surgeon, CSSS, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

"I was privileged to complete two years of Spinal Surgery Fellowship at the Queen´s Medical Centre, an international centre of excellence in spinal surgery. I was involved in a broad range of spinal operations, gaining substantive clinical and surgical experience in all fields of spinal pathologies, such as trauma, tumors, degenerative and deformity surgery. I feel honoured having as mentors very skilled spinal surgeons who are well known in international spinal community. The organisation model of the unit is unique. The daily morning meeting, the constructive atmosphere of the discussions and collective decision making, is a big asset, which I still enjoy as part of the Unit. The experience gained during the Fellowship helped me significantly to give the best care possible to our patients, to minimise complications, getting the procedures right first time. The Fellowship was a very positive turning point, from my professional and personal point of view. I highly recommend it to new aspirants from all over the world, to get the required confidence and to survive in the very competitive and challenging field of spinal surgery."

Oded Hershkovich

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS), Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, February 2017 - February 2019.

Current post (June 2019): Spine Consultant, CSSS, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

"I joined The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS) at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals, in February 2017 and completed a full 2 years' Fellowship in advanced spinal surgery under the mentorship of Mr Grevitt, Mr Boszczyk and Mr Tsegaye. I focused on complex spinal surgery procedures of pediatric deformity, adult deformity, complex cervical cases and oncology cases (both extra and intradural lesions). Following my Fellowship I have been appointed to a consultant position in the CSSS, working independently, where I am practising nowadays. My main interests are pediatric deformity, degenerative spine disease, adult spinal deformity correction, spinal tumors and spinal trauma management. My aim is to become a leading spine surgeon in Israel and continue my involvement in the international community of spine surgeons."

Rasheed Afinowi

Frimley Park Hip Fellowship, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, September 2017 - March 2018.

Current post (April 2019): Bone Infection and Oncology Arthroplasty Fellow, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham.

"The Frimley Hip Fellowship was a fantastic opportunity during my career progression. The trainers have a wealth of experience and are keen to share this, providing extensive clinical training as well as mentoring. The Fellowship offers fantastic exposure to primary and revision arthroplasty, regular periprosthetic fracture management and importantly, first hand access to a very busy young adult hip service. There is a big focus on making the transition from trainee to Consultant with the necessary support tailored to your needs. The experience and skills acquired will ensure I am able to provide the high quality of care that patients deserve."

Chris Gee

Ashford & St Peter's Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, January 2018 - October 2018.

Current post (January 2019): Clinical Fellow Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow; substantive Consultant post in NHS Lanarkshire commencing August 2019.

"The Fellowship at Ashford and St Peter's was a fantastic opportunity to develop my arthroplasty and soft tissue hip and knee skills. The supervisors have a wealth of experience in their fields and provide great surgical exposure and mentoring. The experience I gained has been essential in securing a substantive Consultant post. Not only do you learn surgical skills but also much of the maturity and decision-making skills required for beginning life as a Consultant. This will, no doubt, be of significant benefit for patients who will in turn benefit from going through the taught shared decision-making process. I would definitely recommend this Fellowship and would like to take this opportunity to thank my supervisors: Mr Paul Trikha, Mr Dean Michael, Mr David Elliott and Mr Rishi Chana."

Sleiman Haddad

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, February 2016 - October 2017.

 

Current post (October 2018): Spinal Surgery Consultant, Vall d'Hebron University Hospitals, Barcelona, Spain.

 

"I was privileged to have the opportunity to complete a Spinal Surgery Fellowship at the Queen´s Medical Centre, a renowned centre of excellence in spinal surgery. The primary focus of the Fellowship was to gain operative experience in advanced spinal surgery. The majority of work comprised complex pediatric and adult deformity as well as degenerative spine. During my Fellowship I was exposed to the whole range of spinal surgeries, including cervical surgery, cranio-cervical junctional pathology, anterior and posterior complex lumbar reconstructive work, emergency fracture care and tumour surgery. I was encouraged to work independently and was made to feel like a valued member of the team. The supportive atmosphere, daily discussion of complex patients and weekly multidisciplinary meetings was a perfect environment to prepare for life as a Consultant. Having had consistent exposure to spinal emergencies including trauma and tumour, and enriching discussions in morning rounds, I was prepared to make critical evidence-based decisions confidently. Finally, my two years at the QMC have equipped me to deal with cases of increasing complexity but kept me mindful as to the technical limitations of surgery. I'm now realising the value of my training as a newly independent surgeon and very grateful to my mentors at QMC."


Evangelos Tsialogiannis

Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, Ashford & St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust, Chertsey, Surrey, September 2016 - August 2017.

Current (January 2018) post: Military Orthopaedic Surgeon, 1st Orthopaedic Department, General Army Hospital, Athens, Greece.

"After completing my first fellowship in Toronto (Sunnybrook), I moved in Chertsey and started working at St Peter’s at the end of September 2016. The first case I undertook with the Fellowship Supervisor, Mr. Trikha, was a complex arthroscopic hardware removal of a knee. During my training post I was under three extremely skillful surgeons, Mr Elliot, Mr. Micheal and, of course, Mr. Trikha. The post was exactly what a fellow could ever want. My time was shared between theatres and clinics. The unit is very busy. I was exposed, quite soon, to a large number of difficult cases, including complex hip and knee reconstructions, hip arthroscopies, and, of course, multi-ligament reconstruction knee  injuries (very common among army personnel). I ran my own clinics, but always under supervision. When needed, my supervisors were by my side, explaining difficult cases, and giving the courage to move on. As for the nursing staff, there is only one word which characterises them: professionals. I left Chertsey full of good memories and with many friends. If given the chance I would have done that again in a heartbeat."

Sam Yasen

Basingstoke Knee Fellowship, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, March - September 2016.

Current (Jan 2018) post: Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

"The importance of a 'joint preservation' approach is being increasingly recognised in knee surgery. Significant advancements have been made in the last decade in this direction, and Basingstoke sits at the cutting edge of surgical philosophies, approaches, and appropriate patient-orientated research and follow up. There was a huge variety of cases to see, and importantly a significant amount of 'hands on' experience.  The Fellowship placed me in an ideal situation to manage patients presenting with complex knee issues and allowed me to take the next step in my surgical career and transition to a Consultant post at the same unit. I now co-run the Fellowship and ensure that fellows are given the same fantastic opportunities during their time here that I was provided." 

Ayman Sorial

Harrogate Hip Fellowship, Harrogate District Foundation Trust, August 2015 - August 2016.

"The Fellowship year was an exciting opportunity to polish my skills as a hip surgeon, with dedicated hip Fellow lists for elective joint arthroplasty. It was indeed a rare chance to acquire the knowledge and skills of hip arthroscopy. Further training involved revision arthroplasty surgery. The post involved research and the ongoing project was to participate in a multi-centre randomised double blind controlled study, the FAIT study for hip arthroscopy, for which I recruited patients as well as served as the blinded assessor for the patients. The post was for 12 months, which is in my opinion a solid foundation for early years as a newly appointed consultant arthroplasty surgeon."

 

 

Ricardo Aveledo

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowship, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, August 2016 - August 2017.

Current (November 2017) post: Surgical Fellow in Sports Medicine and Shoulder, St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

"This experience as a Shoulder and Elbow Fellow under the supervision of Prof Amar Rangan provides surgeons with a cutting-edge clinical and academic experience for their future career. At this designated Major Trauma Centre, with 1,024 beds, I was exposed to a broad range of shoulder and elbow pathology, both elective and trauma, arthroscopic and open procedures, and to a variety of complex cases. I have improved my skills in this field significantly and gained confidence in decision making and operating independently. This experience will greatly benefit the health care quality of my future patients."

 Azal Jalgaonkar

Azal JalgaonkarThe Frimley Park Hip Fellowship, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, April 2014 - February 2015.

Current (February 2017) post: Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey.                                

"My RCS approved Fellowship has been pivotal in changing my career and exceeded my expectations. Besides developing my skills in elective hip and knee surgery, this fellowship provided me with the knowledge and confidence to manage general orthopaedic patients as a consultant. I had three excellent trainers who were very supportive and guided me throughout my Fellowship. I consolidated my skills in planning, templating and performing primary and revision arthroplasty, hip arthroscopy and impingement surgery as well as arthroscopic knee surgery.

"Regular trauma lists provided me with the opportunity of managing periprosthetic fractures and other complex trauma. I organised and led regular weekly arthroplasty meetings to discuss complex cases. There were plenty of opportunities for research and training. I was supported in attending relevant courses and attending and presenting at conferences. I developed the hip arthroscopy database for my mentor and am currently working on ongoing projects."

Hazem Hassouna

The Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, Ashford & St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey, January - July 2015.
 
Current (November 2017) post: Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, St Richard's Hospital, Chichester.

"The Fellowship was an excellent focused lower limb and sports injury training post in a centre of excellence, to prepare one for independent practice.  This Fellowship gave me a solid foundation to practise independently as an orthopaedic surgeon, with subspeciality in lower limb arthroplasty and sports injury. It allowed me to achieve nationally accredited operating experience."

 

 

Richard Jeavons

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowship, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, August 2013 - August 2014.

Current (February 2017) post: Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust.

"This Fellowship provided me with the opportunity to manage patients with all manner of shoulder and elbow conditions. This included primary shoulder and elbow arthroscopy and arthroplasty, revision surgery, complex reconstruction and complex trauma. I was given the opportunity to develop my clinical and operative skills to a level more than sufficient to competently take up a consultant post. The experience and skills learnt have paved the way for me to provide a high level of care for my patients."

Andrew Young

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, August 2014 - August 2016.

Current (February 2017) post: Consultant Spinal Surgeon, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham.

"I undertook the Fellowship to build upon my spinal surgery training. The main benefit was exposure to the huge breadth and volume of spinal surgery undertaken at this world class centre. I have developed interests in degenerative spinal conditions and in particular the application of minimally invasive techniques where appropriate. I was able to gain experience from working with all the consultant spinal surgeons across a wide breadth of surgery. I am a keen teacher and taught on many courses to a wide range of delegates. My research interests focus on the biomechanical engineering aspects of surgery. The Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship allowed me to leave fully prepared for a consultant post in a tertiary referral spinal surgery department."

No longer approved Fellowship programmes

The Bradford Lower Limb Arthroplasty Fellowship programme did not wish to apply for reapproval after the end of its initial approval period: Hazem Hassouna (Feb 13 - Feb 14) was awarded the Fellowship Certificate for this programme.

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