Our Fellowship

The Bristol limb reconstruction fellowship is an internationally renowned training post for higher surgical trainees who have passed the FRCS(Tr&Orth) exam or equivalent international qualification. The post has full educational approval from the Severn Deanery and with prospective application from the JCHST may be counted towards the completion of higher surgical training In the UK. In order to gain most from this appointment individuals are expected to complete a 12-month attachment. The fellowship is sponsored by Smith & Nephew.

The post in its present format has been in existence since 2002, providing extensive training and experience in both adult and paediatric limb reconstruction under the tutorage of the 5 consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons who work in the limb reconstruction unit. Complimentary training in adult elective foot and ankle surgery, complex trauma management and general paediatric orthopaedic surgery can also be accommodated. Well-established links to the Universities of Bristol and Bath orthopaedic and engineering departments exist, allowing research interests and ideas to be developed and pursued.

Each appointed fellow is expected to construct an individually tailored weekly schedule from the 9 regular operating sessions and 3 clinics appropriate to the post. A joint orthoplastics clinic is also held at Frenchay Hospital once a month. Involvement in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level is encouraged. The post holder is expected to partake in the day-to-day management of the unit, including the assessment planning and scheduling of regional complex trauma tertiary referrals.

A wide variety of surgical skills and techniques are employed in the department in trauma and non-trauma applications using modern techniques of plate fixation, IM nailing and circular fixation. The unit has particular expertise in the application and use of the Taylor Spatial Frame in deformity and trauma management, both as a definitive mode of stabilisation but also as a powerful tool to aid and permit accurate multiplanar deformity correction with internal fixation.

Past Fellows & Current Practice

2002-2003   James Livingstone, Bristol Royal Infirmary

2003-2004   Parvin Bansall, Sunderland Royal Hospital

2004-2005   Angus Maclean, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

2005-2006   Iain Bissell, Hereford County Hospital

2006-2007   Iain Macfadyen, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals

2007-2008   Alan Macleod, Royal Berkshire Hospital

2008-2009   Steve Mitchell, Bristol Royal Infirmary

2009-2010   Steve Nicol, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals

2010             Rod Hammett, Musgrove Park Hospital

2010-2011   Andy McBride, New Zealand