BESS Fellowships

BESS is fully committed to education and, as part of this offers several fellowships to assist members in developing their knowledge and skills. The awards are made at the annual meeting and are given on the basis of an interview by members of the Education Committee and Past Presidents of BESS. In total we try to award at least five fellowships awarded each year:

  • AHP fellowship (split grant depending on applicants and scale of projects)
  • Elbow fellowship (Mayo) x1
  • Travelling fellowship x2
RCS Approved UK Fellowships

The Royal College of Surgeons National Fellowship Scheme acknowledges those subspecialty fellowship programmes that have undergone a rigorous approval progress to ensure they meet minimum standards and criteria felt necessary to ensure well-structured training opportunities, tailored to the needs of trainees who are transitioning from trainee to consultant practice. Further details of the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme – including how to apply for fellowship programme approval – can be found below.

Please note: Accreditation fee (three years approval): £ 1,800. If the fellowship programme has more than one Fellow there will be an additional fee of £750 per fellow (£250 per annum).

You can also apply for a directory listing on the BESS website for your fellowship using the form under UK Fellowships.

UK Fellowships

There are a number of subspecialty fellowships provided by individual units across the UK. These are not formally assessed or affiliated with BESS or the RCS England.

If you offer a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery and wish to have your fellowship listed in our directory, please complete the form below.

Fellowship directory application form available here

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Directory of UK Fellowships


Derby Shoulder Unit, Royal Derby Hospital

Supervising Consultant(s)Mr D Clark, Mr M Espag, Mr A Tambe, Mr T Cresswell
Fellowship programme accreditationsNot applicable
Elective practice: ArthroplastyShoulder/Elbow
Elective practice: ArthroscopyShoulder/Elbow
Trauma practice:Trauma Unit
Trauma theatre commitments:General Trauma
Sub Specialty Shoulder & Elbow
On call commitments:None
Fellowship duration:12 months
Start month:October/April
Career grade of applicants:Post FRCS
Number of elective clinics per week:1-2
Number of elective operative sessions per week (session= 1/2 day):
Research activity and expectation:

High volume unit. Up to 3 upper limb fellow posts. 6- 12 month fellowship.

It may be possible to be funded for the BOA Future Leaders Programme as part of the year posts.

There is opportunity to be involved in ongoing research using the existing research upper limb database for both trauma and elective UL cases back to 2011.

There is opportunity for parallel independent lists, supervision of BMedsci clinical projects and medical school teaching.

Those fellows working for Clark/ Cresswell would work in the Pulvertaft Hand centre.

All posts include a regular upper limb trauma list , upper limb fracture clinic, shoulder and elbow arthroplasty, and day case shoulder arthroscopy work
Appointment process (CV, interview etc):Via NHS application on TRAC and interview
Further details:
Contact via consultant secretary or medical staffing

Mr D Clark-Julia: dhft.ClarkSec@nhs.net
Mr T Cresswell: romy.wagner@nhs.net
Mr A Tambe: rebekah.mansey@nhs.net
Mr M Espag: angela.renshaw1@nhs.net

Med staffing- Claire Connolly: claire.connolly1@nhs.net

International Fellowships

Third parties (such as the British Orthopaedic Association, SECEC-ESSSE) also run a number of fellowships abroad, details of which can be found on the relevant area of their respective websites.

Things to Consider

When considering a fellowship, prospective fellows are advised to review the experience of current and previous fellows and potentially make contact with the current fellow to determine if the fellowship is likely to meet their specific fellowship ambitions. They may also wish to consider arranging to visit the unit in question prior to the anticipated application window.


  • Advertised nationally; appointed via formal application with competitive interview
  • Named educational supervisor(s)
  • Provision of:
    • Two outpatient clinics per week
    • Three theatre sessions per week
    • Protected weekly research time
    • Personal Professional Development – study leave allowance (and budget); career development mentor