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Surgeons from the UK and around the world who are undertaking training at Wrightington are at the end of or beyond their formal training programme - they represent the very best of surgeons in training.

The Upper Limb Unit has four Fellows and two SpR's- usually of year 5/6 level.

The posts are suitable for surgeons with special interests in Hand, Elbow and Shoulder Surgery.

Our upper limb service covers all aspects of Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder Surgery. It does however include arthroscopy, arthritis, post traumatic reconstruction, tendon and nerve surgery and the management of Dupuytren's disease, as well as primary and complex trauma. We now have developed a large sports medicine practice and receive patients from many Professional teams and National Sporting Organisations. There is a busy Rheumatology Unit on site with 3 Rheumatologists providing many interesting and complex referrals.

Each of our surgeons has special and complementary interests. Fellows have the opportunity of designing their Fellowship to suit their individual needs and interests.

There is ample opportunity for basic science and clinical research, with the support of our research team, as well as the Trust's very active and dynamic R&D Department. Research and teaching are regarded as an integral part of the job.

Key Features of this fellowship

  • Large volume operating
  • Research systems and support staff in place
  • Teaching opportunities on local courses
  • International reputation of the unit with good world wide connections
  • Department of Health approved Cadevaric Workshop
  • High success rate at future consultant appointments having left the fellowship.

To Apply for a Fellowship Click Here


Upper Limb Fellows Teaching Sessions

If you are a previous or current Fellow of WULU, please join the 'Wrightington Upper Limb Unit Alumni' Group on LinkedIn


Clinical Visits and Other Educational Opportunities

We get many enquiries about educational and training opportunities in the Wrightington Upper Limb Unit. There are a number of options open to interested surgeons and therapists. These include:

1. Fellowship:

These are formal paid Fellowship training posts, open to surgical trainees in their final years of training or newly qualified surgeons with an interest in the upper limb. These are for 6-12 months and very competitive. A GMC registration or equivalent is essential and at least four years of postgraduate orthopaedic training.

For more details and to apply click here.

2. MChOrth position:

For surgeons only, with surgical experience and interested in further training in Orthopaedics, with a higher degree.
You can register for the MChOrth degree through Professor Murali and work at as a registrar. This is for 3 years.

Details are online here

3. MSc Orthopaedics & Trauma:

For surgeons or therapists with an interest in pursuing a higher degree in Orthopaedics. It is a full time or part time taught MSc in association with the University of Salford. There is no clinical attachment with this. 

More details online here.

4. Upper Limb Orthopaedics (PGCert):

For surgeons or therapists with an interest in pursuing a higher degree in Upper Limb Orthopaedics. It is a part time degree in association with the University of Salford. You need to be in employment and working in a clinical setting, as this is a work-based programme. 

More details here.

5. Clinical Attachment:

Short clinical visits are available to surgeons and therapists. These are very popular and we limit the number of clinical visitors. You will need to register with the hospital medical personnel department. You will not be able to perform or assist with any surgery or directly partake in clinical activities, but would be welcome to join the weekly educational activities in the Unit. Visits can be arranged directly by contacting us or via an Orthopaedic Product Company (Smith & Nephew, Arthrex, DePuy, Tornier, Corin).