The activities of this committee have been recently resurrected and so are currently being developed. We are responsible for updating the FESSH White Book and the FESSH Travelling Awards.

We will be offering a new award, the prestigious FESSH Training Fellowship in Hand Surgery. This is intended to facilitate advanced training in Hand Surgeryin a hand surgery centre, in a FESSH affiliated European country.

We are in the process of developing the FESSH Academy, which is intended to run for the first time early in 2019 (exact date to be confirmed) in Budapest. This instructional event is intended to run annually over a four-day period and cover the principles of management of all of the common problems in hand surgery, as well as basic science and practical sessions. The content will be delivered by well known speakers from around Europe and beyond. Places will be limited to around 50 participants.

We look forward to seeing you at the FESSH congress and we would be pleased to discuss any suggestions for future committee activities….

David Shewring was appointed as a Consultant Hand Surgeon in Cardiff in 1994. He is Chairman of the FESSH Training & Education Committee.
Currently President of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, he has previously served on various BSSH committees as well as Honorary Secretary, Chairman of the Training Interface Group for Hand Surgery and BSSH Delegate to FESSH & IFSSH. He led the successful bid to host the 2022 Joint IFSSH/IFSHT Congress in London, which will be its first time in the UK. He is also currently Chairman of the Committee of Management of the Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume). His clinical and research interests include fractures of the hand and the pathological anatomy of Dupuytren’s Disease.


Jonathan Hobby, FRCS MD, is a Consultant Hand Surgeon working at the Hampshire Hospitals in the UK. Mr Hobby is currently the Honorary Secretary of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, and was chairman of the society’s sixth series of instructional courses in Hand Surgery. His research interests include imaging in the wrist, outcome measures in hand surgery and psychological aspects of hand surgery.