Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Cavendish Fellowship

Twelve months

Yearly start date(s):


Supervising consultant(s):

Messrs Hamer/Kerry/Buckley/Gordon/Harrison/Salih

Elective practice:

Primary THR, Revision THR, Non-arthroplasty, Mixed hip and knee arthroplasty

Appointment process

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Fellowship website address:

Number of Elective Clinics per week:


Number of Elective List per week:


Research activity / expectations:

Participation in departmental projects/audits focussing on revision technique, infection etc

Trauma commitments:
Further details:

The Cavendish Fellowship was the brainchild of Mr Reg Elson, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, UK. With the rapid expansion in hip replacement, difficult complications began to occur requiring specialised care and expertise. The prevention and treatment of such of complications demanded specialised training in hip surgery. As there were few opportunities for surgeons in training to be exposed to specialised hip surgery, the Fellowship was set up to address this need

The Duke of Devonshire (Andrew Cavendish) graciously agreed to be the first Patron of the Cavendish Hip Foundation.

The first fellow was appointed in August 2000 to work with the internationally renowned Ian Stockley who was subsequently joined by Bob Kerry and Andy Hamer. The unit expanded significantly with the appointment of Simon Buckley, Prof Mark Wilkinson and Andrew Gordon. On Ian’s retirement Tim Harrison joined the unit, followed by Saif Salih in 2019.

There have been 31 Cavendish Fellows so far, all of whom have been appointed to Consultant Post specialising in complex primary and revision lower limb arthroplasty. The Cavendish Fellowship is aimed at senior orthopaedic trainees aspiring to a career in lower limb arthroplasty surgery. It is expected that fellows will be post FRCS(T+O) at the time of interview, which usually take place 18 months prior to the commencement of the Fellowships. The two posts are for 12 months duration and start in August each year.

The Lower Limb Arthroplasty Unit in Sheffield is renowned for the complexity of the cases that are referred and the fellows will be expected to be involved in the treatment of patients requiring:

• Single or two stage revision surgery for infection
• Revision arthroplasty for aseptic loosening
• Implantation of Megaprostheses for the treatment of bone loss
• Custom implants for primary and revision arthroplasty indications

The fellows are integral in the running of the unit and participate in the weekly multidisciplinary MDT, ward management of the complex patients, teaching of junior medical staff, research and audit.

Fellowship contact name:

Mr Andrew Hamer

Fellowship contact email: