The HaPPeN research team has opportunities for doctors in training and allied healthcare professionals to pursue research fellowships in hand surgery, plastic surgery or peripheral nervc surgery. The team can provide training in Good Clinical Practice, Trial Methodology and Principle Investigator training. There is a 12 month funded fellowship that is suitable for a junior doctor at CT1-2 who wishes to pursue a career in surgery. Previous fellows have completed a formal MSc during this time through part-time working.
There are opportunities for student placements and visiting fellowships. Previous successful applicants have included an academic Foundation Trainee and a neurosciences MSCV candidate. The team is developing MSc access for therapists and will provide research projects for delivery as part of the MSc programme. The HaPPeN team is developing a Clinical PhD programme with a major European University Hospital which will open in late 2019.
Katie Young approached the team at the Birmingham Hand Centre in 2014, requesting an opportunity to develop a research trial in hand surgery. The timing was perfect as Mark Foster and Dominic Power were in the process of developing an enhanced research profile for the unit and building a team committed to clinical research in the reconstructive surgery specialities.
Katie brought considerable prior research experience to the team and helped to set up the research infrastructure for trial delivery. During her year with us the protocol for the SUBMIT trial was processed through the necessary internal and external regulatory approvals, a pump priming grant was raised and the trial was brought to the newly formed HaPPeN team's portfolio.
Katie was also instrumental in facilitating UHB joining the SWIFFT trial, a multi-centre randomised controlled trial evaluating clinical outcomes after scaphoid waist fractures.
Katie assisted in the development of hand therapy rehabilitation videos for patient information and subsequent evaluation as part of the EPIC study. She also produced an award winning video demonstrating the technique of nerve transfer reconstruction for a midcervical tetraplegic spinal cord injury. The video was selected for presentation at the ASSH meeting.
Katie completed her trauma MSc during her time in Birmingham as part of this programme she undertook the preliminary work for the ADaPT study, a clinical trial in poly trauma patients. She received two research grant awrds for this work.
Katie published the SUMBIT trial protocol during her time in Birmingham and additionally she had multiple podium and poster presentations of her research work at UK and international scientific congresses.
After completion of her 12 months research fellowship, Katie took up a plastic surgery training post in the London deanery.
Tom joined the team in 2015 to deliver the CaT-PINCH study as part of his AFT fellowship. Tom is a junior plastic surgeon who worked with us prior to commencing his specialist registrar training in the West Midlands.
CaT-PINCH was a collaboration with the SyMon Lab at the University of Birmingham and evaluated subtle changes in grip and the effect of perturbation in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Bafiq Nizar joined the HaPPeN team in 2015 and worked for 18 months, initially full-time and later in a job share with Eva O'Grady whilst undertaking some clinical work in Hand and Plastic Surgery at the Birmingham Hand Centre.
He had completed basic surgical training and a research position in Ireland prior to starting this post.
During his time with HaPPeN he undertook the Integrated Research Application for CoNNECT and contributed to the management of the SUBMIT study at UHB. He undertook preliminary audits for the RANGER and MATCH studies at HaPPeN, estimating potential recruitment rates.
He contributed to the recruitment monitoring for SUBMIT and work towards setting up SUBMIT as a multi-centre trial.
Eva O' Grady joined the team in August 2016 after completing her initial surgical training in Ireland.
During her time in Birmingham she worked on multiple projects at many different stages including SUBMIT (trial administration), CONNECT (trial launch and clinician education), PROTECT NEURO (local administration and assistance with recruitment), UNDER (preliminary research) and RANGER (regulatory approvals and documentation for UK arm).
Following completion of a 1-year fellowship Eva went on to a Plastic Surgery training post in the East of England.
Pieter Jordaan is a South African orthopaedic surgeon who spent 12 months in Birmingham before returning to a specialist Nerve and Hand Surgery private practice in George, South Africa in 2019. During his time in Birmingham his research included RANGER and WRAP study set-up.
Tomas Madura was appointed as a nerve fellow in Birmingham after he completed his academic and surgical training in plastic surgery in Manchester. We are fortunate that he has stayed don in the unit as a locum consultant in hand and nerve surgery.
Tahseen Chaudhry was appointed as a nerve fellow in Birmingham at the end of his West Midlands Deanery orthopaedics and trauma training programme. He has remained in the unit as a locum consultant in hand and peripheral nerve surgery.
Shakeel joined the team in Birmingham after completing a plastic surgery training programme in Northern Ireland and trauma fellowship in Birmingham. He worked with HaPPeN to develop research infrastructure in nerve surgery. He has been appointed as a consultant plastic surgeon oil Belfast where he maintains his interest in hand surgery, nerve surgery and limb reconstruction.
Mo joined the team as a junior nerve and hand fellow while applying for higher surgical training in plastic surgery. He was subsequently appointed to the West Midlands plastic surgery training programme and still maintains research links with the HaPPeN team.
Anuj joined the nerve team after completing an ATP Interface fellowship in hand surgery in Birmingham. He was subsequently appointed as a consultant hand and plastic surgeon in Manchester where he continues to maintain a major interest in peripheral nerve surgery.
The PNI Fellowship is for senior trainees with a major interest in the management of nerve injuries and paralysis. Posts are typically for 12 months and include clinical training in nerve surgery as well as opportunities for peripheral nerve research participation.
Joseph completed an MSc developing an combined algorithm using nerve and tendon transfers for upper limb reconstruction after tetraplegic spinal cord injury
Isabel completed a BSc Anatomy project in 2017-18 evaluating the 10-year Birmingham epidemiological data for infraclavicular brachial plexus injuries and developed a novel nerve transfer to restore hand function after medial cord injury
Daniel completed a BSc Anatomy in 2017-18 defining patterns of injury to the infraclavicular plexus and developed a novel staged nerve transfer for finger flexion, thumb flexion and intrinsic function in high grade medial cord injury
Richard completed a BSc Anatomy project in 2018-19 evaluating the feasibility of soleus nerve transfer to restore paralysis below the knee.
Lewis completed a BSc Anatomy in 2018-19 reviewing the outcomes of 7 years of Oberlin nerve transfers and variations and sub-analyses for differing pathologies contributing to paralysis
Devanshi undertook a BSc Anatomy project in 2018-19 evaluating the posterior approach for supra scapular nerve exposure, With nerve transfer and the clinical outcomes from triceps to axillary nerve transfer using the medial triceps as donor