About the Event


The British Society for Surgery of the Hand and the British Association of Hand Therapists are proud to host the joint congress of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand and International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy in London 2022. We are organising this with the IFSSH and the IFSHT in collaboration with the Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand.

We will include all of the current major topics in hand surgery in the scientific programme, as well as some new ones.

We will be running an instructional course through the meeting the topic for which will be "Tendon problems in the hand and wrist".
There will be interactive case-based debates on contentious issues, workshops and invited lectures from renowned international experts. This will be an unrivalled opportunity for exchange of ideas between hand surgeons, therapists, trainees and students, with sessions open to both surgeons and therapists. Please send in your abstracts so that we can share your experience.

About the City


London is one of the great cities of the world. Visitors can enjoy London's stunning historical architecture, world-renowned scientific and cultural museums (all of which are free to enter) and some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. London's "West End" is famous for its shopping, food and above all its theatre scene. Alongside Broadway in New York, West End theatre represents the highest quality theatre in the world. The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is home to The Royal Opera, as well as The Royal Ballet.

The congress venue is in the Docklands area of the city. ExCeL is an exhibitions and international convention centre in Custom House area of Canning Town, East London. It is located on a 100-acre site on the northern quay of the Royal Victoria Dock in London Docklands, between Canary Wharf and London City Airport. We have excellent conference facilities, a diverse range of accommodation and unrivalled international accessibility. London is also an ideal base from which to explore the rest of the UK and Europe.

We invite you to come and disseminate and assimilate knowledge, to share new ideas, meet new friends and old from all over the world and, above all, to celebrate our wonderful specialty that is Hand Surgery.

We look forward to welcoming you to London in 2022.

David Shewring
IFSSH Organising Committee
Jonathan Hobby
IFSSH Scientific Committee
Christy Fowler
IFSHT Organising Committee
Helen Buchanan and Fiona Sandford
IFSHT Scientific Committee










IFSSH/IFSHT 2022 Organizing Committee

David Shewring (Chair)
Dean Boyce
Rupert Eckersley
Christy Fowler
Sue Fullilove
Jonathan Hobby
Stephen Hodgson
Wee Leon Lam

IFSSH 2022 International Advisory Panel

Australia/NZ: Tony Berger
Asia/China: Gus McGrouther, Jin Bo Tang, Wen Dong Xu
India: Raja Sabapathy
North America: Amit Gupta, David Ring, Kevin Chung, Charles Goldfarb, James Chang
South America: Eduardo Zancolli
FESSH: Steven Hovius, Michel Boeckstyns, Erik Walbeehm, Max Haerle
Africa: Mike Solomons

IFSSH 2022 Scientific Committee

Jonathan Hobby (Chair)
Wee Lam (Deputy Chair)
Grainne Bourke
Dean Boyce
Matthew Brown
Helen Buchanan (IFSHT)
David Clarke (ICHS Chair)
Max Horwitz
Clare Langley
Zaf Naqui
Alex Nichols
Chye Yew Ng
Fiona Sandford (BAHT)
Brigitte van der Heijden (FESSH)

Instructional Course

David Shewring (Chair)
Grey Giddins (Editor)

IFSHT 2022 Scientific Committee

Helen Buchanan - South Africa (Chair)
Fiona Sandford - UK (Chair)
Lisa Newington - UK (abstract reviewer co chair)
Donna Kennedy - UK (abstract reviewer co chair)
Elske Bonhof - Netherlands
Sarah Bradley - UK
Shrikant Chinchalker - Canada
Tracey Fairplay - Italy
Janine Hareau - Uruguay
Caroline Jensen - USA
Ahmad Yazid Jus - Malaysia
Danit Langer - Israel
Cecilia Li - Hong Kong
Tsitsi Murove - Zimbabawe
Luke Robinson - Australia
Angela Toeman - New Zealand
Kirsty van Stormbroek - South Africa

IFSSH Officers

Marc Garcia-Elias - President
Daniel Nagle - President Elect
S. Raja Sabapathy - Secretary General
David Warwick - Historian
Jin Bo Tang - Member-At-Large Zsolt Szabo - Immediate Past President

IFSHT Executives

Nicola Goldsmith – England – President
Peggy Boineau – USA – President Elect
Maureen Hardy – USA – Secretary General
Susan de Klerk – South Africa – Information Officer
Stacey Doyon – USA – Treasurer
Anne Wajon – Australia – Immediate Past President

FESSH Executive Committee

Daniel B Herren - Secretary General
Alex Lluch - Treasurer
Frederik Verstreken - Relationship and Subspecialties Committee
Brigitte Van der Heijden - Congress Committee

23 May - 3 June 2022

UK Travelling Fellowship Scheme
for the London IFSSH/FESSH/IFSHT Congress

In 2022, the BSSH in collaboration with IFSSH, FESSH and IFSHT, will host the international IFSSH/FESSH/IFSHT Congress in London (6 to 10 June). In conjunction, the best of hand surgery practice in the United Kingdom will be showcased through the UK Travelling Fellowship Scheme for a number of international fellows in the two weeks preceding the conference.

What is a UK Travelling Fellow?

Hand surgeons from around the world (e.g. senior registrars, fellows and junior consultants or equivalent) may apply to complete a two-week observership at leading hand surgery units across the UK. The aim of the UK Travelling Fellowship Scheme is to promote excellence in hand surgery, support the development and delivery of high-quality care and to build global networks and collaboration.

I’m eligible. Why should I apply?

  • Two weeks at two or more UK hand surgery centres of excellence
  • Online teaching programme from hand surgery experts
  • Daily clinical observership timetable
  • Fellows’ buddy scheme with local senior hand surgeons in training
  • Welcome events in London for all visiting fellows
  • Access to the IFSSH/FESSH/IFSHT Congress in London
  • Unrivalled networking opportunities
  • Advice and assistance with travel, VISA and hospital logistics (Human Resources, Occupational Health clearance, etc).


  1. Surgeon with an interest in hand surgery.
  2. Specialist trainee (surgeon in training, including senior fellows) or Consultant hand surgeon (or equivalent) within three years of independent practice.

Please see the application form for further guidance, including reference requirements.


A small number of fellowship grants will be made available to those applicants most in need of financial assistance during their stay in the UK. This could range from discounted registration to partial or full sponsorship of travel and accommodation. Successful applicants will receive free IFSSH congress registration. Please see the application form for further information.

The BSSH and the UK Fellowship Scheme organising committee is grateful for the generous financial support provided by IFSSH, FESSH, BSSH, BFIRST and others.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 1 October 2021 (23:00 UK time)

SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO fellowship@ifssh2022.com


Successful applicants will be notified by 1st November 2021.

Don't Miss a Thing

Programme information

Preliminary Schedule

6 June
7 June
8 June
9 June
10 June
08:00-10:00 Concurrent Scientific Sessions Concurrent Scientific Sessions Concurrent Scientific Sessions Concurrent Scientific Sessions
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-12:30 Educational sessions Concurrent Scientific Sessions Concurrent Scientific Sessions Concurrent Scientific Sessions Concurrent Scientific Sessions
12:30-13.30 Lunch break Closing Ceremony
13:30-15:30 Educational sessions Concurrent Scientific Sessions Concurrent Scientific Sessions Concurrent Scientific Sessions
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-18:00 Opening Ceremony Concurrent Scientific Sessions Concurrent Scientific Sessions Concurrent Scientific Sessions
19:00 Welcome Drinks Congress Dinner & Party

Principal topics

  • Peripheral nerve
  • Plexus (adult and paediatric)
  • Congenital
  • Arthritis/ arthroplasty
  • Wrist
  • Arthroscopy
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Dupuytrens
  • Elbow and forearm
  • Tendon/tenidnopathy
  • Overseas / humanitarian
  • Infection
  • Basic sciences/research
  • Performing arts
  • Psychology
  • Hand surgery and therapy partnership
  • Wound healing/nutrition
  • Innovation and technology
  • Sports injuries
  • Spasticity and tetraplegia
  • Tumour
  • Service improvement/audit
  • Soft tissue cover
  • Paediatric trauma
  • Microsurgery
  • Imaging
  • Outcome
  • Hand surgery in a pandemic
  • Prevention
  • Burns
  • Epidemiology/big data
  • Scar/fibrosis
  • Return to work
  • Amputation/prosthesis
  • Pain

Abstract deadline has been extended!

Submit An Abstract

Submission pathway

3 October 2021 Abstract submission deadline
30 November 2021 Author notification of acceptance.
Accepted authors will be asked to further prepare a 3 min video abstract.
15 January 2022 Video abstract submission deadline
28 February 2022 Author notification for final acceptance

Abstract Instructions

  • Abstracts must be submitted in English
  • Only plain text is allowed: do not use tables, tabs, listings, any other formatting (bold, colours, etc).
  • Maximum word count of the abstract is 500 words
  • The abstract needs to be structured as follows:
    • Objective: this section should contain 1-2 sentences that clearly indicate the scientific question of the study and its clinical (or other) importance.
    • Methods: this section should contain sufficient information to be able to understand the experimental design, the analytical techniques and the statistics used in the study.
    • Results: this section should contain objective data to answer the scientific question(s).
    • Conclusions: this section should provide only conclusions of the study directly supported by the results, along with implications for clinical practice, avoiding speculation and overgeneralisation.
  • For abstracts already submitted, authors will be able to log in and make edits until the new closing date.
  • Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts involving work that may currently be in progress but would definitely be completed by May or June 2022.
  • *Following acceptance, accepted authors will be asked to further prepare a 3 min video abstract. The 3 min video is not the final presentation, but provides an opportunity for the abstract panel to provide feedback and comments for improvements. Instructions for making the video(s) will be posted shortly.

How to submit

  1. Apply for password
    For submitting an abstract you must apply for a password by clicking the abstract submission button below and select "password request".
  2. Get password by e-mail
    Password is sent in e-mail. Should your password not arrive in 3 hours send a short note to the email below instead of making a double registration.
  3. Log-in to the system
    Login name and password are case sensitive. Do not use a password, which you use at other sites.
  4. Ask for assistance
    Should you need assistance send a message to abstract_at_ifssh2022.com.


Submit An Abstract

Planning for the programme began in January 2020 and is well underway. The scientific program subcommittee, with input from international advisors from different continents, have put together a comprehensive program that will include all of the current major topics in hand surgery in the scientific programme, as well as some new ones.

We hope this will be a truly international meeting and our choice of plenary sessions would reflect the common pathologies seen worldwide. For this reason, we have chosen "Tendon Disorders of the Hand and Wrist" as the theme of the instructional course that will run throughout the meeting.

In addition, we desire that this meeting would enhance the collaboration between surgeons and therapists. Several parts of the programme would be joint sessions, including the free paper sessions.

Programme format would include interactive case-based debates on contentious issues, workshops and invited lectures from renowned international experts. There are several free paper sessions where successful abstract submissions will be invited for oral or poster presentations.

Call for IFSHT workshops

Download Workshop proposal form

Deadline for workshop submission: 1 October 2021.

The Scientific Program Committee seeks workshop proposals that address topics that have current relevance to hand therapy globally. Preference will be given to workshops that represent a diversity of perspectives. Diversity can mean the approach presented, global composition of presenters, presenters at different stages of their careers, and inclusion of basic science, translational, and clinical perspectives. To ensure a well-balanced program, the Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to request changes of specific speakers and/or presentations.

    Please submit an outline of the proposed workshop (maximum of 500 words) which must include:
  • Title
  • Rationale / background (consider: Why is this is the right time for this workshop to be presented? What challenge or advancement to the field does this workshop address?)
  • Overall learner objectives
  • Short description of session (including instructional methods, structure of workshop and participant engagement activities)
  • Number of participants: minimum and maximum numbers
  • Duration of workshop: 60 minutes or 90 minutes
  • Presenter(s) biography(ies)
  • Presenter(s) contact information (email address, telephone number)
  • Send completed form to workshop_at_ifsht2022.com

Social programme

Opening Ceremony

Monday, 6 June – 16:00 – 18:00
ExCel Conference Center

Congress Dinner and Party

Thursday, 9 June – 19:00 – 01:00
Old Billingsgate

Registration opens in autumn 2021


Congress venue

ExCeL Conference Centre

The successful hosting of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games put London in the world's spotlight. London continues to reinvent itself through continued investment and the creation of new attractions, venues and facilities.

ExCeL Centre London, which was one of the venues for the London 2012 Olympic Games, is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world. It benefits from accessibility, stunning but functional architecture and state-of-the-art communication facilities. These attributes, as well as peerless educational display facilities make it the ideal venue. Its layout is perfectly suited for a mixture of academic sessions, plenary, breakout and parallel.

Crucially, the venue has ample space for exhibitors.

Where to find us


London's Eastside offers everything required to host a successful event.

Both international and domestic visitors are well served by the award winning London City Airport. Located five minutes to the East of ExCeL London, the airport operates 350 flights a day to 30 key destinations, including New York, Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid. The transformation of the area East of Tower Bridge has created an 'EVENTS DISTRICT' offering not only the facilities at ExCeL London but fantastic new hotels, excellent transport links and an impressive variety of social and entertainment venues.

Europe's largest urban shopping centre, Westfield Stratford City, is located 10 minutes from ExCeL London. The site has over 300 shops, as well as a 14-screen cinema and two hotels. Westfield Stratford City is adjacent to the 2012 Olympic Park & Stadium and is well connected via the Docklands Light Railway, London Underground and Stratford International Station, with Cross-rail services planned from 2018.

To the West of ExCeL London is Canary Wharf, the second largest financial district in Europe and home to the UK's tallest building. Over 100,000 people work there, with over 200 shops, bars and restaurants. To the South, is the World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich, home to historic sites including the National maritime museum and the Royal Observatory. Greenwich is also the location for one of Europe's leading entertainment destinations – the O2 Arena.



ExCeL London
One Western Gateway
Royal Victoria Dock
London E16 1XL



+44 (0)20 7069 5000


London is one of the world's busiest international business hubs and can be reached by more people, from more destinations, in less time than any other city in the world. It's known for its accessibility and wide range of low-cost rail and air links to global cities. Getting to ExCeL London couldn't be easier!

Getting there


There are a number of hotels located very close to the venue. For more information please visit hotels page.

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Food & drink

ExCeL London has over 40 onsite cafés, bars and restaurants, including numerous concessions within the venue itself. There are restaurants with table-service for more formal dining as well as grab and go option. Breakfast, lunch, dinner — we've got it covered. Opening hours will differ based on which events are in the venue.

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Visa information

Visa applications for London Congress 2022

If you are from a country outside the European Economic Area (https://www.gov.uk/eu-eea ) or Switzerland, you may require a visa in order to visit the United Kingdom for the purpose of the conference.
The type of visa required is a Standard Visitor visa. Eligibility can be checked and an application made at: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa/apply
The following outlines all you need to know and consider: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa
Some important highlights:

  • You have to apply through the process outline above, you do not require a visa assistance or application company. The government of the United Kingdom has partnered with centres in your country; you will be redirected there once you have made your application via: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa/apply
  • You cannot apply more than 3 months prior to your visit. Also, do not leave it for the last minute, as applications can take up to 3 weeks or longer.
  • The cheapest and most appropriate Standard Visitor visa is the 6 months Standard Visitor visa (at a cost of £95, accessed 26 May 2020). Long term Standard Visitor visa cost depends on its length: 2 years - £361, 5 years - £655 and 10 years - £822
  • You must always show that:
  • When you apply you'll need to provide a current passport or other valid travel identification.

You need a blank page in your passport for your visa. Your passport should be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK.

  • You'll also need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.
  • You'll be told how to provide your documents when you apply.
  • Read the full list of supporting document you can provide. (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visitor-visa-guide-to-supporting-document)
  • Other information you'll need
    • You'll need to provide the following:
      • the dates you're planning to travel to the UK
      • details of where you'll be staying during your visit
      • how much you think your trip will cost
      • your current home address and how long you've lived there
      • your parents' names and dates of birth
      • how much you earn in a year
    • You might also need:
      • details of your travel history for the past 10 years (as shown in your passport)
      • your employer's address and telephone number
      • your partner's name, date of birth, and passport number
      • the name and address of anyone paying for your trip
      • the name, address and passport number of any family members you have in the UK
      • details of any criminal, civil or immigration offences you have committed

Visa assistance

If you require assistance obtaining a visa, please email secretariat_at_bssh.ac.uk.

Please note: This will only be supplied after completion of registration and payment.

We will be pleased to send a formal letter of invitation to delegates requesting an invitation letter for visa purposes. It is understood that such an invitation is intended to help potential delegates to raise funds or to obtain a visa. This does not imply a commitment from the congress organisation to provide any financial support or to reimburse any expenses for medical treatment.

The delegate is obliged to provide insurance for any kind of medical treatment.

The letters will be sent by email. In case an express delivery is needed, the delegate shall order a courier at his/her expense. This application form must be correctly completed to be processed.

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