James Henderson Leading & multi-award-winning plastic and hand surgeon


Presidents Prize, British society for Surgery of the Hand 2020
HSJ Finalist
BSSH official artist
Bristol Post Healthcare Awards finalist 2017, 2018, 2019
Bristol Post 2016 Healthcare Awards winner
Hackett Medal – British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
alongside numerous other awards, prizes, grants and scholarships
RCGP national award 2019

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Leading & multi-award-winning plastic and hand surgeon
Over 100 publications/chapters and sits on national research committees
Winner Bristol Healthcare awards 2016, Finalist 2017, 2018 and 2019
Examiner for the National Hand Surgery MSc
Contributed to the National Guidelines on treatment for hand trauma and other hand conditions
National tutor for BAPRAS undergraduate curriculum
Faculty member for the AO International course in Hand Surgery & Chairman of the national AO faculty meeting 2020
Chairman of the Annual Bristol Hand Surgery Teaching Course
Faculty on several national courses in Hand surgery, Microsurgery and Plastic Surgery
Lead consultant for interface hand surgery fellowship, Bristol and Bath


• MA, University of Oxford 1996
• MB, BChir, University of Cambridge 1998
• MRCS(Ed), Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2002
• FHEA, Higher Education Academy 2006
• MD, University of Manchester 2006
• European Diploma of Hand Surgery, Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand 2013
• FRCS(Plast), Royal College of Surgeons of England 2010

Additional Training

• Higher training in Plastic Surgery, Cambridge 2006
• Cosmetic Surgery Interface Fellowship, JCHST 2011
• Hand Surgery Interface Fellowship, JCHST 2010
• Entered the Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Register in 2010

NHS Positions

Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, North Bristol NHS Trust (appointed 2012)
Lead Hand Surgeon, North Bristol NHS Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol

Clinical Interests

Hand surgery, Dupuytren’s disease, collagenase, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, nerve compression, trauma, sports injuries, industrial injuries, trigger finger, trigger thumb, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, tendon surgery, ganglion treatment, plastic surgery, skin cancer, cysts, moles, warts, lipomas, ear surgery, major injuries and complex reconstructions.


I am a full member of BAPRAS (The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons), and of the BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand). I have sat on the the research committees of each, and regularly contribute to national meetings, chairing sessions and presenting clinical and research papers.