The Copeland fellowship was set up in memory of our much loved colleague and founding member of BESS, Mr Steve Copeland.

The inaugural visit took place in October 2016 to South Africa. The President at the time, Mr Michael Thomas took with him Mr Chris Peach (surgical member) and Miss Val Jones (AHP representative). Mr Peach's report can be viewed here.

At our meeting in Glasgow in June 2018, BESS President, Peter Brownson was pleased to announce that Vijay Bhalaik, Mark Falworth and Cormac Kelly would be the three Surgeon members joining him on the second Copeland Fellowship to India in Spring 2019. The successful AHP member will be Marcus Bateman. The group will act as ambassadors of BESS, taking an active part in both meetings in terms of giving presentations and participating in workshops. Individuals might also be asked to prepare a review article for publication based on their area of specialist interest.

The trip will focus on two centres, one in New Delhi and one in Pune. In Delhi, the fellows will be take part in a combined meeting with the International Society for Knowledge for Surgeons on Arthroscopy and Arthroplasty (ISKSAA). The theme of this meeting will be sports injuries and trauma of the shoulder and elbow. In Pune, the fellows will take part in a meeting organised by the Shoulder and Elbow Society of India (SESI). The theme will be arthroplasty of the shoulder and elbow.

BESS has agreed to fund each successful applicant with an award of £4000 towards costs. ISKSAA and SESI have kindly agreed to cover all costs relating to meeting registration and accommodation relevant to the courses listed.

Download the provisional programme for the fellowship


From left to right: BESS President, Peter Brownson, Mark Falworth, Cormac Kelly, Jenny Copeland, Vijay Bhalaik, Marcus Bateman