helen hedley

MBChB ● FRCS (Tr & Orth) ● MSc Health Sci ● PGDipl Hand Surg

Helen Hedley studied at Birmingham Medical School 1995-2000 and after a year as a pre-registration house officer, joined the Birmingham Heart of England Basic Surgical Training scheme. Following that she obtained a place on the Warwick Trauma and Orthopaedic Specialist Training Scheme. She completed the British Hand Society Hand Diploma during her sub-specialty Fellowship year in Oxford in 2011-2012. Since starting as a Hand Consultant at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire in 2012 she has endeavoured to develop the hand department in order to ensure patients with hand injuries are seen and treated promptly. Helen has worked to expand the range of super-subspecialist elective hand treatments and surgeries available to patients. She has been a member of the BSSH Diploma Committee for four years and is due to be Diploma Director from 2020-2023. She has a keen interest in promoting hand surgery and teaching and educating the next generation of hand surgeons.

Medical Qualifications


  • Medicine (MBChB), University of Birmingham, 2000


  • PG Dipl (Hand Surgery), University of Manchester (BSSH), 2011

  • MSc (Health Sciences), University of Warwick, 2009

  • CCT (Tr & Orth surgery), Health Education England WM, 2012

  • FRCS Tr & Orth, Royal College of Surgeons, 2010

  • MRCS, Royal College of Surgeons, 2004

Medical Research & Education

Research interests

  • Hand trauma

Textbook publications

BOA/BSSH Blue Book on the Best Practice management of Distal Radius Fractures, May 2018; co-author

Journal publications

(maiden name: Whalley)
  1. Ferguson DO, Shanbhag V, Hedley H, Reichert I, Lipscombe S, Davis TR, Scaphoid fracture non-union: a systematic review of surgical treatment using bone graft, J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2016; 41(5): 492-500

  2. Metcalfe D, Aquilina A, Hedley H, Prophylactic antibiotics in open distal phalanx fractures: systematic review and meta-analysis, J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2016; 41(4): 423-430

  3. Lester L, Bevins B, Hughes H, RaiA , Whalley H, Arafa M, Shepherd D, Hukins D, Range of motion of the metacarpophalangeal joint in rheumatoid patients, with and without a flexible joint replacement prosthesis, compared with normal subjects, Clinical Biomechanics 2012; (27): 449–452.

  4. Whalley H, McNab I, Injuries of the Carpus –A review article. Orthopaedics and Trauma. 2011; 25(5):336-343.

  5. Hull P, Baraza N, Gohil M, Whalley H, Mauffrey C, Brewster M, Costa M, A short term functional outcome study of dorsally displaced distal radius fractures, treated with either K-wires or volar locking plates, J Trauma. 2011; 70(6):125-128.

Clinical Trials & Research Projects

  • Principle Investigator for the SWIFFT Trial

  • Member of Trial Management Group for DRAFFT2

Medical Education

  • BSSH UK Hand Diploma Committee member, 2016 - present day

  • BSSH UK Hand Diploma Committee chairperson, 2019-2021