Hand surgery is a specialised sub-division within Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery. The hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and nerves are infinitely complex.

Mr Bhat is widely in refereed journals and has a research doctorate (MS) from Bombay University. He is a member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand. He lectures locally, nationally and internationally. He holds the European Diploma of Hand Surgery awarded by the European Hand Society.

In 2003-04, he worked at the Shoulder unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. In 2002-03, he worked as a Consultant in Upper limb and Hand surgery at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey. In 2001-02, he worked as a National Fellow in Hand Surgery at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. He is a fully qualified Orthopaedic Surgeon from India and the UK. His interest and training in Hand Surgery started in 1990 when he was an Orthopaedic Resident in Bombay. He is very highly trained in trauma management from Portsmouth, Nottingham, Belfast and Bombay, all large teaching units with a first class trauma service.

He has written several papers on Shoulder, wrist and Hand disorders including scaphoid and perilunate injuries, trapeziectomy, rheumatoid hand and frozen shoulder.

He is a member of Faculty on the Advanced Trauma Life Support course, Hand Surgery Course for the FRCS Orth in Nottingham, Basic Science and Hand Surgery course in Chertsey for several years. He also takes a keen interest in training junior doctors at the Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust.

As part of Continuing Medical Education, he regularly attends meetings and courses.

Mr Bhat is an active member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). He regularly examines senior trainees about to become consultants and existing consultants in hand surgery, at the prestigious Diploma in Hand Surgery examination.