• 1995 - 2000 Lecturer in arthroscopic shoulder stabilisation surgery, Nottingham and Liverpool Courses
  • 1995 - 2000 Lecturer in shoulder and elbow arthroplasty, Nottingham and Liverpool Courses
  • 1995 - 1997 Lecturer in arthroscopic and arthroplasty surgery, European Courses Nantes, Lille & Vienna
  • 1997 - 2001 Lecturer Royal College of Surgeons, London, in arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • 2001 Live Surgery demonstrations, British Elbow and Shoulder Society Congress
  • 2003 - 2008 Director and Head of Faculty Master Techniques in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • 2004 - 2009 Director and Head of Faculty Sheffield shoulder arthroplasty course
  • 2013 Live Surgery demonstrations by satellite link Reading Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Course
  • 2001 - 2015 Member of BESS Education committee
  • 2010 - 2013 Member of BESS Council
  • 2015 - 2018 Chairman of BESS Education committee
  • 2015 - 2018 Member of BESS Council

British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) Education Committee.

Founded in 2001, with Martin Holt as a Founding Member, this specialist committee is responsible for the organising and overseeing of Advanced and Super specialist instructional courses for Britains Consultants in Elbow and Shoulder surgery. It is also tasked with the revalidation courses in Elective and Trauma shoulder and elbow surgery for the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) together with the assessment of research papers for shoulder and elbow surgeons in the UK.


This innovative Website has been created and developed by Martin Holt with co-researchers as an Objective Practical Assessment Tool which is FREE to all UK and International trainees. This website is made available for all trainees in shoulder surgery worldwide and provides a means by which diagnostic operations by trainees can be objectively evaluated by trainers during their training in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery. Using the OPAT also enables trainees from all continents to be able to assess their operative standards with each other and in relation to their respective national training programs in arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

Author of Guide for Orthopaedic Surgeons and Therapists (GOST)

First printed in 1996 this guide used by shoulder and elbow surgeons and physiotherapists has been updated with improved editions over the years. It is a publication aimed at guiding shoulder and elbow surgeons and therapists in the principles of the main shoulder and elbow operations through to the post operative regime of physiotherapy while at the same time providing milestones to assess a patients progression after their operation.

Author of the Patient friendly GHOST

The success of the GOST has lead to a new Patient Friendly GHOST which is available on the internet. The handouts of each shoulder or elbow problem can be used individually helping patients to understand the management of their pathology and the treatment options including any necessary surgical procedures. By using the information from the Patient Friendly GHOST patients can work together with their surgeon and physiotherapist to optimise the results of their treatment.


Martin Holt has been teaching specialist and super specialist surgeons in shoulder and elbow surgery for many years. He has developed a number of arthroscopic surgical techniques over the last twenty years or more and teaches these together with his colleagues on a selection of courses. Martin Holt is aware of the importance of maintaining both vertical and horizontal teaching hence while being invited to lecture internationally to shoulder and elbow surgeons he continues to teach nationally and locally to GP’s, surgeons in training, Physiotherapists and other Allied Health Professionals.
Requests for lectures can be made via his Private and NHS secretaries.

Prizes and Awards

Effect of syringe size and volume on shoulder hydrodilatation for adhesive capsulitis
Basic Science Prize NWOTA 2014

Litigation relating to conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow
Specialty Update: Bone and Joint Journal 2014

An analysis of post-operative haemoglobin in patients with hip fractures
Winning poster 1st prize British Haematological Society 2014
Charnley 1st Prize 2014

Analysis of 281 PolyTrauma whole body CT's: are we scanning too much?
Edinburgh Trauma Meeting 1st Prize 2014

Thermal skin Injury. A complication of arthroscopic shavers
Upper limb research prize 2013

The kinematics and kinetics of slipknots for arthroscopic Bankart repair
International Congress Shoulder Elbow Surgery, 1st prize 1997
Sydney, Australia. Winning poster

Anatomical variants of the CoracoAcromial ligament
BESS Congress Lipmann Kessel 1st prize 1993

1000 fractured neck of femur fractures. Who gets the best results
Edna MacLean 1st prize 1992

since 1991
since 1996
Appointed Consultant 1997
Private Practice since 1997
Private Practice since 2008
since 1987