About BOA

The British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) is the Surgical Specialty Association for Trauma and Orthopaedics in the UK.

We provide national leadership, a unifying focus, and charitable endeavour by:

  • Caring for Patients
  • Supporting Surgeons
  • Transforming Lives

As a charity we care for patients by raising funds for and promoting research into musculoskeletal disorders. We also operate a benevolent fund to support our members in time of need.

As a membership organisation we care for patients and support surgeons by focusing on excellence in:

  • Professional Practice
  • Training and Education
  • Research

The British Orthopaedic Association was founded in 1918 with twelve founding members. We now have over 4,700 members worldwide, the majority based in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is a pivotal organisation within the British surgical scene, representing some 40% of the total surgical workforce.

Membership is made up of Consultants (active or retired), Staff and Associate specialist grades (SAS) and trainees. There are almost 300 overseas members.

The British Orthopaedic Association is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

What we do

Our vision is a vibrant, sustainable, representative orthopaedic community delivering high quality, effective care to fully informed patients. We seek to achieve this by ensuring that the Government’s Health Care reforms take full account of the need for properly resourced and accessible musculoskeletal services. This is important given the UK’s demographics and the fact that musculoskeletal disorders account for annual expenditure of some £5Bn: trauma and orthopaedic practitioners really can transform our patients’ lives.

Our purpose

We can only deliver on the vision by providing clear national leadership for the trauma and orthopaedic surgical community. That means engaging our patients, offering real value to our members and Specialist Societies, making our charitable work count – especially in the field of research. It also means that we must ensure our voice is heard at the most influential levels in Government, Whitehall, the NHS, and industry. That entails focused advocacy and the clearest possible communication of our core messages. It also entails close working with our partners in the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA).

Our mission and strategy

Our mission, therefore, is to advance for the public benefit the practice, art and science of orthopaedic surgery. To do this we have designed a strategy focused on our core objectives of excellence in professional practice, training and education, and research.

For each core objective we are currently developing a five year plan that sets out short, medium and long term deliverables. We review progress in each area periodically throughout the year, culminating with an annual report to Council. Because of the pace of change across the health care system we keep that report light on words and long on substance in the form of a presentation: effectively it becomes a decision support tool to inform future priorities across our three core objectives.