The British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) is the Surgical Specialty Association for Trauma and Orthopaedics in the UK.  With over 5,000 members in over 160 countries around the world, we provide national leadership, a unifying focus, and charitable endeavour by supporting surgeons in caring for patients.

As a membership organisation we care for patients and support surgeons by focusing on excellence in Professional Practice, Training and Education, and Research.  We are affiliated with 22 Specialist Societies. Each of these societies operates autonomously from the BOA but which are brought together in a symbiotic relationship by our Board of Specialist Societies (BSS) to advance our collective understanding of knowledge.

Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery is a highly cost effective form of treatment which aims to restore pain free mobility for patients. By restoring mobility, Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery can not only help people stay active for longer, but deliver major economic savings; enabling people to return to work, or live more independently.

Given the growing musculoskeletal disease burden, and the transformative impact surgery can have for the right patients, we believe surgeons, commissioners and colleagues across the NHS should work together to increase surgical capacity.


Overall governance of the BOA is exercised by a Council of 12 elected Trustees and 12 ex-officio members. 

Council devolves designated responsibilities to a number of Committees, Subcommittees or Working Parties which are currently in review as part of the BOA’s strategy refresh launching later in 2019.

Their chairs and members are appointed by Council on the recommendation of the Executive, normally following an open application process against job descriptions. The President, Vice President and Honorary Secretary are ex-officio members of all Committees.

All meetings of the Board and Council are chaired by the President.