The theme for the 2019 Annual Congress is ‘New Horizons’, with an exciting programme comprising of specialist topics including; trauma, spines, The National Joint Registry and many more.

Download the BOA Annual Congress Provisional Programme here.

We will also hold a series of focused educational sessions on the Friday to cater for the needs of all Medical Students to Consultants.

Friday Sessions

Medical Student Session

The British Orthopaedic Association’s (BOA) medical student day is aimed at undergraduates and junior doctors. During this session we will deliver insight into life as an orthopaedic surgeon, orthopaedic training pathways and practical workshops. We will also be providing delegates with accurate and up-to-date information on orthopaedic training and applications.


  • To gain an understanding regarding a range of new innovations in orthopaedic surgery
  • To understand the different types of consultant posts which are possible and the pros and cons of academic careers
  • To understand more about a range of orthopaedic techniques
Download the Medical Student Day programme here


Good Clinical Practice Training

This session will enable delegates to be up to date with all the latest information on the new regulations, particularly regarding Statutory Instruments and European Directives, requirements for informed consent, strategies for assuring adequate delegation and supervision of trial related activities, management of essential documents, and the importance of managing risk mitigation and the audit/inspection process. Focus will be made on studies in the relevant field of the audience rather than just traditionally sponsored CT-IMP studies and as such will include research with Medical Devices. The session uses a blend of trainer input and group discussion to ensure that delegates will be able to:

  • Examine key aspects of the Directive’s implementation on your clinical research activities
  • Challenge and predict how processes will need to alter in line with forthcoming regulatory and legislative changes
  • Describe the principles Good Clinical (Research) Practice
  • Gain insight into the critical pathways of studymanagement
  • Scope roles and responsibilities of the clinical trial process
  • Identify key documentation issues involved in the clinical trial process
  • Recognise organisational hurdles and plan contingencies for efficient delivery
  • Gain awareness of current UK regulations andapplicable European guidelines


Non-Technical Skills Training Course - Fully Booked

If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email

There is growing evidence that supports the need for non-technical skills training as well as the understanding and application of Human Factors in complex health care settings to improve work environments, surgical outcomes and patient safety.

Technical skills are, of themselves, inadequate to ensure optimal outcome following surgery. 

This interactive session aim is to enable delegates to understand the importance of non-technical skills which underpin good intra-operative performance and how these skills can be observed and rated using a validated assessment tool. It will address the non-technical skills that are the essential cognitive and interpersonal aspects of operative surgery.

These vital skills and understanding complement technical actions, optimise and enhance the performance of individual surgeons and through them, the surgical team. We will also be describing and discussing the relevance of Human Factors/ Ergonomics in surgery as well as examples of its application. 

The session will involve the use of video simulated scenarios, interactive lectures and small group discussions to achieve its aim.

Practicalities of Coding

Clinical Examination Course - Fully Booked

The BOA Clinical Examination Course was set up 6 years ago with the aim that trainees will attend on an annual basis whereby skills could be learnt at an early stage of training and repetition would result in perfecting a technique and consequently improvement in patient care and examination success.

It is taught by an experienced group of lecturers on clinical examination techniques. The format includes a morning of lectures covering all regions of the body. This is followed in the afternoon by a hands-on session where participants rotate in groups of similar skill level. In these tutorial groups there is a demonstration by an experienced consultant followed by practice in pairs of the techniques learnt.

The feedback in previous years of this format of learning has been exceptional.

Find out more about Continuing Professional Development (CPDs) and our Congress Terms and Conditions.