Musculoskeletal Casting and Splinting Courses
The British Casting Certificate (formerly known as the BOA/RCN (SOTN) AOT Casting Techniques Certificate) has been the only nationally recognised qualification in Casting since 1982 for both the Orthopaedic Technician and Nurses whose role includes Casting and Splinting. The certificate and training courses are recognised internationally and this is reflected by the continuing application to courses by students from abroad. As well as the original five-week block courses (now three and sometimes four per year) running at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, there are in addition regional day release courses in a variety of locations around the UK providing this vital education, a list can be found here.
The practical nature of the Course means that places are limited and necessarily more costly than would be the case for a mainly theoretical Course. As a prerequisite you must have a minimum of one year’s experience in casting application. Applications must be supported by a recommendation from a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, who is a Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association, and from your Line Manager. Nursing staff, casting room technicians and others who need to become expert in practical casting techniques are all equally welcome.
Prior to attending the Course, it is a requirement for candidates to study the theory as shown in the syllabus.
Guidance for casting practice in the current COVID-19 pandemic
The BOA Casting Committee has written guidelines to help with casting practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. These can be viewed here.