BOA Future Leaders Programme

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Applications for the 2024-25 Future Leaders Programme are now open.

The BOA’s vision for the Future Leaders Programme is to create an alumni of leaders with the capabilities to improve the delivery of clinical care and to influence positive change within the profession. The need for clinicians as leaders has become even more pressing in the face of a global economic downturn and pandemic crisis, because improving care within an environment of shrinking resources becomes a major challenge. The transition from an individual clinician to a healthcare leader is a significant step: one which requires a change in self-image, values, behaviours, knowledge and skills.

This 12-month programme will support 30-35 T&O surgeons with the passion to be future leaders within their specialty and equip them with the advanced leadership skills necessary to excel. We use the process of building a Quality Improvement Project, as a vehicle to develop these leadership skills. 

The BOA Future Leaders Programme (FLP) is:

  • A one year programme
  • Aimed at senior trainees (ST8 or above), newly appointed consultants, SAS surgeons and post-CCT surgeons.
  • The structure of the programme comprises four, 2-day face to face events over the 12-month period, supplemented by self-directed Action Learning Sets..
  • A significant innovation/improvement project delivered by each future leader for either their Trust or Specialist Society strategic change agenda.
  • Facilitated by Hiro Tanaka (BOA Honorary Secretary) and Lisa Hadfield-Law.
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Cost, Venue and Module Dates


The 2024-25 programme is £3,250 + VAT which includes all fees, learning materials and day delegate hospitality, but does not cover travel, evening meals or accommodation.

Module Venue: The programme will take place in the Midlands and conducted in person.

Module Dates:

21st & 22nd October 2024 - Module 1: Personal leadership

07th & 08th January 2025 (Provisional) - Module 2: Technical leadership

20th & 21st March 2025 (Provisional) - Module 3: Relational leadership

12th & 13th June 2025 (provisional) - Module 4: Contextual Leadership



Am I eligible?

When the programme runs, you must be either:

  • a senior trainee (ST8 or above)
  • a newly appointed consultant (less than 3 years)
  • an SAS surgeon (FRCS Tr & Orth)
  • a post-CCT surgeon

All participants must be BOA members to be eligible to take part in the programme. All participants must be BOA members by 1st September 2024 at the latest, to be eligible to take part in the programme. Non-orthopaedic participants through BSSH and UKSSB can join as a BOA member under the Affiliate category.

Any non-members are expected to apply to become a member and ensure there is sufficient time for this to be processed.