BOA Future Leaders Programme

In light of the coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak, the expected start date for the 2020 BOA Future Leaders Programme will be January 2021. Application dates are under review and further information will be available soon. Information regarding BOA activities and events is available here

The BOA’s vision for the Future Leaders Programme is to create an alumni of leaders with the skills and knowledge to improve the delivery of clinical care and to influence positive change within the profession.

This new 12-month programme will support 25 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 National Future Leaders Programme (FLP) is:

  • One year programme aimed at senior trainees (ST8 or above), newly appointed consultants and SAS surgeons.

  • Combination of master classes, tutorials and coaching sessions with experts.

  • Significant innovation/ improvement project delivered by each clinical leader for either their Trust or Specialist Society strategic change agenda.

  • Facilitated by Hiro Tanaka (Vice-Chair BOA Education and Careers Committee) and Lisa Hadfield-Law (BOA Education Advisor)


Methods of learning

Active learning:

  • Four two-day modules of face to face learning and networking

  • Masterclasses and tutorials with experts in their field

  • Action learning sets

  • Zoom Coaching

  • Evidence of Quality Improvement project achievements will be demonstrated through screencasts and presentation at Congress

Coaching: Leadership and improvement coaching.

Blended learning: Online leadership and management learning resources.

Applied learning: the legacy of this one-year development programme is a significant innovation and improvement piece of work delivered by each future leader to their Trust or Specialist Society strategic change agenda and improvement of T&O services.

Graduation: Presentation at the BOA Annual Congress

Value for Participants

  • Access to high level & big scope service improvement projects that:
    1. Have the capacity to create long-lasting service improvement / change or cost saving.
    2. Trainees can talk favourably about at interview: demonstrating their abilities to achieve and improve patient care.
    3. Have had some of the groundwork already laid or in partnership with a group of trusts or BOA /specialist societies.
  • Professional networks within and across specialities.
  • Advanced leadership skills which will be immediately useful in your current role and provide foundations for future leadership roles.


Cost, eligibility and how to apply


The 2020/2021 programme is £3,360 (including VAT) which includes all fees, learning materials and day delegate hospitality, but does not cover travel or accommodation.

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)

All participants must be BOA members 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. More information on joining can be found here.

Any non-members who are confirmed on the programme are expected to make a BOA membership application swiftly after their place is confirmed.

How do I apply?

Currently, there are three main application route to gain a place on the FLP:

  • Fellows are recruited by Trusts hosting Clinical Leaders Fellowships
  • Specialist Society Fellows
  • Individual applications to the BOA


Please note places on the FLP are limited and will be confirmed after a review of applications and possible interviews.