BOA Instructional Course

The BOA’s Instructional Course has been established to improve the standard of teaching for those in trauma and orthopaedic (T&O) training and practice.  The course gives trainees the opportunity not only to gain a number of Case Based Discussions (CBDs) in a range of topics but also to network and attend lectures delivered by expert clinicians. 

This one day programme ran two parallel streams and provide curriculum driven clinical updates and critical condition assessment opportunities aimed at T&O trainees and SAS surgeons.

Stream One covers: Clinical Based Discussions (CBDs) on subject such as diabetic foot; necrotising fasciitis; spinal infection and metastatic spinal compression.

Stream Two covers:  Plenary sessions covers topics including Foot and ankle; shoulder and elbow; hand and wrist; hip and knee, spine and paediatrics.


Future Date

11th January 2020, Manchester


Course Director:

An established T&O surgical trainer and our educational advisor, Lisa Hadfield-Law, facilitates each course. Over the last 20 years, Lisa has trained over 10,000 T&O surgeons, from 65 countries within Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.


Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply principles of learning including feedback to improve teaching
  • Focus on relevant issues arising from the T&O curriculum
  • Identify personal learning needs
  • Use opportunities in practice for:
    • Assessment
    • Effective small group teaching
    • Lecturing
    • Simulation
    • Reflection
    • Plan how to handle difficult teaching situations
  • Optimise opportunistic teaching and learning:
    • In theatre
    • On a ward round
    • In outpatients and the emergency department



Participants are divided into group of 8-9 where we offer peer and educator led feedback. ISCP Workplace Based Assessments can be completed incorporating feedback from the faculty.


Lisa and the faculty has had excellent feedback from previous course participants who have made the following comments:

"The CBD sessions were excellent and involvement of all participants to contribute to the discussions was useful".

"Spinal teaching was excellent overview of a lot of topics".

"All very engaging and educational - great day and I learnt a lot".

"Diabetic foot - enthusiastic speakers, relevant material, not often covered elsewhere - good for exam".

"CBD sessions - as a junior trainee it’s useful to be mixed with senior trainees to get an idea of how to answer questions more appropriate for FRCS level".

"Excellent. I have attended this course for the last 4 years and as an overseas doctor (Australia) I found the small group interactions really useful in finding out how the specialist centres manage critical conditions which I am not really exposed to in my DGH". 

"All faculties are supportive and helpful".

"Overall excellent - thank you for your time".