BOA Ortho Update Course

Registration is now open for the next BOA Ortho Update Course. For orthopaedic trainees at all levels and SAS surgeons, this updated course will give you the opportunity to access new understanding and support your preparation for the FRCS exam. 

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Next Event

Event Date and location:

6th January 2024, 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Etc, Venues  11 Portland St, Manchester M1 3HU

New Course Format

The 2024 course will focus on 'Exams and Examination'.  It is a course of two halves. We are continuing with the popular critical condition CBDs. Along with talks from examiners, e.g. 'How the viva / clinical works', 'Taming the examiner' and much more.

Real FRCS examiners will talk about how the exam is conducted and scored, along with some top tips for preparing and passing.  You will hear about some trainee experiences of the exam, along with a chance to quiz the examiner!

Finally, the popular critical condition CBDs will return, which this year will cover diabetic foot and the 'foot attack', cauda equina syndrome, and the painful paediatric hip and spine.  There will also be a return of the brilliant quick-fire trauma meeting called 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' which will look at basic science of trauma, biomechanics and complications.


Ortho Update 2024 Programme


Learning Log & Screencasts

Registered delegates are able to access suggested reading material via the course Padlet here.

Course Fee

A discounted course fee of £200 is available only for BOA members.
(£300 for non-BOA members)

Booking Now Open!


Faculty List


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Mike Anderton

Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Mr Mike Anderton studied medicine at The University of Manchester Medical School (2001-2006). Following this, he completed the North West Deanery Trauma and Orthopaedic registrar program in 2017. Further specialist training was then obtained in Munich and Adelaide, before taking a spinal surgery consultant position at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (November 2018). His practice involves both adult and paediatric spinal surgery.

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Vijay Bhalaik

Mr Bhalaik is a Consultant Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon on Merseyside. He runs a busy hand and upper limb service in his hospital, treating all aspects of traumatic and complex upper limb injuries.   He has a wide range of research interests, which include regional anaesthesia, fracture fixation and the assessment of acutely injured hand and upper limb injuries.

Mr Bhalaik is a keen teacher and educator. He was awarded “Trainer of the Year” in 2012 for his contribution to orthopaedic training.  He is a member of the faculty for AO Courses, tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons.  He was the Associate Head of School of Surgery, NHS England and Training Programme Director for Orthopaedics for Health Education England North West. He is an examiner for the Intercollegiate Board and is a member of the BSSH Education Committee and was a member of the BSSH Instructional Course Committee.  He is currently on BESS Council as Treasurer.

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Joseph Alsousou

Pelvis, Acetabulum and Complex Arthroplasty Consultant, Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Joseph is a Pelvis, Acetabulum and complex arthroplasty consultant surgeon and an honorary clinical lecturer. He was fellowship trained in both Oxford and Cambridge. His clinical focus is on Pelvis trauma surgery, periprosthetic and complex hip arthroplasty. He has NIHR award for PATH-2 multi centre RCT and he sits on the trial steering committee for several trials. His research interest crosses the translational sphere from bench to bedside. The academic work has attracted several prizes and awards including: EFORT, BOA, BOFAS, BASEM, ARUK and Emirates Orthopaedic society awards. He is the Manchester Pelvic Trauma course co-director 

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Deepa Bose

Elected Trustee

Ms Deepa Bose is a consultant in orthopaedic trauma and limb reconstruction at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Her practice is exclusively in adults, and includes general trauma, major trauma and post-traumatic limb reconstruction: osteomyelitis, malunion, non-union, limb lengthening and deformity correction.

Deepa is currently Vice Chair of the Specialist Advisory Committee for Trauma and Orthopaedics, and the lead for CESR approval process. She has also contributed to the revision of the curriculum. She holds an MSc in Medical Education and has been admitted to the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of RCS Edinburgh, as well as being a member of the Academy of Medical Educators. She is involved in national selections for core and orthopaedic surgery, and sits on ARCP panels for both. She was regional training programme director for core surgery in West Midlands from 2015 – 2019.

Deepa is the Chairman of World Orthopaedic Concern UK, a specialist society of the British Orthopaedic Association, and a charity which focuses on teaching orthopaedics in low resource countries. She is co-director of the postgraduate orthopaedic training programme in Guyana. Deepa also visits Gaza as part of the UK limb reconstruction team of the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians.

She has been on the Emergency Response Team of UK Med, a first response team for international disaster relief, since 2012.

Deepa decided to run for the BOA Council because she is passionate about safeguarding the future generation of orthopaedic surgeons. She hopes to achieve this by promoting the highest standard of education and training, both in the UK and in low and middle income countries.

Zak Choudhury

Consultant Paediatric and Adult Spine Surgeon, James Cook University Hospital

Zak is a Consultant Paediatric and Adult Spine Surgeon at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. He did his medical training at Oxford and Clinicals at the Royal Free & University College Medical School. He was inspired to follow a Spinal Career whilst an SHO at Leeds. Zak undertook his registrar rotation in Birmingham, followed by the National Spine Fellowship at Leeds and Paediatric Fellowships at Edinburgh and Great Ormond Street.

He was able to visit several Spinal centres around the world during my training thanks to Travelling Fellowships from the BSRF, BOA, RCS(Edinburgh) and BSS/BASS. Zak is forever grateful for those opportunities.

He enjoys passing on what he has learned over the years through teaching and am faculty for the RCS (Eng) Clinical Skills in Spinal Assessment and Management Course. Outside work Zak help with matchday trauma care for Wasps Rugby.

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Dave Cloke

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust

Dave Cloke is a consultant upper limb surgeon in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust since 2010. He qualified in Newcastle, and trained in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in the Northern Deanery before completing the Sheffield Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship. He completed the Bath Sports Medicine MSc. His main clinical interests are in Shoulder and Elbow trauma and arthroplasty.

Dave has recently been appointed to the ODEP panel for shoulder implants, and current interests include developing day case pathways for upper limb arthroplasty.

Dave has a keen interest in training. He was Northern T&O Trainer of the Year in 2014, former Associate TPD, is a BESS Education Committee member, and is an FRCS examiner. He is a member of AO faculty and teaches on the BOA Training Orthopaedic Trainers course. He is also a former member of the Army Reserve.

Dave’s current priority is maintenance of work/life balance with family, as his wife completes her training. As such he is very well aware of issues currently affecting trainees.

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Lucy Cooper

Based at Liverpool University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as a substantive consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics, specialising in foot and ankle pathology. Having graduated in medicine at the University of Bristol, I completed basic medical and surgical training in Bristol before undertaking specialist registrar training in London and the South East, gaining essential skills in the acute management of the diabetic foot whilst part of the multidisciplinary team at King’s College Hospital.

Before taking a consultant post, I completed higher fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery at RNOH Stanmore, South Wales and Liverpool.

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Ronnie Davies

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust        

Ronnie Davies qualified from the University of Cambridge medical school in 2006.  He completed his orthopaedic training in Manchester, before undertaking a shoulder & elbow surgery fellowship at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry.

He treats all problems affecting the shoulder and elbow, including major trauma.  He is interested in the use of technology to improve surgery, including surgical navigation and 3D printing.  He has a research interest in postoperative rehabilitation and is running a trial relating to rotator cuff surgery rehabilitation.

He has a major interest in improving the teaching and training junior doctors.  He is education lead for the North West T&O training programme.

Outside of medicine, he has a young family and enjoys playing squash and other racket sports, but only against people who let him win!

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Niall Eames

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

Niall Eames is an orthopaedic spine surgeon, being Clinical Director of Orthopaedics and Spinal surgery in Belfast. He is Education Lead for the UKSSB and sits on the BOAs Education Committee. Niall also sits on the British Scoliosis Society Executive and is a member of the BASS Education committee. He has been leading on the Spinal Training Interface Group on behalf of the combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic spinal societies over the last 3 years and is the first Chairman of the newly formed Spinal Training Interface Group Committee.

His practice covers all aspects of spinal surgery. He is an examiner for the JCIE in Trauma & Orthopaedics.

Ben Fischer

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Lisa Hadfield-Law

Education Advisor, British Orthopaedic Association

Having spent 20 years in clinical practice and 20 years in surgical education, Lisa has been immersed in both cultures and is, therefore, in a unique position to provide educational support.  She has managed an orthopaedic/trauma service of a teaching hospital, and has insight into the circumstances and challenges facing surgical teams.

  • Surgical educator since 1992
  • Trained over 15,000 surgeons in 68 countries of Europe, N America, Latin America & Asia
  • Previously 20 years of trauma nursing experience in the UK and abroad
  • Trained as a virtual teacher in 2016          

Current Position

  • Leads BOA & Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Future Leaders Programme
  • Consultant surgical educator UK and abroad
  • Education Advisor to the British Orthopaedic Association & AOUKI
  • Contributes to the T&O SAC and ISCP Management group
  • Faculty of Surgical Trainers Advisory Board
  • Current focus - virtual learning, SAS surgeons and leadership for trainees


Twitter: @lisahadfieldlaw

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Kartik Hariharan

Consultant Trauma and Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Ex-President BOFAS

Kartik Hariharan is an expert surgeon who works in private practice and with the NHS. He is a Consultant Trauma and Foot and Ankle Surgeon at the Royal Gwent Hospital and the clinical lead for Foot and Ankle Services for Gwent County. He is a Past President of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society having completed his term in November 2012.

Mr Hariharan is a fully practicing consultant in orthopaedic trauma and surgery, specializing in the foot and ankle, both with the NHS and in his private practice.

He was the Chairman of the Clinical Commissioning Guidance Group for the British Orthopaedic Association for Foot and Ankle Surgery (BOFAS) and is a Specialist Adviser for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence.

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Caroline Hing

Caroline is a professor of orthopaedics at St George’s Hospital in London. She trained on the Percival Pott rotation before fellowships in trauma and knee surgery in Australia. She has an academic interest in knee surgery and trauma, having completed a BSc, MSc and MD. She currently leads research in her department and has built up participation in trauma trials within the department. She has committee positions with the NIHR, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, British Orthopaedic Association and the British Association of Surgery of the Knee. She is a founding member of the International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance and has hosted webinars on diversity to increase support for change.

Caroline has previously helped to develop the BOA’s diversity strategy and ran for council hoping to continue to support the BOA in diversity initiatives, education and research. She is keen to support encouraging medical students to consider a career in trauma and orthopaedics by highlighting the varied career trajectories that are possible and the contribution that SAS doctors, AHPs and surgeons all make to patient care.

In her free time she likes to stay active by rock climbing, swimming, cycling, skiing, freediving and travelling. She is happiest outside in the sea or amongst the mountains, ideally somewhere hot and sunny.

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Mohamed Kenawey

Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon / Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship trained in trauma surgery (Trauma Department, Hannover Medical School, Germany) with excellent experience in all aspects of complex adult and paediatric trauma including complex pelvic and acetabular trauma, peri-articular fractures and spinal trauma.

Fellowship trained in paediatric orthopaedic surgery (The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), University of Toronto, Canada) with special interest in paediatric and adolescent hip preservation surgery, limb reconstruction, paediatric foot and ankle surgery, paediatric neuromuscular conditions, surgical management of metabolic bone diseases, skeletal dysplasias and complex paediatric trauma surgery.

My research interests are mainly in the field of lower extremity deformity correction and lengthening surgery and pelvic trauma surgery. I have published 36 scientific articles in peer reviewed orthopaedic journals, 10 book chapters and 4 surgical technique videos on the AAOS Orthopedic Video Theater website (

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Balakrishnan Ilango

Professor BSc (Chem), MBBS, MSc (Orth. Eng), FRCS, FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics)

Professor Balakrishnan Ilango is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, currently serving as an Examiner for FRCS Trauma & Orthopaedics. Throughout his career, Professor Balakrishnan Ilango has played an active role in various academic activities, focusing on teaching, training, and mentoring aspiring orthopaedic surgeons. With his vast experience in examination techniques, he has been involved in the examination process for more than a decade. His insights and expertise have helped to ensure the standards and competence of orthopaedic surgeons undergoing assessment, contributing to the overall quality of healthcare in the field. With a strong passion for his work and a commitment to advancing the field of orthopaedics, Professor Balakrishnan Ilango continues to make valuable contributions through his clinical practice, academic activities, and examination involvement.

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Bill Ryan

Bill Ryan is an Orthopaedic Surgeon based in Bolton for over 25 years. He trained in Manchester and has a passionate interest in Medical Education. He was TPD in Manchester between 2011 and 2016. He has previously been an SAC member in T&O. He has been an examiner, assessor and board member at the JCIE for over 15 years.

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David Sellu

David Sellu, an author, equality advocate and surgeon, qualified in Medicine from Manchester and held his first post as Consultant Surgeon in Oman. There he helped shape the curriculum of the new medical school and also worked in a new tertiary hospital.

On return to the UK in 1993, Mr Sellu was employed as an academic, as a Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the then Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith Hospital, later incorporated into Imperial College. Afterwards, he transferred to the NHS as a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Ealing Hospital. While at Ealing, he was granted practising privileges at the private Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow.

A patient died under his care at the Clementine in 2010, an event that was to change his life. He was unfairly convicted of the patient’s manslaughter and given a two-and-a-half year prison sentence; he served half of this in some of the toughest prisons in the country.

On his release his friends, led by Dr Jenny Vaughan, his family and he launched an appeal, which saw his conviction overturned in the Royal Courts of Justice. The conducts of the CPS, trial judge and the expert witnesses were criticised. In the course of this case, evidence was uncovered of racism and corporate greed, where the interest of the business prevailed over patient safety.

Mr Sellu has written an account of these events in a memoir entitled ‘Did He Save Lives? A Surgeon’s Story.’ He is keen for lessons to be learned from this unfortunate case and he is documenting these in a sequel to his memoir entitled ‘When Things Go Wrong in Healthcare, Can they do better?’ to be available soon.

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Malek Racy

Locum Consultant Hand & Wrist Surgeon, Salford Royal Infirmary

Higher Surgical Training- T&O South Yorkshire

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Hiro Tanaka

Elected Trustee

Hiro Tanaka is a Consultant Foot and Ankle surgeon at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in Wales. As a surgeon he has two passions, the first is a belief that if we improve the way we train future surgeons at all levels from medical students to fellows, we can guarantee the future of our profession as an inclusive and diverse speciality. By daring to innovate and testing new educational tools, we will nurture more resilient and capable surgeons. Hiro has applied this ethos to the educational strategy of BOFAS for over 10 years and as Chairman of the Education Committee for the BOA. He continues his work for BOFAS as Honorary Treasurer.

The second, is promoting clinical leadership and quality improvement across the NHS. Hiro was one of the first people to complete the Generation Q programme with the Health Foundation and he is the co-director of the BOA Future Leader’s Programme.

Hiro is current Editor of Journal of Trauma and Orthopaedics (JTO).

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Mayank Vashishtha

Mayank Vashishtha qualified from the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College in Indore, India and pursued his foundation training in the West of Scotland. He completed his Orthopaedic training in Yorkshire followed by the Pulvertaft Hand Fellowship in Derby and the FESSH Hand Diploma in Copenhagen. 

Mayank treats the breadth of hand & wrist conditions working across the specialities of orthopaedic and plastic surgery in Greater Manchester. He has an interest in education and training and works closely with the North West T&O Teaching Programme. 

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Mike Woodruff

Mike is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Surgeon at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He was born in Preston and is very proud of his Lancastrian roots. He graduated from Sheffield Medical School in 1994 and undertook his Higher Surgical Training in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery with the Yorkshire Deanery. Prior to his consultant appointment, Mike completed separate Hand and Wrist Fellowships at Queens Medical Centre Nottingham, Wrightington Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Mike is passionate about medical education and training. Since his Consultant appointment, he has held a number of different local, regional and national Training and Education-related roles including RCS Edinburgh Regional Surgical Adviser and HEENW Trauma and Orthopaedic STC Chair.

Mike has served on a number of Training Committees including HEENW Trauma and Orthopaedic STC, the BSSH Education and Training Committee and the RCS Edinburgh Younger Fellows Committee. He is currently the Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Training Programme Director for NHSE NW and Chair of the Cumbria and South Lancashire Surgical Hand Society. He is also currently an examiner for the MRCS part B, FRCS (Orth) and BSSH Hand Diploma Examinations.

He is a lifelong Liverpool FC fan and lover of cricket. He played junior county cricket up until University and is an ECB qualified cricket coach. Despite being told by his school music teacher that he is tone deaf, Mike began learning to play the classical guitar a few years ago; this remains a work in progress although my loyal dog seems to appreciate my very limited talent.

Jonny Yates

Jonny is a foot and ankle Consultant in the Royal Bolton Hospital having completed his surgical training all over the northwest. Completed the FRCS in November 2022 so the experience is still very fresh in my mind. He has since coached other trainees in the region preparing for their exam and also try to keep them sane throughout the process!  



Course Leads: 
  • Ronnie Davies, Consultant Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon
  • Lisa Hadfield-Law, BOA Education Advisor
  • Niall Eames, Education Lead for the UKSSB and member of the BOAs Education Committee

Testimonials from previous course participants.

"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".

"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".