Virtual Training Orthopaedic Trainers Course (V-TOTs)


The Training Orthopaedic Trainers (TOTs) programme aims to improve the standard of teaching for those in trauma and orthopaedic (T&O) training and practice. The underlying premise is that if T&O trainers understand how people learn and how the T&O curriculum works, by translating that understanding into action, they should improve their teaching.

Whilst face-to-face programmes have been suspended, the BOA has created the V-TOTs programme run entirely on line. The V-TOTs courses are running now and we have had significant interest from those wishing to join a future course. If you would like to book onto a future course, please email and we will add you to the waiting list and contact you as soon as places are available. Future course dates are being confirmed now. Those who need to meet imminent CCT requirements will be given priority, but once those needs are met, anyone is welcome to join.

Disclaimer: Please note that when we are able to offer a course to you, you will be provided with an online link to book and pay online. Your place is only treated as confirmed once payment is received.

Course Structure

We will use

  • Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp and Zoom (if necessary) to achieve learning outcomes through screencasts,  activities  and a learning log with feedback from the moderator and cohort colleagues
  • Microsoft Team Call/Zoom for at least one 3-4 hour live session for teaching simulations with feedback, and discussions.  

Participants should complete the programme within 3 weeks of the start date.



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 15,000 surgeons, from 68 countries within Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Identify personal development needs as a trainer
  • Focus on relevant issues arising from the T&O curriculum
  • Apply principles of learning including feedback to improve teaching
  • Help learners develop capabilities:
    • Working with the multidisciplinary team
    • In the operating theatre
    • During an unselected emergency take
    • Caring for in-patients
    • In an outpatients clinic
  • Maximise opportunities in practice for:
    • Assessment
    • Small group teaching
    • Lecturing
    • Simulation & technology enhanced learning
    • Reflection
    • Supporting learners with additional needs

Course Assessment

There will be 8-10 participants on each course and although not summatively assessed, we offer peer and educator led feedback. ISCP Workplace Based Assessments can be completed incorporating this feedback.

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

“Excellent and enjoyable course. For one who thought of himself as a conscientious teacher, I realised the usefulness of modern teaching methods.”

“All doctors need exposing to this at an early stage in their careers.”

“I’ve just had a formal feedback summary from our education lead, and I’ve seen a huge increase in quality scores. All thanks to the techniques I learned.”

“Much more useful and applicable as this was a course aimed at training orthopaedic trainers and not simply a generic teach the teacher course – specifics of the curriculum, technical skills, cases/teaching topics selected.”

Course Fees: 

The course fee is £400 for BOA members (£700 for non-members).

Fees are payable at the time of registration.

Booking terms:
By booking onto this course you consent to:

  • The BOA Privacy Policy found here
  • The use of Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp and Zoom for all communication and learning material needs
  • Sharing any of your own, or others, personal details in any of the above software/programmes is not permitted