Journal of Trauma & Orthopaedics – Vol 2 Issue 4

From the new Editor – What’s the Agenda?

Firstly I would like to thank Colin Howie for his time as Editor and for maintaining an extremely high standard. In the final issue of this year we look back at the BOA’s 2 day meeting in Brighton including reviews from various perspectives on pages 3 and 4. We welcome four new Trustees to the BOA who give you an insight into their lives on page 8 and 9. 
This issue has some excellent features including an article about the BOA’s plans for funding clinical research through the York Trials Unit by creating the BOA Orthopaedic Surgery Research Centre, on page 16.   You will also read an article about how to engage juniors in T&O surgery on page 18.

Benjamin Ellis from Arthritis Research UK has written an interesting piece about bridging the musculoskeletal measurement gap on page 24 and Phil Lewis from NHS Supply Chain updates us on procurement and performance data collection which you can read on page 20.
Our Medico-legal Editor, Mike Foy brings you two articles about knowing the limits of your competence and indemnity for treating NHS patients from page 36. Our trainee section this issue focuses on JCST guidelines which you can find on pages 34-35.
Our peer review section focuses on the spine, with thanks to our Guest Editor, Alistair Stirling. You will find a general interest piece on footdrop which is written as a debate between two orthopaedic surgeons, a scientific piece on chronic low back pain and a controversial article on adult spine deformity on pages 40-49. Our second “How I Do…” piece submitted by a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Society (OTS) follows these on page 50.
We also pay tribute in this issue to three great men – John Fixsen, Stuart Calder and Louis Solomon who will be sorely missed (pages 52-53).
Just for fun on pages 26-27 have a go at our quiz with your family over the festive period.
The Agenda is that this is your BOA, your JTO. You want to tell your colleagues something, you want to challenge their thoughts and perceptions on issues that matter to us all in our professional lives -this is your voice, feel free to suggest things, gives us content, give us controversy (!
Season’s Greetings.

Ian Winson – BOA Vice President Elect

Peer Reviewed Articles

Please find below downloadable copies of the peer reviewed articles in this issue (including all references).

Debate Article: "Footdrop - Head and Heart"

A Potentially Treatable Cause of Chronic Low Back Pain

Patient Safety in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery

How I...Fix Tibial Plateau Fractures Percutaneously

Reference Lists

Please find below the reference lists for features and news articles in this issue.

The implications of an increased use of new oral anticoagulants in the community for fracture and elective surgery

Louis Solomon Obituary – Full Version

Louis Solomon Obituary