Journal of Trauma & Orthopaedics – Vol 3 Issue 1

From the Editor

So we enter 2015 in the knowledge that this is the year of an election a time of uncertainty which breeds an air of despondency. How will the political scene change? Will we be confronted with more change? Should we be pushing our political voice through the BMA? Should we embrace new ways of getting an even handed discussion about Orthopaedics into the public arena? As we all know change for changes sake does not always achieve predictable consequences, so maybe the right thing is to use the structures and tools available to us and push our agenda hard for the sake of our patients. One of our tools is now the established JTO, so sit back, read, shout at the bits you don’t like and write us a letter or two!

This issue is jam-packed full of great features including a Trauma update from Prof Christopher Moran, the National Clinical Director for Trauma (page 16). His article focuses on his commitment to two key areas: fragility fractures and major trauma.

We see how reconfiguring orthopaedic services in a difficult changing environment has affected two merged hospitals in the Bristol and Maidstone areas (page 20).

BOTA President, Peter Smitham, commissioned an article about a trainee led mentor programme for help passing the FRCS exams which you will find on page 36.

The Medico-legal section in this issue is part one of the Code of Practice for orthopaedic surgeons preparing reports in personal injury and other cases, approved by the Professional Practice Committee (page 38). You will find part two in our next issue.

You may be wondering about the front cover image. This piece of artwork is called “Ballet” by the artist Mojgan Safa. Mojgan was born with Cerebral Palsy but found that she had incredible dexterity with her toes. She painted this piece with her foot. This leads us onto the focus of our Peer-Review Section which is Foot & Ankle thanks to our Guest Editor, Fred “the foot” Robinson. You will find a general interest piece about the BOFAS Course and scientific piece on osteochondral lesions and a controversial piece being the pros and cons of minimally invasive forefoot surgery on pages 46-58. Our regular “How I Do…” piece submitted by a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Society (OTS) follows these and appropriately is about ankles (page 59).

On a sad note we also pay tribute to an incredibly brave man – Stuart Calder – who will be deeply missed (page 62).

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).

Inspiring confidence, knowledge and safety in foot and ankle surgery

Localisation of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talar Dome

Minimally Invasive Forefoot Surgery

How I...Fix Ankle Fractures in Diabetic Patients

Reference Lists

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

When Two Become One

Wilful neglect and ill-treatment – new criminal offence

Improvements in Musculoskeletal Triage and Assessment

When Two Become One – Full Version

When Two Become One - Full Version