Journal of Trauma & Orthopaedics – Vol 6 / Issue 3

From the Executive Editor

The Congress issue of the JTO contains a broad spread of articles to inform and stimulate our readership.  This is my final “From the Executive Editor” after two years in post and I find it no easier to select those articles that receive comment from me in this section.

We are very honoured to have received a letter of congratulations from our patron, HRH the Prince of Wales.  It is optimistic and farsighted and includes a challenge to use our influence to help those countries less fortunate than ourselves.

The BOA is rightly proud of its leading role in training and education.  Many enthusiastic and committed people have worked together to deliver the national trainee Bootcamp which is outlined by Matt Gray.  The framework for this course should be the basis of an enhanced induction for all our trainees so they really do hit the ground running.

A recurring theme for our Association is the unremitting pressure to limit access to effective surgical treatment for those with musculoskeletal disease.  Commissioners are themselves struggling to cope with financial restrictions and are taking aim at perceived soft targets and using selected or misquoted evidence for support.  The article by John Skinner should be mandatory reading for those who are negotiating with purchasers of healthcare so that they can ensure our patients are not disadvantaged or discriminated against.

One of the success stories of recent years has been the development of Major Trauma Centres and the demonstrable impact this has had on outcomes across the UK.  Paul Dixon describes the next steps to ensure the best possible management of those with complex orthopaedic injuries by utilising the skills which reside across an extended network.

Many of us have felt the frustrations of using IT at work which seems designed to impede rather than facilitate.  Multiple log-ins, interminable start-up times and an inability for the systems to cope with running more than one programme at a time are common gripes.  Nevertheless, the future undoubtedly is digital and we have a section of articles that show what can be achieved by persistence and entrepreneurial spirit.  They demonstrate how we can utilise technology to inform, educate, assess and engage for the benefit of our profession and our patients.

As I hand over the executive editorship of our Journal, I would like to thank the editorial team who have made it such a pleasure and I wish my successor well as I move to take over the Presidential role.

Phil Turner – BOA Vice President

Subspecialty Section

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

The Introduction of an Electronic Inpatient Referral System (EIRS)

Survey of Senior Frontline Clinicians on Information Technology Quality in Trauma and Orthopaedic Departments across the UK

The Future of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Role of Simulation

Optimising Surgeons‘ Education to Optimise Patients’ Outcomes

Reference Lists

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

Rationing and Barriers to Access in Orthopaedic Surgery

The Use of the Internet by Orthopaedic Out-patients in 2015 compared to 2001

Operations I No Longer Do…MACI for Chondral Grafting

High Court Rejects Claims on Metal on Metal (MoM) Implants

In Memoriam

Please find below the downloadable full obituaries from the In Memoriam Section in this issue.

Adrian Flatt (26th August 1921 – 14th October 2017)

William Alexander Souter (11th May 1933 – 1st June 2018)

Richard Geoffrey Burwell (1st July 1928 – 7th January 2018)

Nigel Cobb (5th March 1929 – 20th June 2018)