01 Jan 2014

Volume 2 Issue 1


Firstly I have to pay tribute to Martyn Porter for getting JTO off to a great start, setting an extremely high standard. In this, my first issue as JTO Editor, I’d like to welcome my Deputy Editor, Ananda Nanu to the Editorial Team, Mike Foy as Medico-legal Editor and Jeya Palan as Trainee section editor. These well-deserved appointments reflect the very positive comments we have had for these subjects in previous editions. To ensure comprehensive coverage of other areas in future issues, we plan to involve Guest Editors for each issue to focus on a topic or specialty. Next issue it will be Trauma with Nigel Rossiter editing the peer review section.

This issue is packed full of news, especially following the fantastic BOA Annual Congress (pages 8-11), a word from our new President Tim Briggs (page 2) and the new T&O Curriculum app that has a buzz amongst the trainees (page 3) to pick a few. You heard from Peter Kay last issue in his position as NCD for MSK; this issue’s focus is the new NCD for Spinal Disorders – Charles Greenough, who gives us an overview of what his primary focuses are and what he hopes to achieve (page 18). Adam Brooks challenges us to improve procurement in the NHS (page 33).

In our Medico-legal section of the JTO, you will read an article from a psychiatrist on Orthopaedic surgeons (guaranteed a chuckle) (page 48) as well as a learned article on the Jackson reforms (page 44).