The British Orthopaedic Association was establishment in 1918 with twelve founding members. We now have over 4,300 members worldwide, the majority focused in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is a pivotal organisation within the British surgical scene, representing about 40% of the total surgical workforce. Our vision is a vibrant, sustainable, representative orthopaedic community giving high quality, effective care to fully informed patients. We seek to achieve this by ensuring that the Government’s Health Care improvement take full account of the need for properly resourced and accessible musculoskeletal services. This preference given the UK’s demographics and the fact that musculoskeletal disorders account for annually expenditure of some £5Bn: trauma and orthopaedic practitioners really can transform our patients’ lives. Our mission, therefore, is to advance for the public benefit the practice, art and science of orthopaedic surgery. To do this we have planned a strategy focused on our main objectives of excellence in professional practice, training and education, and research.
For each core objective we are currently developing a five year plan that sets out short, medium and long term deals. We review progress in each area periodically throughout the year, culminating with an final report to Council. Because of the step of change across the health care system we keep that report light on words and long on things in the form of a presentation: effectively it becomes a decision support tool to inform future priorities across our three core objectives.Read More»