|Date||17th January 2014|
|Venue||Bath Spa Hotel|
|Secretaries||Sam Gill & Kate Baldwin|
The meeting originally planned for autumn 2013 was held in January 2014 in the elegant surroundings of the Bath Spa Hotel. Hosted by Matthew Burwell (pictured with colleagues Grey Giddins and Gavin Jennings from the Royal United Hospital), the audience heard a range of high-quality trainee presentations from across the orthopaedic spectrum.
Best paper prize was awarded to Mr Avik Mitra for his paper from Swindon on UKR to TKR revision (pictured receiving his certificate from Professor Tim Briggs, the Pridie guest lecturer), with 2 others highly commended – Sabine Barbur from Bath on PFNA complications and Richard Barksfield for his paper on trauma re-operations.
The first guest lecture was given by military Plastic surgeon Colonel Alan Kay (ex Frenchay) who delivered an insight into the challenges faced on deployment in Afghanistan and elsewhere and also the workload of the team in Birmingham.
Mr Grey Giddins then combined his interests in DRUJ instability and the biomechanics of falling in delivering a guest lecture that included the demonstration of both a novel wrist protector incorporated into a leather glove (aimed at osteoporotic ladies walking on icy pavements!) and a DRUJ instability measurement tool.
Current BOA President Prof Tim Briggs (pictured with Matthew Burwell) gave the 2013 Pridie Memorial lecture entitled “Getting it right first time”, challenging the audience to deliver effective and efficient orthopaedic services in the current cost-constrained environment. His talk provoked prolonged discussion about how this could affect the delivery of orthopaedics in the South West, and what minimum requirements (numbers and outcomes) for units and individual surgeons should be.
The discussion continued in the bar and over an excellent dinner.
The next SWOC meeting will be hosted by Andy Murphy and Ben Holroyd in Plymouth on Friday June 13th 2014.