Supporting the Orthopaedic Specialty Trainees of Today, For the Patients of Tomorrow

BOTA is an independent professional body promoting surgical excellence in trauma & orthopaedic surgical training within the United Kingdom. Founded in 1978 it is an organisation run by trainees, for trainees, for the benefit of patients.

ISCP Management and ISCP Data

The Vice President of BOTA (Simon Fleming) attended this meeting and discussed the hot topics of th...
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Mersey Regional JDC Meeting - 11/08/15

Presentation from Dr Andrew Collier (National JDC Co-­?Chair) regarding the current contractual ...
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BOTA Educational Congress 2016 - Dates Announced

The 2016 BOTA Educational Congress will take place on 16-19th June at Hinckley Island, Leicestershi...
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Position Statement: The Worsening Crisis of Medical Recruitment and Retention in the NHS

This statement highlights concerning trends regarding the ongoing crisis in the NHS regarding medic...
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BOTA/ASiT Statement on credentialing in postgraduate surgical practice

The General Medical Council (GMC) has outlined its plans for credentialing in postgraduate medical p...
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Announcing OrthoEvidence Access for BOTA Members

On behalf of BOTA and OrthoEvidence, we are happy to announce that we have acquired unlimited access...
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Position Statement: A statement on the decision to impose Junior Doctors’ Contract reform

"...Junior doctors already work 7 days a week to provide acute care to the UK population, and have n...
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ISCP Management and ISCP Data - 22/09/2015

The Vice President of BOTA (Simon Fleming) attended this meeting and the hot topics were as follows ...
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Open letter to Secretary of State for Health: Trainees warn imposition of contract threatens future of UK healthcare

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    Response from the Surgical Royal Colleges on Current Contract Proposals

    Dear Mustafa, Thank you for your sending BOTA’s statement on the Junior Doctors Contract discussi...
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    Report on BMA Speciality Update 07/10/15

    Mr James Shelton [email protected] @bota_bma Dear Members, I have just finished a meeting at BMA...
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    RCS England Council Meeting 8th October 2015

    I attended the Royal College of Surgeons (England) Council meeting as BOTA President. The meeting in...
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    ST3 Recruitment - SDG Meeting 7-8th Oct 2015

    The first meeting of the Selection Design Group met in London. This year’s process includes 3 invi...
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    RCS Council discussion on the junior doctors’ contract

    Our BOTA President, Mustafa Rashid, was in attendance yesterday at the Royal College of Surgeons of ...
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    JCST Meeting - 14/10/2015 - ?Staggering trainee changeover...

    The Vice President of BOTA (Simon Fleming) attended this meeting and the hot topics were as follows;...
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    JCST Quality Assurance Meeting - 26/10/2015

    The Vice President of BOTA (Simon Fleming) attended this meeting and the hot topics were as follows;...
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    BOTA Declines Invitation to Meet with The Secretary of State for Health

    On Wednesday 11th November, BOTA President, Mustafa Rashid, was invited to meet with the Secretary o...
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    A Statement on The Shape of Training Reform and How it Will Affect Surgical Training

    It may come as a surprise to many of you that the Shape of Training reform, coordinated nationally b...
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    Report from the Intercollegiate Specialty Examination in T&O Standard Setting Meeting

      I was pleased to attend the above meeting and was warmly welcomed by the panel members. Th...
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    Latest from the BMA on #JuniorContract & Industrial Action

    I am sure you are all aware that the current impasse between the BMA and NHSEmployers has forced the...
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    Junior Doctors’ Dispute: Guest Column in HCSA Journal

    BOTA President MUSTAFA RASHID urges consultants to actively show support for junior doctors amid sig...
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    Multi-Specialty Working Group Meeting - 23/11/2015

    Today (23/11/15) was the first Multi-Specialty Working Group of the year, which comprises of the BMA...
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    ST3 National Selection Meeting - 30/11/2015

    Mustafa Rashid (President), Marshall Sangster (current SAC rep), Nick Ferran (previous BOTA SAC rep)...
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    RCSEd Orthopaedic Surgical Specialty Board Meeting

    At the OSSB, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh discussed the possibility of increasing the ...
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    RCS Council Meeting - 10/12/2015

    The RCS Council meeting was held and various topics were discussed. Specific to T&O trainees, wa...
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    BOA Council Meeting - 16/12/2015

    The final BOA Council meeting of the year was held. The agenda included some interesting development...
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    ASiT’s Annual Presidents Forum - 10/12/2015

    The Association of Surgeons in Training held their annual Presidents Forum which included most of th...
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    BOA Educational Board Meeting - 16/12/2015

    The Educational Board meeting was held and included some very important updates on the BOA’s educa...
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    Industrial Action set to take place as negotiations break down

    I am sure many of you will have heard through various media outlets that the contract negotiations h...
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    BOTA Leadership Course 2016 - Report

    Each year, our Linkmen work tirelessly to act as the first point of contact for BOTA members across ...
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    How NOT To Fail The FRCS Course Report

    BOTA’s inaugural “How NOT to fail the FRCS (Tr&Orth) Course - A course about examination tec...
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    Junior Doctor Industrial Action: What's it all about

    Tomorrow our profession will take part in landmark industrial action against the imposition of a con...
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    Lost Tribe Audit - Starting Next Monday 18th!

    Due to the upcoming strikes we have had to bring forward the ...
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    Winter SCOT Meeting Report

    The Winter SCOT, one of the largest Scottish national orthopaedic meetings was held once again at th...
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    BOA EdComm Report - January 2016

    This month’s EdComm meeting was opened by Zaamin Hussain, a medical student from Cambridge Univers...
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    Saturday is a line in the sand

    Many of you will be aware that the talks between the BMA, ACAS and the department of health lead by ...
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    What are the major sticking points?

    I have now had an opportunity to scrutinise the letter from Sir David Dalton to the Health Secretary...
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    BOA Patient Liason Group Meeting [05/02/16]

    The Patient Liason Group of the BOA was set up in 2004 to involve patient representatives and advoca...
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    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow January Meeting

    Emphasis was made regarding the overwhelming support to our English colleagues during the recent doc...
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    Position Statement: Response to imposition of Junior Doctors' Contract

    On February 11th 2016, the Secretary of State for Health Mr Jeremy Hunt announced in the House of Co...
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    Letter to David Cameron Condemning Decision to Impose Junior Doctor Contract

    BOTA President, Mustafa Rashid, was involved in the composition of the following letter sent to Dav...
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    BMA Multi-Specialty Working Group Update - 25/02/2016

      As you are no doubt aware the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt announced to parliament that ...
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    BMA Update on Shape of Training - 25/02/2016

    Whilst the junior doctor contact imposition continues to grab headlines the progression of the shape...
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    Response from David Cameron on Imposition of Junior Doctor Contract

    Following the letter sent to Number 10 Downing Street from the The Academy of Medical Royal Col... Read more

    BOA Training Standards Committee Meeting – March 2016

    March saw the return of TSC, with potential curriculum changes high on the agenda, particularly the ... Read more

    Update on Consultant Contract Negotiations

    Today I have attended the BMA’s consultant contract road show in Liverpool for an update from the ... Read more

    Trainee Fees. Are they going up?

    BOTA President Mustafa Rashid contacted the Joint Surgical Colleges in January regarding trainee fee... Read more

    Escalation of Industrial Action

    As many of you will be aware BOTA ran a consultation with the regional linkmen to get a view on esca... Read more

    Junior Doctor Contracts - Johann's Summary of Events

    Over the last few months we have all become more active on social media. I have spent much of the la... Read more

    Junior doctor contract imposition is flawed on every level

    The government is currently in the process of unilaterally imposing a contract on the junior doctors... Read more

    Core Surgical Training Committee Meeting

    It was confirmed that the new CST curriculum will not be implemented this August, but will instead b... Read more

    Position Statement: Equality Analysis of the New Junior Doctor’s Contract

    Reading the details of the Equality Analysis for the new junior d...
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    Junior Doctor's Contract Summary

    On the 31st of March 2016 the Department of Health/NHS Employers released the full terms and conditi... Read more

    TOTY 2016 - Top 3 Trainers Announced

    After weeks of the BOTA Link-men and women canvasing option from their regions across the UK, we hav... Read more

    T&O National Recruitment - London NTNs Update

    I am sure many of you have seen the “Trauma & Orthopaedics ST3 National Recruitment 2016 Prefe... Read more