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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.

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

ISCP Meeting - 31st March 2016

The Vice President of BOTA (Simon Fleming) attended this meeting and the hot topics were as follows ... 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

JCST Meeting - 14th April 2016

The Vice President of BOTA (Simon Fleming) attended this meeting and the hot topics were as follows ... 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

BOA Council Meeting

This was my last BOA Council meeting as BOTA President and it continued to feel as if this committee... Read more

AoMRC - Welfare Letter to Trainee Doctors

  Dear colleagues, We understand the considerable pressure junior doctors are under at the ... Read more


I attended the annual BOA/SAC/TPD forum this year and was involved in the programme. The meeting was... Read more

Meeting with Health Education England and London LETB regarding decision for zero NTNs in T&O for October 2016

I was granted a meeting with Prof. Liz Hughes, Director and Dean of Education and Quality at HEE (Lo... Read more

BOA Professional Practice Committee Meeting

The PPC met this month with a number of high profile points for discussion.  The first was the Befo... Read more

The BONE / BOTA Lost Tribe National Project Update

Earlier this year, we ran a national project that 220 of you collaborated in. We submitted an abstra... Read more

JCST Meeting - 19th May 2016

The Vice President of BOTA (Simon Fleming) attended this meeting and the hot topics were as follows ... Read more

ACAS settlement in Junior Doctor Dispute Report

With news today that the BMA and Department of Health have reached agreement on a new Junior Doctor ... Read more

BMA Specialty Update - 23/05/16

Today I attended the BMA Multi-Specialty Working Group meeting chaired my Dr. Johann Malawana chair ... Read more

The NEW BOTA App (for iOS and Android)

We have developed a new App for iOS and Android containing all things BOTA. It will specifically ... Read more

How do I get involved on the BOTA Committee?

The British Orthopaedic Trainees Association (BOTA) Committee is ...
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BOTA / BONE - Paediatric Orthopaedic Trauma Snapshot [POTS]

With the roaring success of the BONE / BOTA Lost Tribe audit project (221 collaborators in 101 hospi... Read more

The BOTA Census 2016

Are you happy with your training? Would would you change to make your training experience better? Ar... Read more

ASIT/BOTA Statement on Junior Doctor Referendum Results

In light of the result of the referendum regarding the Junior Doctor Contract, The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) and the British Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association (BOTA) would like to thank the BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee (JDC) for their exceptional... Read more

Volunteer for World Orthopaedic Concern this September!

Dear trainees, our friends at World Orthopaedic Concern have an exciting volunteering opportunity this September... Read more

Join Zinc

Zinc was founded by a junior doctor and computer scientist that share a mutual belief that technology can enable audit, service improvement, and medical research for the betterment of patient care. Read more to find out. Read more

POTS Certificates for contributors

A big thank you to all contributors to the POTS study! Please collect your certificate here!! Read more

BOA Professional Practice Committee Meeting

As the new Publicity Rep for BOTA I attended the Professional Practice Committee at the BOA in August.  This committee aims to guide and shape our profession as orthopaedic surgeons. Read more

ASIT/BOTA Statement regarding decision for further industrial action

The British Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association (BOTA) and The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) committees regret that the BMA is in a position where further industrial action has been deemed necessary. We would like to reiterate our support for all our members and junior doctors at this time – we remain united. Read more

Frontline-led Quality Improvement Organisation Networking Event

BOTA/BONE were invited to attend this inaugural event held at the Health Foundation, to meet the leaders of other quality-improvement (QI) initiatives. Read more

Time Does Not Equal Training - A response to the proposed plan for a 70-hour working week for London surgical trainees

Read BOTA's position on the proposed plan for a 70-hour working week for London surgical trainees. Read more

1st Scottish Trauma and Orthopaedics Trainee Symposium (STOTS)

The 1st September 2016 saw the introduction of the Scottish Trauma and Orthopaedic Trainees Symposium (STOTS), a national day of orthopaedic registrar teaching which took place at the Dunblane Hydro. Read more

Report on SAC Meeting, September 2016

As SAC representative, I attended the quarterly SAC meeting on behalf of BOTA.  The SAC is the committee that decides on the requirements for us to CCT in Trauma and Orthopaedics.  There were a number of issues discussed and I would like to flag up the following areas that I feel are important to the membership. Read more

Update on waypoint assessments for ST4 and ST6 trainees

Reminder to ST4 and ST6 trainees: The ST4 and ST6 waypoint checklists are available on the JCST website at http://www.jcst.org/quality-assurance/certification-guidelines Read more