Many thanks to all of you who filled out the BOTA Census 2016, the results are being analysed and will be prepared for presentation and publication.

Congratulations to Lara Thompson winner of the Census prize draw who is the lucky recipient of £1849 to pay for her FRCS, not a bad rate of return for filling out a google form!

It remains a difficult time for junior doctors in the UK with the imposition of the new contract and the impeding consultant contract negotiations. Unsurprisingly this is already taking it’s toll on recruitment with 40% of medical school graduates this year not entering foundation training.

We have decided to change the format of the BOTA educational congress and also move it to November 2017. We believe this is a more convenient time of year for many of you based on the Census results. For this coming  year we also plan to have a one day BOTA educational update day in June 2017 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London packed full of as many CCT requirements and CV building activities as we can! We will keep you updated.

Best wishes,

The BOTA committee