Welcome to this years edition of JOINT. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our contributors who have taken time out of their busy schedules to provide such interesting articles for this year’s JOINT.

The aim of the journal is to keep trainees up to date with the work of the committee but also to raise awareness of current topics that are relevant to all orthopaedic surgeons in training.

Some of the featured articles in the review section highlight the important work that BOTA has been doing throughout the year including our survey findings on WBA’s. In particular, the linkman roadshow makes for some extremely interesting reading, highlighting huge variations in training and opportunities around the UK. It is certainly an opportunity for all of us to learn from
examples of good practice and consider how we can engage to improve our own regions.

I would also like to draw your attention to the prizes section. This year BOTA have awarded
a record number of prizes and grants, which I would encourage, all of you to apply for in the upcoming year. As you will see from the winning reports the experiences and
opportunities gleaned are fantastic and not to be missed.

I would also like to thank industry for their continuing support towards BOTA, without whom this publication would simply not be possible. Finally I would like to thank Excel
Publishing who have been instrumental in fundraising, and graphic design.

JOINT 2015