This was the first RCPSG Trainees Committee meeting chaired by the 2016-18 executive committee. The majority of the meeting was spent on discussing plans to expand the RCPSG education event portfolio. The RCPSG now hosts an annual orthopaedic symposium and a core orthopaedic practical skills course.
There was a brief mention of Shape of Training. There are currently no plans to institute a pilot in Scotland. The concerns with ShoT from the orthopaedic community and BOTA were noted.
Lastly, it would appear that the Physician Assistants were hoping to have a regulatory body and the General Medical Council is a potential candidate for this. Scotland has had some experience with PAs in orthopaedics (Hairmyres Hospital in West of Scotland and Aberdeen) but it is yet to be seen if PAs will play a more prominent role in service provision.
Mr. Andraay Leung (BOTA West of Scotland Linkman, RCPSG TC Vice Chair)