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Thomas Harding

Scottish Rep

Tom has been the Scottish BOTA representative since 2018. He graduated from the University of Glasgow, and after gaining wider experience overseas, he returned to Scotland to pursue a career in Orthopaedics. He is a strong advocate for trainees and has an overwhelming desire to improve the standards of training throughout the UK.

Through BOTA he represents trainees on the Scottish Academy Trainee Doctors group (SATDG), RCSEd Subspecialty Board, RCSPG Trainee Doctor Group, elogbook redevelopment group, SCOT (Scottish Committee for Orthopaedics and Trauma), and the SCOTNET research collaborative. In addition to these committee roles, he organises the infamous STOTS national training day and dinner, the Silver Sgian Dubh Award and the Bon Oeuf.
Within the sphere of Orthopaedics his interests lie in the fields of revision hip, pelvis and trauma. In his spare time, he can be found on the rugby field, tennis court or halfway up a Munro, often with the family in tow.

Role Responsibilities

Liaison for Scottish orthopaedic trainees and national orthopaedic committees on matters affecting specialty training in Scotland from ST1-8. Supported by a team of four regional representatives (South-East Scotland, East, West, North). Course convener for the Scottish Trauma and Orthopaedics Trainees Symposium (STOTS) – an educational day and dinner for all orthopaedic trainees in Scotland. Held in september in conjunction with Summer SCOT conference the following day. Organise and run the Sgian-Dubh award - the Scottish Orthopaedic Trainer of the Year award, which is awarded at Winter SCOT. Organise and run the Bon Ouef award (every 2 years). This is the award given to the orthopaedic trainee who is voted by both trainees and consultants as the ‘Good Egg’ of the trainees. Attend committee meetings below and liaise back to BOTA.