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Tom Key

Welsh Rep

Thomas Key is the Welsh representative for the BOTA Committee. He is currently working in Swansea as an ST6 registrar on the All Wales Orthopaedic Rotation and is an aspiring shoulder surgeon.

As the Welsh BOTA representative, Thomas is the voice of the Welsh trainees on the BOTA national committee in addition to a number of key roles within the Welsh deanery. These include being involved in organisation of the Welsh registrars’ academic day, held virtually the first time in 2020, organising the TOTY process in Wales, and most recently, organising a focus group for Welsh trainees to feedback and suggest improvements to maximise training opportunities in the COVID-19 era in the Welsh deanery.

For the BOTA committee, Thomas collaborates for BOTAs national projects including the BOTA congress and the Bare Bones/Sunday Supper educational series.

Outside of orthopaedic surgery, Thomas is a keen water sports enthusiast and particularly enjoys surfing at the local welsh beaches and sailing, where he previously competed at both a regional and national level.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact him at

Role Responsibilities

Representing interests of orthopaedic trainees on matters affecting speciality training in Wales. Involves close interface with the Deanery/Health Education & Improvement Wales via TPD and Wales training programme educational committee. Attendance at pan-specialty trainee engagement forums, promotion of surgical/orthopaedic careers and widening participation initiatives at a regional and national level. Responsible for raising awareness of excellent training opportunities available in the region and welcoming of new trainees to Wales as well as co-ordinating aspects of the Welsh Orthopaedic Society Meeting and the annual Registrar Research Day including nomination and voting for Welsh Trainer of the Year. The logistics of this are supported by a Welsh Regional BOTA rep. There is plenty of scope to engage as a BOTA representative on other committees and to take a role in helping to organise and co-ordinate BOTA events and campaigns.

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