I am applying for the post of BOA and BOTA Culture and Diversity Champion as I am committed to promoting an inclusive workplace and culture within orthopaedics and I have already been involved in work in this area.
My work with the local Women in Surgery group and as a mentor with the Newcastle University Surgical Society, providing career guidance and surgical experience to students interested in a career in surgery have given me opportunities to address perceived barriers to a surgical career with several students and trainees, including those who are parents of young children.
Having recently co-chaired a session at the BOA congress on gender balance in medicolegal reporting, with the intention of identifying barriers to involvement, we proposed mentorship for new consultants as a strategy to improve diversity of representation.
I feel that my previous involvement in diversity and inclusion work would be valuable to the post of Culture
and Diversity Champion and the post would offer further opportunities to positively influence orthopaedic culture regionally and nationally.